I use ShareMouse Enterprise to share my keyboard and mouse between my SP4 and my desktop.
When I was looking for an alternative to Synergy to share between my MacBook and Surface I found this one. I had to tweak a few settings to get it the way I wanted but it worked 100% of the time compared to the mess that was Synergy last I tried it.
There aren't any that I'm aware of that can do that. Though it would be possible to write a program to do, nothing exists as of now. I'd recommend using a clipboard sharer similar to this
Thanks, that's not one I had heard of before.
Functionality seems similar to Sharemouse referenced on the Maxivista site:
I've been using the beta of the above and it performs pretty well. It's cross platform and offers file transfer both ways and to the location the file is dragged to.
Nice to know there are alternatives although this isn't exactly what I am looking for. I want to use my additional laptop as a second monitor to allow extended desktop use from the main machine.
Spacedesk gives me the functionality I want but the lag is pretty much unbearable even at low compression settings. Shame, as using Spacedesk I can have that on one virtual desktop and still have full functionality of the spare machine on the other (controlled using Sharemouse or any of the others).
Have a look at KVMs ShareMouse. That's what are you looking for.
You can use mouse and Keyboard on any device for any device, share your clipboard (ctrl+c ctrl+v) device-width and share files just per drag and drop.
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I know you can drag and drop files with this software, not sure if you could drag windows from one to display on the other?
As you said I think an actual second monitor is going to be your best bet, but you might want to try it with your TV nearby just to see if you like it before you purchase.
Displays can be found very cheaply on craigslist/ebay/etc
I couldn't get the older open source free Synergy builds working, so I didn't want to spend money on the 2.0 version.
I ended up using the free http://www.keyboard-and-mouse-sharing.com
I ended up buying the older MX Master on sale which can connect to up to 3 devices between USB unifying and Bluetooth but my wireless Logitech K800 Keyboard is older and doesn't have any multi device functionality.
I really don't like that keyboard causes all kinds of and plan to replace it, but the bundles with the MX Master 2S used that keyboard, just an updated version.
Out of curiosity, what bugs are you experience with Synergy. I too am using this between OS X and Windows 10 and have not had any issues lately. I came from using ShareMouse which does the same thing but without Linux accessibility.
Like I said, this thing has been around for a long while, since before SSD's where a thing. I've never heard any complaints about ram usage from anyone who uses it.
Anyways, it's free software so you can just try it if you're really interested. I haven't used it myself, as I said, so i would have to google up a storm to really answer questions about it. You can get the software here: https://github.com/symless/synergy
Or you can test out one of the alternatives: http://www.keyboard-and-mouse-sharing.com/
Well, maybe you should look into some good multitasking software before buying 4 monitors then. Cheaper ones will lose focus or run into glitches when you switch between full-screen applications.
I see multiple suggestions for Synergy. Used it for a long time. Absolutely hated it. Found Share Mouse and couldn't be happier. No bugs (using v3 beta) and it performs much better than Synergy in my experience.
ScreenRecycler does exactly this but there is a bug in Yosemite with virtual displays where performance will continually drop until WindowServer can crash. My hackintosh crashes after a day or two connected to my iPad as a display. It also crashes when using a usb monitor. That's just my experience and I've read others having similar issues. I think your best is to use a mouse and keyboard sharing program like this one. With some tweaking it worked well for me. When your mouse hits the edge of the screen it switches to controlling the other computer. It worked a lot better than Synergy, my previous go to app, ever did.
There's this or you could buy a Logitech and use their unifying software. It's intended to pair keyboard/mouse at different locations (i.e. house and office) so you can bring them between places. I don't see why it wouldn't work with two computers next to each other. You'd have to have a receiver for each p.c., and I'm almost positive as long as it's in range to pick up the signal, it would work.