Synergy combines your desktop devices together in to one cohesive experience. It's software for sharing your mouse and keyboard between multiple computers on your desk. It works on Windows, macOS and Linux.
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Pro Works on Windows, macOS, and Linux
Share one mouse, one keyboard, and one clipboard between multiple Windows, macOS, and Linux computers.
Pro Low latency cursor and keystrokes
Low latency can be ensured by directly connecting computers via crossover cable.
Pro Share the clipboard across multiple computers
Copy and paste images and text between all of your computers.
Pro This is a must-have if you work with multiple computers
Pro Great customer service
After purchasing a professional license with an affiliate code, there's a possible issue where you only have rights to the second version. You can contact customer service and they will respond quickly to add your professional license.
Pro SSL network encryption
Uses SSL network encryption which is especially important since the shared keyboard data may contain passwords, and the application can "control your computer" (as the MacOS X permissions dialog puts it) it is important to ensure that the connection between computers is secured so that even if you are using it on an open WiFi hotspot, others cannot see the data being sent, nor can they inject data into the connection.
Note: This feature is only included with Synergy Pro and all paid versions of Synergy 2.
Pro Devs are active on Github
Reported issues are covered quickly on the Github site.
Pro Partially open source software
Synergy is partially open source. The open core is released under the GPLv2 license and the code is freely available on Github.
Con Lacks many features of the competition
No Drag & Drop of files. Clipboard sharing is just plain text. No pics. No text formatting.
Con Paid binaries
While being partially open source, Symless charges for builds of their binaries, which is allowed by the GPL (open source license). Cost of $29 for Synergy Basic, or $39 for Synergy Pro. Older versions of the binaries are available for free, and the source code for the core of the app can be downloaded and compiled manually.
Con AltGr key (right Alt/Option key) does not work
This is an old bug they have had for many years and it can be very problematic for people who use keyboard that need that key a lot.
Con Scrolling in Chrome on Mac client is jittery
For some users, there is a bug which causes jittery movement on client. Scrolling on the server is normal.
Con Clicks don't get transferred to clients when the server is Windows
Bug's been open forever. Still not fixed.
Con Unreliable connection
Connection between computers often breaks with no reason.
Con Clumsy configuration
Not easy to configure.
Con The price seems to change constantly
Used to be free Open Source software but now prices seem to increase every few months.
Con Doesn't work with Mac (as server) with secure keyboard entry
If you use the Mac as the "server", the mouse will switch to the "client" computer but not the keyboard. Simply entering a password in Chrome on the Mac will enable the SecureEventInput and kill the ability to use the keyboard on a Synergy client. The Synergy client doesn't notify the user if this setting is enabled or not.
Con Not universally Unix compatible
Depending on what distro you have installed on your machine and your local network settings you may not be able to actually slave Microsoft machine to your Linux box.