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  MaxiVista v2 

I posted a long time ago about MaxiVista and how I use it to extend my desktop onto my laptop. I've been using version 2 for a month or two now, and found that I like it even more than before.

Here's a recap on MaxiVista (Read my post from Jan04 for more details). MaxiVista is software that allows you to add the monitor of another machine (could be another computer, or laptop, or tablet) as an additional monitor on your computer. This isn't something like desktop sharing or VNC, it actually adds the display of the other computer as an additional display adapter on your computer. It connects to the other display via an WLAN, Ethernet, Firewire or USB connection. I just connect to it over my network. That's just awesome, but nothing new there from version 1. Now here's where things get really useful with version 2. In addition to using my laptop as an additional (third) monitor on my pc, I can use MaxiVista as a KVM (sort of - more like just the KM part). As an additional monitor, I can drag windows from my pc to my laptop's display. While that is cool, I find that I use MaxiVista now more as a KVM, so I see my normal laptop desktop, but I can drag my mouse over to it's display and now my mouse and keyboard are controlling the laptop.

When I go out of town and have to prep my laptop to take with me, this is really useful. I don't like small laptop keyboards, sure I could use my docking station, but then I need another keyboard & mouse on my desk. I could use remote desktop, but that takes the display of my pc. This way, I can get my laptop ready to go using my pc's keyboard & mouse, and all I have to do is move my mouse to the laptop screen to control it, and then back to my desktop screen to control it again. Not only that, but with a press of a single key it becomes an additional monitor and I can use it to drag an application over to it. Not bad at all.


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  1. Kevin 8/22/2005 6:41 AM
    I also use Maxivista on three PCs. Works like a charme.I heavily recommend it.

    I tried Synergy and Multiplicity before but Maxivista's cool dual monitor feature plus the KVM clearly beats them.

  2. Stuart 10/7/2005 5:15 PM
    Wow - the fact that when in 'KVM' mode, I can copy to the clipboard and paste to my main machine is an absolute winner for me.. Amazing stuff.

  3. Gary 10/8/2005 10:39 AM
    Just gave MV a test run. I used my notebook as the second monitor. Everything worked as advertised.

    However.... There was a noticable 'jerkiness' on the secondary monitor. This included the mouse pointer and any window that is moved.

    I played around with all the performance options in MV to no avail. I am on a wireless connection by the way. 'G' wireless.

    I also gave Stardock's Multiplicity a test drive with the same two machines. Everything moved as 'smooth as silk' on my secondary notebook. No 'jerkiness' at all. Multiplicity also uses TCP/IP.

    I'd like to buy MV since it has the functionality of Multiplicity and allows extended screens and mirroring that Multiplicity doesn't have.

    Except I can not live with the 'jerkiness'. Any ideas on making things smooth???? I ran out of ideas. If Multiplicity is smooth why can't MV be also?
  4. Alex 10/13/2005 8:34 AM

    Although you have G wireless, if you are using a USB wireless adaptor that you plug into your laptop and/or your computer, and your laptop OR your computer has USB 1.0 port, you will never realize the speed of G wireless. You must be using USB 2.0 wireless adapter AND all of your machines (laptops, PCs...) must have USB 2.0-compatible ports. If this is not the case, your speed is actually much slower than G and perhaps that explains jerkiness.

    I don't know how right I am, it's just the first thing that came to my mind =)
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