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Win2VNC is very cool

I got the tip from Crazy Bob and decided to try it tonight. Win2VNC basically allows you to connect to a server (via VNC) and you can simply move your mouse onto that VNC-ed machine and voila - your mouse and keyboard are on that monitor. It's almost too cool to describe. The only issues I found where that it doesn't work well with multiple monitors. I have two monitors plugged into my XP desktop, and if I choose "West" as my direction (to switch to my PowerBooks monitor), then that works, but I can't get it onto my primary monitor - it only shows up on the 2nd monitor. The issue is better described on the user forums. The easy workaround is to go "North" to switch monitors. The other annoying bugs are no mouse wheel support and no Alt+Esc support. This thread has a few patches for this. The first patch I tried seems to work the best, with both Alt+Esc and wheel support. This other one has an installer, but Alt+Esc didn't work for me.

If you have a laptop sitting next to a desktop - you've got to try this software - it's what you've always wanted.

Posted in Mac OS X at Jan 16 2004, 08:38:46 PM MST 5 Comments

Why, it's X Windows! :-)

Posted by B. K. Oxley (binkley) on January 18, 2004 at 10:27 AM MST #

You must have tried the latest version 1.2.0 because earlier versions don't have the special key support. On my systems, also Windows XP, ALT-ESC appears to work just fine. Please report details so that I can look into the matter and I might be able to solve it. By the way, multi-monitor support is currently next in the whishlist, so please stand-bye.

Posted by F. de Boer on January 20, 2004 at 07:23 AM MST #

Matt, how does Win2VBC compare to Synergy, which you introduced last year?

Posted by Michael on January 21, 2004 at 03:12 AM MST #

How does win2vnc compare to Chicken of the VNC OSX client? I have used that over a broadband SSH connection pretty effectively. Also, I ran into a company in Redwood City last week that is very heavy into Macs. They were running RDC from Microsoft to run sessions into an XP Pro workstation (or Windows running terminal services). I haven't tried this, but it looked much faster than VNC. RDC is a free download at (Microsoft's Mac site). One of the developers there said RDC established a separate user session from the PC's direct session, effectively enabling multiple users to use a single Windows box from multiple clients....but I haven't confirmed this yet. These guys were also starting to use iSight cameras between sites (a trend I'd like to see grow).

Posted by Vince Marco on January 22, 2004 at 09:34 PM MST #

This was just almost to cool to be true! I had to set up a laptop at work for a client and install a testversion of my webapp I am working on. I installed VNC on it and immediately got annoyed about the slowness of the screen updates even though the laptop is right next to my devstation. I remembered reading about win2vnc here and installed it and it and with the weelpatch it feels as zippy as working on the machine directly! It's a gem.

Posted by Jonas Larsson on January 29, 2004 at 04:18 PM MST #

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