Mac users looking for a software solution that allows them to share a single keyboard and mouse with multiple computers have had a likely experienced a great deal of heartache over the years. Synergy has been around for a long time but it’s always been a bag of hurt. It’s cross-platform but not user-friendly, let alone Mac-like. If you can get it to work you should count yourself lucky. But don’t worry, your luck won’t last long. One day that setup will just stop working and then the real pain begins. The problems with Synergy were what made me a big fan of a solution called Teleport. At one time it was a great solution and far easier than Synergy to configure. But then the Mac OS was updated and updated again. And either the developers of Teleport weren’t interested in maintaining support or they just weren’t up to the challenge. Teleport hasn’t worked properly for me in years! Looking at the support forum and searching Google quickly proved I wasn’t the only one having trouble.
So where does that leave us? If you’re a computer user who has more than one computer on your desk, in a perfect world, all of those machines could be controlled using a single keyboard and mouse. For example, I have a Mac Mini with 2 monitors attached. But I frequently need to use my MacBook Pro at the same desk. I want to control both the Mac Mini and the MacBook Pro from the same keyboard and mouse. And while Synergy and Teleport have either proven unreliable or outright failures, an alternative software solution called ShareMouse, thankfully, has proven an extremely viable solution.