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Input Director Reviews

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I tried all the others first, and had problems with each:

  • Synergy is no longer free. Even the nightly builds are crippleware.
  • Mouse Without Borders swaps all keyboard and mouse like devices from all machines to the active one, which prevents use of an HTPC remote on my HTPC when slaved to a laptop.
  • ShareMouse considers preventing the mouse from switching screens unless Ctrl is pressed to be a premium feature, and nags the crap out of you about it.
  • MWB and ShareMouse both have issues with controlling games.

ID has none of the above issues, and is completely free.

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The latest version of Input Director is v2.0 and was released on the 22nd August 2020. This version continues to be free for personal use. However, this version is not compatible with Windows systems that are connected to an Active Directory (AD) domain.
Which means that:

  • if you intend to use it on a personal computer and a work computer configuration, where your work computer is connected to an AD domain, you will need to purchase a commercial license.
  • If you try to install it on a computer connected to an AD domain, it will not install. Instead, you will get a warning indicating that the AD domain was detected and direct you to contact the author to purchase a commercial license.

New features include:

  • Input Director's user interface has been refreshed, modernized, and improved
  • Adding a new system is easier with a new 'Scan Network' feature to find other systems on the network running Input Director
  • There are no longer separate Master and Slave modes. Whether a computer is controllable and/or can control another comes down to how Input Director is configured
  • The merging of these two modes offers an opportunity to retire the terms Master and Slave. In v2.0, systems controlling other systems are referred to as Directors and the systems being controlled are Clients
  • Can control the frequency that input data is sent over the network between systems (useful for those with hi-resolution mice or less than perfect Wi-Fi connections)
  • Networking connectivity improvements for folks with complex network setups
  • Can exclude file copy/pastes from shared clipboard
  • Improvements to the installer to minimize reboots and automatically run a hands-free upgrade if there is an existing installation of Input Director
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The application is AWESOME. Has everything you need, it's secured. Easy to use. It's a shame we can't donate, but that makes the developer even greater person.
Big thumbs up!

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Very good, I'm using it in my company to manage 3 computers and 7 screens for one operator and i'm very very glad.

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Easy to use and very reliable. Best KVM app out here

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Made an immediate difference to my workflow on two computers. Amazingly easy to set up and use. Try this.

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More humane than Synergy, easier to set up and use,really great one!

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I had used Synergy for many years, until the development team started pursuing obscure feature updates at the expense of basic functionality. Although Synergy 2 has been released, I haven't tried it. I have found Input Director to be functional and stable.

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I normally don't leave review comments on any websites but I just want to take time to give a VERY HUGE THANKS to the developer of this VERY HELPFUL software it made work easy, instead of switching to 4 different keyboard and mouse I now only have to use 1. I checked on the developers forum and a lot of poeple wants to donate but the developer directed users to this website so came to give a HUGE THANKS to the developer. I've tried Mosue without borders, team view, share your mouse but Input Director is by FAR the best I have used. Again TYVM developer.

[Edited by n0mad, August 22]

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It is very very very good. I'm using it in a company where we need a lot information on eight screens connected on 4 computers, but for the user, it is like there is only one.

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For Windows PCs, start here, first!

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I've tried a number of KVM software programs over the years, particularly when I used to be really into Macs and needed something that supported it, but my tried and true has always been Input Director. I'm almost exclusively Windows now aside for some old Apple gear that rarely sees use, and even then, usually I'm in Boot Camp (Windows).

I've used Input Director to share a keyboard and mouse between as many as four computers and laptops without issue. When I ran into a bug a while back, I emailed Shane, the developer, and he got right back to me - I was seriously surprised and impressed. Compare that to Synergy, where people have complained about a camera angle bug when gaming for YEARS without resolution - and it costs $19 for private use!

For Windows PCs, this is the best - and it's FREE for personal use. REALLY free. No spyware, no nagware, no crippleware, no signing up to be sent spam. It works, it works great, and it's really, truly FREE.

Thanks Shane, for making a great program!

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Simply the Best

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I've used this application with up to 4 computers and 8 screens. Too easy to setup and work like a charm. Install, set master, set slave, BOOM! Shane the developer is awesome, great support!

I've bee using this application for the past 6yrs and never looked back.

[Edited by toolkitza, September 01]

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Awesome

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InputDirector works reliably and consistently and has a nice feature set. I've had problems with other software such as copy/paste being unreliable after resuming from sleep, connections not re-establishing themselves, MWB losing the network adaptor I associated it with, etc. None of this happens for me with InputDirector. With the recent updates for Windows 10 I've come back to the option that's always worked best for me :)

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Simple yet has a host of options

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I have been struggling with other programs for some time, random cut outs, windows key not working, that type of thing.

I was sceptical at first but after using Input Director I'm really impressed.
It's smooth, its easy to install yet it allows me to pick which network device I want to use, it's perfect.

I only want to say thanks to Eric, you the man

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