[shifter-users] [synergy-plus] Shifter + Synergy could be awesome

Antoine Martin antoine at nagafix.co.uk
Sun Jun 27 19:32:45 BST 2010

On 06/27/2010 09:56 PM, Nick Bolton wrote:
> Might be interesting to see if we can easily "fuse" the applications
> together, or maybe create a plugin. I believe we might need to use IPC
> to communicate between the two. The functionality should certainly be
> optional.
Absolutely, there is no guarantee that either end will run the shifter
client, or that they support the required protocol (NX, VNC, xpra,...)

I don't see any major difficulty coming from this end: the client
already listens on a local socket (named pipe on win32) so that it can
receive commands from file managers and such.
If synergy+ can pass the pid of the process owning the window being
moved around then it should be easy, otherwise a bit harder.

Where would I look for documentation on writing plugins?


> However, we're busy re-shuffling our project management, so we'd have
> to leave this to someone else.
> Nick
> On 27 June 2010 13:57, Chris Wj <chris0wj at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi all. This e-mail is being sent to 2 mailing lists, which could post a
>> problem for reply-to-all; so choose the reply carefully. Nonetheless, I use
>> both of these applications and I had the idea that together, they would be
>> absolutely awesome. Check out the descriptions below...
>> Shifter
>> Window Shifter is a tool which allows you to move applications between
>> networked computers, the windows appear where you need them, as they were.
>> You no longer need to save and send documents to move them around, simply
>> move the view of the application to the machine where you need it.
>> http://shifter.devloop.org.uk/
>> Synergy-Plus
>> Synergy+ (synergy-plus) lets you easily share a single mouse and keyboard
>> between multiple computers with different operating systems, without special
>> hardware. All you need is a LAN connection. It's intended for users with
>> multiple computers, where each system uses its own display. It's a little
>> like having a 2nd or a 3rd desktop...
>> http://code.google.com/p/synergy-plus/
>> My idea is to be able to move the mouse between computers using Synergy
>> while dragging windows governed by Shifter. Synergy finds out that the mouse
>> control should switch to the other computer and Shifter 'teleports' the
>> window/application under the mouse to the opposite computer.
>> -Chris
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