Multiplicity 2 in development

Tuesday, April 03, 2012 by Frogboy | Discussion: Personal Computing

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As you may know, Multiplicity is a program that lets you take your various laptops and PCs that you have nearby and combine them together as a single computer. It’s a great way to increase how much power a given user has available to them. Pretty much everyone at Stardock uses it, particularly the art and development teams.

There’s been some great technology coming out of the Multiplicity 2 project.  One of which was released as a stand-alone program – Acoustic Bridge.

It’s still some months before Multiplicity 2 will be ready but there’s some pretty exciting things coming for it.

Phoon
Reply #1 Tuesday, April 03, 2012 3:26 PM

Will there be a charge for this new version?

Neil Banfield
Reply #2 Tuesday, April 03, 2012 3:51 PM

Given how long ago MP 1.0 was released I would imagine we would have an upgrade fee yes.

Lord Reliant
Reply #3 Tuesday, April 03, 2012 4:01 PM

Coolness. Love to hear more about the new feature set.

Kazriko
Reply #4 Tuesday, April 03, 2012 6:10 PM

Given that I did away with my linux desktop system recently, I very well might buy MP2 when it comes out.

But the worry is, I may switch back to linux once the Windows 8 preview expires. If that happens, I'll have to leave MP2 behind and switch back to Synergy. I would love to be able to use MP with linux. I'd even take Synergy server support tacked on so that the linux box could run Synergy Client to connect to multiplicity.

Acoustic Bridge seems to be a great idea, and would replace one of the cables I have going between my computers right now...

Kazriko
Reply #5 Tuesday, April 03, 2012 6:23 PM

Here's a question about Acoustic Bridge. How well does it work with videos that need to be synced up to the sound? Is there any lag introduced?

Gandhialf
Reply #6 Tuesday, April 03, 2012 6:24 PM

I would like to make my PCs share their computing powers. It would be so cool!

LizMarr
Reply #7 Tuesday, April 03, 2012 6:30 PM

Cool. Multiplicity was one of my first SD apps. I would guess I have been running it for ten years. It is a "must have" for people who have several computers their are dealing with at once.

 

Now, how about a VNC or display in display app next? 64 bit OS is a royal pain to get to use a lot of apps. VNC is not one that will run (that I can tell)

Neil Banfield
Reply #8 Tuesday, April 03, 2012 8:07 PM

Kazriko
Here's a question about Acoustic Bridge. How well does it work with videos that need to be synced up to the sound? Is there any lag introduced?

Naturally there is a slight delay due to network travel time and buffering, but this is kept to a minimum.  The delay is typically in the region of one or two frames of video and most monitors have input lag of at least one frame anyway.  In my testing I have found it to be unnoticeable.

On a wireless network the lag would be greater of course depending on the speed and quality of the wireless link but again this isn't a huge delay as local networks do not need as much buffering as sending things over the internet.

There is a demo of Acoustic bridge to try if you want.

thomassen
Reply #9 Wednesday, May 02, 2012 3:58 AM

Will there be support for OSX and Linux? That's what prevented MP1 from being really useful to me in my software developtment setup.

JohnJames
Reply #10 Wednesday, May 02, 2012 4:54 AM

Whats the difference between multiplicity and mouse without boarders?

 

http://blogs.technet.com/b/next/archive/2011/09/09/microsoft-garage-download-mouse-without-borders.aspx

Uvah
Reply #11 Wednesday, May 02, 2012 5:13 AM

JohnJames
Whats the difference between multiplicity and mouse without boarders?

Stardock and Microstuff. I'll go with Stardock. (They don't do Metro)lol

JohnJames
Reply #12 Wednesday, May 02, 2012 5:23 AM


Quoting JohnJames, reply 10Whats the difference between multiplicity and mouse without boarders?

Stardock and Microstuff. I'll go with Stardock. (They don't do Metro)lol

 

Mouse without boarders is clean and very easy to use and setup. It was a side project that someone did to meet his needs.

Kazriko
Reply #13 Wednesday, May 02, 2012 5:25 PM

Another question, if we buy Multiplicity Pro now, would it be a free upgrade to Multiplicity 2, or should I just keep using Synergy until MP2 is released?

Phoon
Reply #14 Wednesday, May 02, 2012 6:51 PM

I hope you address the issue of ctrl-alt-backspace not working on a secondary system that has UAC turned off.

RedneckDude
Reply #15 Friday, May 11, 2012 8:52 PM

Uvahreply 11Quoting JohnJames, reply 10Whats the difference between multiplicity and mouse without boarders?Stardock and Microstuff. I'll go with Stardock. (They don't do Metro)lol   Mouse without boarders is clean and very easy to use and setup. It was a side project that someone did to meet his needs.

 

What I like about Mouse Without Borders over Multiplicity is that I can control all PCs FROM all PCs. Not just control others from the main one. and you can lock all from one.

 

 

tetleytea
Reply #16 Saturday, May 12, 2012 12:31 AM

Looks cheaper than a KVM switch.   Just slightly....   I won't be able to use it because my multi- setups are Linux or heterogeneous. 

 

How much of the networking does it assist with?   Can I have an 8-port switch with 8 ethernet cables dangling out...plug stuff in...boom...I can control them all?  How much of the Windows networking discovery does one have to know?   Can I route through gateways? 

evan3
Reply #17 Thursday, July 19, 2012 5:57 PM

Just got my beta invite, and I love it.  

Easier to set up, and the audio streaming works very well.  I'm on gig-e though, so YMMV.

 

Thanks for the great work guys! 

ZubaZ
Reply #18 Monday, July 23, 2012 2:56 PM

Just got my beta invite, and I love it.  

Easier to set up, and the audio streaming works very well.  I'm on gig-e though, so YMMV.

 

Thanks for the great work guys! 
Awesome!

Lord Xia
Reply #19 Monday, July 23, 2012 3:32 PM

Cool, I hope Michael Keaton is in this one too.  That dumb clone of a clone Michael Keaton cracked me up...wait...what are you talking about?  

LightofAbraxas
Reply #20 Monday, July 23, 2012 5:22 PM

Lord Xia
Cool, I hope Michael Keaton is in this one too.  That dumb clone of a clone Michael Keaton cracked me up...wait...what are you talking about?  

His best, right after Mr. Mom. Having said that, the plot of Multiplicity 2 doesn't really look that compelling.

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