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6 Client Device and Operation Control

This chapter explains how to switch the keyboard/mouse input between devices, how to input multimedia keys to your client device and how to use the clipboard text synchronization. Also, it explains how to disable the Across operation for the case that you want to temporarily disable it. Finally, you will see how the Across system tray icon (menubar-extra icon for OSX) changes corresponding to the current status of Across Server and Across Client.

6.1 Input Switch between Devices

When there is the Bluetooth HID connection between the Across Server computer and your client device, you can switch the keyboard/mouse input between devices.

Input Switch by the Keyboard Hotkey: You can switch the keyboard/mouse input between devices by pressing the pre-defined keyboard hotkey. The hotkey can be configured in the Keyboard Hotkey Settings dialog box launched by pressing the [Keyboard Hotkey]-item on the toolbar of Across Center.

Input Switch by the Mouse Hotkey: You can switch the keyboard/mouse input between devices by pressing the mouse hotkey (mouse middle button). The hotkey can be enabled or disabled in the Mouse Hotkey Settings dialog box launched by pressing the [Mouse Hotkey]-item on the toolbar of Across Center.

Note: If you are using a mouse settings software (e.g., SetPoint for Logitech, IntelliPoint for Microsoft, etc), please make sure that the middle button of your mouse is configured as "Middle Button".

Input Switch by Dragging the Mouse
  1. You can move the mouse cursor to a client device by moving the mouse cursor to the edge of the monitor screen towards the client device.
    Across Server Computer Client Laptop
  2. If Across Client works on the client device, the mouse cursor will return to the Across Server computer by moving the mouse cursor towards the Across Server computer. Otherwise, you can return the mouse cursor to the Across Server computer by the keyboard/mouse hotkey.
    Across Server Computer Client Laptop
  3. This operation of a client device can be enabled or disabled in its Settings dialog box.

Keyboard/Mouse Input Focus: From the [Client Devices Layout]-group of Across Center, the device having the keyboard/mouse input focus is highlighted with the green box.

Also, when a client device has the keyboard/mouse input focus, the system tray icon (menubar-extra icon for OSX) reflects the status.

the system tray icon
Windows OSX Status
The Across Server computer has the keyboard/mouse input focus.
The left client device has the keyboard/mouse input focus.
The right client device has the keyboard/mouse input focus.
The top client device has the keyboard/mouse input focus.
The bottom client device has the keyboard/mouse input focus.

Auto-Lock of Mobile Devices on the Keyboard/Mouse Hotkey: The configuration shown in the below figure allows a mobile device (e.g., smartphone) to auto-lock while the keyboard/mouse input focus comes back to the Across Server from the mobile device upon the keyboard/mouse hotkey.

For the example configuration of the above image, the keyboard hotkey will make a mobile device auto-lock and the mouse hotkey will not.

6.2 Multimedia Control

When there is the Bluetooth HID connection between the Across Server computer and your client device, you can input multimedia keys (Volume Up/Down, Mute, and etc.) to the device in the Multimedia-Key Input window that can be launched using the toolbar, hotkey or menus. Please refer to the chapter of the User Interface Overview for the launching methods.

6.3 Clipboard Text Synchronization

When Across Client works on a client device and there is the Bluetooth RFCOMM connection between the Across Server computer and the device, you can copy text up to 1000 bytes between devices by doing the normal copy-and-paste. This operation of a client device can be enabled or disabled in its Settings dialog box.

6.4 Operation Control

Enabling/Disabling the Global Operation
If the Bluetooth controller of the Across Server computer is turned off or disconnected from the computer, the Across operation is disabled.
You can enable or disable the global operation of Across using the toolbar or menus.

On Windows

On OSX

Enabling/Disabling the Operation for a Client Device: You can enable the operation by assigning its icon to the [Client Devices Layout]-area, and can disable the operation by leaving its icon in the [Paired Devices]-list, in the Across Server side. Also, you can enable or disable the operation on the Across Client side.

6.5 System Tray (Menubar-Extra for OSX) Icon States

Across Server
Across Server
Windows OSX Status
The Across Server computer's Bluetooth controller is turned off or disconnected from the computer.
The Across operation is globally disabled.
There is no Bluetooth connection.
There is Bluetooth connection with one or more client device(s).
The left client device has the keyboard/mouse input focus.
The right client device has the keyboard/mouse input focus.
The top client device has the keyboard/mouse input focus.
The bottom client device has the keyboard/mouse input focus.
Across Client
Across Client
Windows OSX Status
The Across Client computer's Bluetooth controller is turned off or disconnected from the computer.
The Across operation is disabled on the client side.
The Bluetooth connection with the Across Server computer is not made.
The Bluetooth connection with the Across Server computer is made.