Need a pattern - Window models for multiple screens???
19 Mar 2007 - 1:15pm
7 years ago
I'm working on something where our typical users are evolving. They seem to
be getting 2 screens and even saying that they'd really like 3 screens.
Screens are so cheap that I think that too may be a reality by the time we
release the product .
So, I need some ideas for window models that work well across multiple
screens, and yet still work on systems with just one screen.
I like the idea of tear-off panes but there are some issues with those. For
example, in a CAD-like application, would you really want the tools on one
pane on screen A, and the thing you are working on shown on screen B?
Perhaps that would be ok. I think mainly that our users value flexibility
and being in control (don't they all!).
So, has anyone seen any funky modern Window models that work well on
multiple screens? PowerPoint springs to mind as something that you can use
on one screen but which works pretty nicely on 2 screens too. I guess
Outlook does too. Any other ideas?
PS I'm getting a new laptop this week. I used my own dollars to buy it so it
means I can get to see Vista and Office 2007 for the first time. Perhaps
I'll find some ideas there.