Need a pattern - Window models for multiplescreens???

19 Mar 2007 - 2:49pm
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Dave Cronin
2005

Hey Carl,

Apple (formerly emagic) Logic has a very useful windowing idiom they
refer to as "screensets."

This gives the basic idea:

http://www.apple.com/logicexpress/quicktour/screensets.html

It works quite well across several monitors, but the down side is that
it does require user configuration to get right. (But as you'll see,
it's pretty darn easy to configure.)

We're actually using some similar idioms on a financial analysis
platform that runs on between 1 and 4 monitors.

-dave

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> Subject: [IxDA Discuss] Need a pattern - Window models for
> multiplescreens???
>
> Hi All,
>
> 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?
>
> Huge thanks
>
> Carl
>
> 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.

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19 Mar 2007 - 9:46pm
Petteri Hiisilä
2004

> It works quite well across several monitors, but the down side is that
> it does require user configuration to get right. (But as you'll see,
> it's pretty darn easy to configure.)
>
> We're actually using some similar idioms on a financial analysis
> platform that runs on between 1 and 4 monitors.

If the application works like an appliance enough, the current window
setup could be saved with the same way as we save radio channel
frequencies in car radios: press a preset key for about 2 secs. The
radio says "beep" after which the channel is saved. You can now tap
this key to get back to the frequency (screenset) you need.

We're planning to use this idiom with an industry monitoring
appliance where the operator must be able to jump around the process
and its parts fast. We'll start with some default screensets, but the
operators can change them like above.

Best,
Petteri

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20 Mar 2007 - 3:13am
carl myhill
2006

Some excellent ideas here - thanks all. The screensets tied to a Key thing
makes me think of some things Jef Raskin said in his book, The Humane
Interface. I have the feeling he would have liked screensets.

Carl

21 Mar 2007 - 12:35pm
Josh
2006

I've seen similar window separation with my designers and developers.
Pallette or UI on one screen with tools on the other is common, but it's
good to note that they don't necessarily use their mouse to move between
screens. Having globally accessible keyboard shortcuts seems to be crucial
in that they help minimize head turning and excessive mouse movement. You
also might want to take a look at Virtue Desktop (virtuedesktops.info) or
Apple Spaces for ideas.

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