Dual Monitors and IxD for software (was RE: Menu bar onMacintoshes.)

1 Jul 2004 - 5:14pm
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Craig Oshima

It doesn't greatly impact whether I maximize or not. But it's
definitely nice to have the separate space...dragging and dropping, for
one example, is so much nicer when you don't have to hunt for the target
window and position it appropriately (or sweep down to the taskbar and

Also worth considering is that this extra space is something that you
lose by trading the dual monitor setup for a single wide-screen display.
I think maybe windows should still be able to maximize vertically but
not perhaps not simply take up the entire monitor. Oh, it's probably a
complicated subject, and I don't have time to ponder it right
now...interesting to see what others think though.


Craig Oshima
coshima at juniper.net

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Subject: Dual Monitors and IxD for software (was RE: [ID Discuss] Menu
bar onMacintoshes.)

Does the dual monitor experience (long time on Mac, recent for Windows)
change any of this discussion? If so how?

I know that I use my computer very differently at work than I do at home
when I'm using my work laptop) b/c one has dual and one doesn't.

My "multimedia" softare: Visio, Photoshop, Fireworks, Flash ... I
in dual monitor, but not in single unless I know I'm completely focused.
mean that is something to consider ... Is work mode. The reason I can
maximize on the dual is that I have this whole other canvas available.
first time I saw dual monitor I loved it ... I loved the idea of having
work area separate from my canvas.

Anyway, just thought I'd throw another angle into all this.

-- dave

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1 Jul 2004 - 5:26pm

Dual monitors can, depending on the monitor, operating system, and
utilities, provide a certain amount of flexibility.

I have a pair of Samsung 19" LCDs which can be rotated up to 90 deg, which
means that I can have a screen set at portrait orientation for
reading/surfing while I have a landscape one for general work.

When sharing a document over NetMeeting, I can put the documents that I
want to share on one screen and the ones that I don't (but still want to
see) on the other without confusing everyone else.

Of course, that doesn't mean that I don't lust after a 23" or 30" single
screen an a PowerBook or G5 to drive it. :-) A single screen would be
preferable when I want a larger than 1280x1024 workarea (when doing
wireframes with fine detail, doing other drawings, or doing posters.


Ron Vutpakdi
vutpakdi at acm.org

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