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Multi Monitor Software
making dual monitors more efficient
jsinger




msg:3027131
 2:12 pm on Jul 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

Anyone using add-on software to enhance the capabilities of multiple monitors. To say, have some programs or even sites always open in one monitor and have others open in the other one. I'd like also to have some icons/shortcuts at fixed locations in both monitors. Currently my icons all revert to the main monitor when I reboot.

One such software is Multimon which can handle 10 or more monitors, but it is pretty expensive at $39. I'm just using a dual setup now (and love it)They are new, identical units, so matching color and brightness isn't what I'm concerned about.

 

jtara




msg:3028087
 6:46 pm on Jul 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

Many multi-monitor cards come with such software included. The amount of functionality with included software will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.

I use UltraMon, primarily for it's "Smart Taskbar". This extends the taxbar to additional monitors, and put minimized programs on the taskbar on the same screen as the program.

jsinger




msg:3028095
 7:03 pm on Jul 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

I meant to say Ultramon rather than Multimon. Are you happy with it?

bill




msg:3028546
 8:59 am on Jul 31, 2006 (gmt 0)

Ultramon just plain works on my system. When I first got my dual monitor setup, like you I went around looking for alternatives. I finally caved in and bought the software. I'm glad I did. It's trouble free for the most part and lets you make the most of your setup.

varya




msg:3034344
 3:06 pm on Aug 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

I also use Ultramon...can't imagine working without it, honestly.

SanDiegoPaul




msg:3037613
 6:41 pm on Aug 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

What's wrong with using Windows XP? I run a pair of 19" flat panel monitors off a single Nvidia graphics card. No probs here ...

jtara




msg:3038913
 6:00 pm on Aug 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

What's wrong with using Windows XP?

I am assuming that everyone posting here is using Windows XP native capability of expanding the desktop to multiple monitors.

What we are discussing is software to ENHANCE these capabilities - by adding capabilities that are omitted from the native Windows XP support.

For example, extending the task bar to multiple screens. Forcing dialog boxes to come up on the screen that a program is on. (Something, BTW, that I haven't had much luck with, even WITH UltraMon). Adding menu items/buttons to allow maximize to full desktop. Etc, etc. etc.

lorax




msg:3055559
 11:42 am on Aug 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

>> but it is pretty expensive at $39

You're kidding right? I spend more than that on a ink cartridges for my printer. :) If it helps with efficiency or make my job more pleasant then it's worth dropping $40 on it!

topr8




msg:3055627
 12:50 pm on Aug 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

I also use Ultramon!

since this thread started i went out and tried it - i have a three monitor set up on xp-pro

certainly worth the money for me, i've previously used the native support both on xp and win2000 as well as propriatory software from matrox when i used one of their dual head cards back before they were as common as they are today.

ultramon has so far worked for me without a hitch and has some very handy features - which i already wonder if i could live without now that i've got used to them.

lorax




msg:3056334
 9:27 pm on Aug 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

>> some very handy features

Some examples? I'm eagerly awaiting my 2nd monitor (and the guts for a complete rebuild) and am interested in learning more.

bill




msg:3058217
 3:56 am on Aug 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

The Ultramon smart taskbar was the selling point for me. Each respective window can have a taskbar relevant to the programs opened in that window.

You also get very good wallpaper support that isn't possible without the software. I find myself taking a lot more panorama photos now and stitching them together for my desktops now.

topr8




msg:3059155
 6:41 pm on Aug 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

>>some very handy features

click of a button to move a window between screens (no dragging)

smart taskbar feature (as per bill)

desktop icons stay where i put them eg on different monitors, this in theory happens with the native xp support but annoyingly for no reason with xp they sometimes have all moved to the primary monitor on a reboot in the past

jsinger




msg:3064379
 2:19 pm on Aug 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

>> but it is pretty expensive at $39

I don't care about wall paper/screen savers. I'd like my duplicate icons to stay put (a bug fix) and the ability to switch windows with a click. Expensive multi monitor video cards should come with basic software utilities that can do this.

I wasn't impressed by Ultramon's statement that the current version 2.6 was last updated more than a year ago even though dual monitors are becoming very popular.

jetboy




msg:3064472
 3:59 pm on Aug 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

What's increased my productivity recently is not making my multi-monitor use easier, but employing virtual desktops, reminiscent of Linux.

The Microsoft Powertoys implementation is really clunky on two monitors, but this little German app called Dexpot is perfect. Four virtual desktops (although you can have many more) mean eight screens for me, and I can swap between them and move windows between them with hot-keys.

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