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Anyway I am always running out of room. I am wondering if others out there are using Dreamweaver with two monitors ... one for the dev. panels, and one for the main window. This would also help with Photoshop and Fireworks for that matter.
How much of a pain in the arse is it to constantly monitor both screens for info?
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I much prefer being able to look on the right screen while I'm trying to edit the page on the left instead of toggling back and forth on 1 monitor.
Alternatively, if I'm waiting on something on one screen (long download, lots of files being copied, etc.), I can work on one screen and just glance at teh other to check on progress instead of toggling back and forth.
There have actually been several times recently where I've considered going to 3 screens.
4 Samsung 213T's (22" 1600x1200 LCD) on Ergotron arms. (Each arm holds 2 monitors. They make an arm that will hold 3 - but not 4 - 22" monitors. I think you can do 4 if they are smaller).
I recently took the arms off of the desktop bases and mounted them on the wall. I called Ergotron to see what I needed to get to mount on the wall. They insisted that I needed to replace everything.
So, I went to Radio Shack, and bought two wall-mounts for TV antennas. Total cost, $16.
4 is probably overkill for most people. I think 3 is the sweet spot. The problem with 4 is that there's no one screen that is your focus. It's a bit strange to sit there looking at the crack between two screens. ;) (You can also go quad, but that can hurt your neck pretty quickly...)
I did this a few years ago when I was doing software development for automated stock trading. Although I wasn't trading myself, I still had to test the application and sometimes monitor stock quotes (with a seperate app) while testing. Add your development environment - maybe two copies for cut-and-paste between projects, a web browser window, and an instances of Acrobat for reading manuals, and I did manage to fill-up 4 screens.
I'm currently reconfiguring this. I'm going to cut back to 2 screens for my Windows system and switch 2 of them to a new Linux system for web development. I'm also thinking it will be a painless way to try to transition as much of my computer use as possible from Windows to Linux.