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syswizard Apr 8th, 2009 02:43 PM

Multiple Monitors vs. Single Large
 
Having multiple smaller monitors appears to be better alternative to a large one, at least under Windows. The advantage of the first set-up is that each app and/or window can be maximized in a separate monitor. However, this can't be done with a large one. Am I right on this ?
Has any vendor created a solution whereby a single large monitor can be "logically" divided into "mini-monitors" ?

bigbiscuit Apr 8th, 2009 06:06 PM

Mac cine displays using OSX 'Spaces', closest I've seen, and awesome.

gnome Apr 8th, 2009 06:33 PM

Re: Multiple Monitors vs. Single Large
 
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Quote from syswizard:

Having multiple smaller monitors appears to be better alternative to a large one, at least under Windows. The advantage of the first set-up is that each app and/or window can be maximized in a separate monitor. However, this can't be done with a large one. Am I right on this ?
Has any vendor created a solution whereby a single large monitor can be "logically" divided into "mini-monitors" ?

You can position a window(s) for an app anywhere and any size you want on the desktop. This is a Windows function, so Windows keeps track of how you've placed things.... just drag the edges of the window to your desired placement and size.... including "one app for one monitor". Or, if you have a large monitor, you can make the window for 2 apps, each to be 1/2 of the monitor.... either way, it works exactly the same.

When you maximize a chart, it will maximize to fill the entire window you've set for that application.... even if it's across multiple monitors.

It doesn't matter whether you have one or multiple monitors... Windows Extended Desktop acts as one large desktop.

syswizard Apr 8th, 2009 09:33 PM

Yes Gnome, I knew that.
But will those windows that are "fitted" stay there ?
The issue I have is that it is so easy to restore a window, move it, then maximize it in the single monitor. With a large monitor, you are always positioning the windows manually, grabbing the edges and resizing them.

gnome Apr 9th, 2009 03:13 AM

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Quote from syswizard:

Yes Gnome, I knew that.
But will those windows that are "fitted" stay there ?
The issue I have is that it is so easy to restore a window, move it, then maximize it in the single monitor. With a large monitor, you are always positioning the windows manually, grabbing the edges and resizing them.

I hadn't thought about it until now, but you're right. On SOME apps, Windows keeps them where you put them... in my case, MetaStock... always opens to fill the 3 monitors I've sized it over. I'm not sure about eSignal, as I have it sized to fill a large monitor and it always does. My Firefox always opens where I've sized it to on a large monitor... However, IE8 does NOT open where I sized it to... seems to have a mind of its own... always opens the correct size, but not where I placed it on the large monitor.... MS Word respects neither how I've sized it nor where I placed it.... though it does open on the correct monitor. I find I need to place/size IE8 and Word once per session. If I turn them off, they will come back to where I've resized so long as I've not rebooted. Regarding apps on a large monitor which you don't want to fill the entire screen, I guess the correct description is "some windows retain their sizing and placement while others do not... depends upon the app".

I wonder if there is a utility which will FORCE the retention of window parameters? There is one to force the retention of icon placements when changing resolutions....

gnome Apr 9th, 2009 03:48 AM

Addendum... I run a couple of system "cleanup" programs (perhaps more often than necessary)... it seems the window placing and sizing end up in files the cleanup program sees as one to be "cleaned".... such that, [only?] after cleaning the selected placement and sizing parameters may be lost.

So maybe perhaps the correct explanation is that "Windows will maintain window sizing and placement UNTIL there is a cleaning... after which time SOME apps may need to be resized and/or repositioned... "


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