With some extra nerd ca$h available, the money was burning a hole until I could pick up my new “2nd monitor”.
I already have a BenQ 20 inch (FP2091), and wanted a similar looking unit – it’s now been superseded by the FP202W. And been hard to get – one place I spoke to mentioned it had been discontinued (also).
P.S. The finance manager (wife) soon agreed – just read this article (from New York Times) if you’re having troubles “convincing” someone :
Survey after survey shows that whether you measure your productivity in facts researched, alien spaceships vaporized, or articles written, adding an extra monitor will give your output a considerable boost — 20 percent to 30 percent, according to a survey by Jon Peddie Research.
It’s been great to get the additional screen real estate. Just working out how to best make use of the 2nd screen (a small mind-shift – alt-tab, moving windows, etc).
Just a bit tricky – different resolutions – 1600×1200 – and 1680×1050 – but you barely notice when moving across.
I found a very cool tool – have to say it’s a “must-have” for dual monitor working :
DisplayFusion is a fantastic (and free) new application that can make your dual monitor (or triple monitor or more) life much, much easier!
From allowing you to use a different wallpaper on each monitor, to integrating with Flickr for image searching, to providing hotkeys for managing your application windows.
Here are just a few of the things you can do with DisplayFusion :
- Set a different desktop background on each monitor (either a picture or solid colour)
- Set a desktop background that spans all monitors (either a picture or colour)
- Integrated Flickr image search & download
- Drag maximized windows by their title bars to other screens
- Easily manage application windows with HotKeys:
- Move windows to the next monitor (WIN-W)
- Move windows to the next monitor and maximize them (WIN-Q)
- Move windows to centre of the screen
- Move windows to centre of the screen and size it to 75% of the work area
- Tile windows along the top, bottom, left or right side
- Maximize windows so that they span all monitors
The items highlighted in red are the killer features for me.
Especially being able to click WIN+W and have window flick across to other monitor !
- ALT-TAB – for old-school window switching
- WIN-TAB for new Vista Aero 3D scrolling
- < and >
- a quick slight of hand to WIN+W to switch window to 2nd monitor – that just ace !!
And – two wallpapers – that’s cool !
Found a great place a while ago for all manner of great wallpapers – free – and high-res (1600×1220 – and 1680×1050).
Mental note – can also grab 1920×1200 wallpapers – same aspect ratio as my new BenQ.
And – can stream those wallpapers from Flickr – with a search from “person” – or for “keyword”. Internet slideshow – for wallpaper – nice…
If you’re using dual monitors – you HAVE to grab this little tool. It’s only 427 KB – get it now !
DisplayFusion v1.4.1 (427 KB) :: September 29, 2007
Requires the .NET 2.0 framework – I guess it’s a C# app then. Even more cool.