I was reading Sebastian Fiedler’s Sebloggin and he wrote about using a dual monitor setup.
I am working that way for more than 3 years now, it is one of the better investments I have made in hardware, my productivity has really increased along with my screen real state.
I use a video card from ATI, I can’t remember the exact model but there are many cards with dual monitor support in the market.
My current setup uses a 17″ display as the main one, using 1024x768, and an older 14″ for secondary stuff at 800x600. I work with Windows XP and Red Hat Linux (I have not even tried to test dual monitors under Linux yet) and I would love to get a Mac!
Since I started working with two monitors I was very satisfied, but I did not realize how useful was until I moved to another house. I was a few days working with one monitor, I could not get used to opening and closing some many windows so many times, it was really annoying.
As a web developer sometimes I program, sometimes I design.
Using Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator in a 17″ 1024x768 screen is the least you can ask for, and nothing beats just grabbing some files from your second monitor and dropping them in the first one.
I always have what I call “regular use apps” opened in my second monitor: File explorer, email client and MP3 player.
The main monitor is used for graphics applications, Dreamweaver when I am doing CSS, XHTML or some client/server side programming and web browsing.
If you design web sites is great to drag windows and see how your creations look in different resolutions.
I strongly suggest you try a two monitor setup, once you do, I assure you there is no way back.
Sebastian writes about using a dual monitor setup with a laptop, I use a desktop but maybe someday I would try with a laptop, I’ve got to get one first
April 2006 Update: I got two monitors working with Fedora Linux. Take a look.
En: Technology | Por: Alexis | @ 9:33 am
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