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Outlining and writing on multiple vertical monitors

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Posted by Dr Andus
Dec 9, 2011 at 01:27 AM


I’ve been doing my outlining and writing with multiple application windows across two horizontal (landscape) monitors (19” and 22”) using extended display. I was happy until I saw this picture of a Harvard prof working across four vertical (portrait) monitors, which made me wonder if I was missing something: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/428516/2011-12-09-011056.png

I tried manually rotating my 22” monitor and realised that a huge portrait view does have some distinct advantages. Clearly you will see a lot more of a long outline and your text (whether in Scrivener or Word), not to mention other list-based formats such as mail boxes, databases, bibliographies and of course websites that need you to scroll down. It also alters the experience of reading a PDF, as suddenly you can see the whole page and half of the next or previous page.

Does anyone have experience working with this sort of vertical set-up? Could this be the Christmas present I’ve been waiting for?