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Posted by Jan S.
May 17, 2018 at 02:20 PM

 

What kind of machine are you using?

Lothar Scholz wrote:
I would recommend a 40” Iiyama or a 43” Acer 4K Monitor for your work.
>I use the Iiyama with two vertical mounted 2560x1440 to the right of it.
> >I had a quad monitor solution before with another one to the left of the
>main monitor
>in portrait mode for reading documentation but the update to Ubuntu
>18.04 forced
>me to change my graphics card.
> >The upper right takes 2 webbrowser windows. The one below 3 console
>windows.
>and the main screen my IDE development program.
> >This is an almost optimal setup for software development.
> >And i will keep it until there are 8K monitors with 43” and then maybe
>bring back the
>portrait one for documentation/database browsing. Or mirror the left
>side with 2 monitors
>to the right and use a total of 5. I now this sounds like total nerdism.
> >I would recommend against a widescreen monitor because of the small high
>of the 3
>windows you get. A 4k can do the same and has more vertical space.
>I find this very important for optimal workflow with text and
>documentation.
>Widescreen is for watching movies and gaming but not workstations.
>

 


Posted by Arnold
May 17, 2018 at 02:25 PM

 

One work around that I use is via VirtuaWin - this allows creation of multiple desktops (I use 3 right now). Each desktop can have one or more applications switching via either mouse movement to edge or hot keys. Can copy from one application switch to another ‘desktop’ paste/edit in another application. You can assign applications to always launch on desktop ‘x’ or drag from one to another. Use browser on 2, Outlook (corp) on 1, editor on 3 etc.

The way that has been done under X-Windows for years.

Since it is freeware, could be used to test how it works for you. Saves desk space for sure.

Info:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VirtuaWin

 


Posted by Ken
May 17, 2018 at 03:56 PM

 

At my home setup where I mostly edit images, I have two NEC Multi-Sync monitors - a 24” wide gamut 16:10 (my main monitor) and a 20” 4:3 to the side.  I would probably enjoy a larger screen, but am happy with the 24”, especially since anything larger would overwhelm the desk.  At work, I have two 23” 16:9 monitors - one directly in front and one immediately to its side.  I love this setup for looking at multiple documents and would probably enjoy a third monitor, but I am sure that would cause fits in my office.  One thing I really like about two screens is that you can quickly drag and drop a window to a monitor’s screen top and it instantly fills the screen.  For me, this is very handy as I often have a number of windows open and need one “front and center” and another on the side, and this order changes frequently.  I am sure that there are good work flows for a single screen, but two or three monitors can be quite affordable if you do not need color critical screens.

Good luck,

—Ken

 


Posted by Dellu
May 17, 2018 at 06:16 PM

 

satis wrote:
In 2003 and 2008 NEC commissioned studies on single vs multiple
>monitors. To no one’s surprise, the conclusion was BUY MORE MONITOR$.
> >http://bit.ly/2wKrjIe
> >Interestingly, if you dig down, the NEC study says “large
>widescreen monitors can be equally or more productive than dual screen
>monitors.” The NEC study concluded that a single widescreen was
>consistently the best performing setup on text editing tasks.
> >Dual monitor setups require more head and neck movements, and since
>people also sit further away from multiple monitors so that they can
>take it all in by shifting their eyes rather than moving their heads -
>this results in a lot of squinting and neck-craning. Also, most people
>give both monitors the same importance, and place them symmetrically in
>front of them, instead of giving one monitor importance over another.
>This impacts posture.


This is exactly why I am a bit worried about two monitors and too big monitors. One huge monitor would be harder to read to every corner (top edges and low edges). Two monitors could be even more challenging. for my current setting, with my macbook pro on the side, I find it harder to move between the two screens difficult. I always work on the single monitors.

For text editors (for academics), it is also more important to focus rather than moving around. My intuition of usage of monitors is exactly like your description here.

A single wide (but nor tall) monitor feels the most convenient for editing text side by side. If the screen is tall, my intuition is it will force me to bend down (or just an eye movement) to read the lowest text in the screen. 

But, I could be wrong because I never tried a long monitor (or the inverted ones as Dr Andus does).  it is very interesting that people prefer different setups. Our physical situations might be factors in here as well.


>Also, distraction is an issue with a 2nd monitor, aside from cost and
>space:
> >https://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/20/technology/personaltech/surviving-and-thriving-in-a-one-monitor-world.html
> >>  I am not sure if the macbook supports multiple monitors.
> >Macbook?
>Macbook Pro?
>Which year’s model?
>And do you mean Macbook screen + monitor, or multiple monitors instead
>of (or in addition to) the Macbook screen?

I am using Macbook pro 2012. I am thinking to use this same machine for the next 5 or so years. and, when I say multiple monitor impossible, i am not counting the mac itself. My mac has a single Thunderbolt slot.

 

 


Posted by Dellu
May 17, 2018 at 06:19 PM

 

Arnold wrote:
One work around that I use is via VirtuaWin - this allows creation of
>multiple desktops (I use 3 right now). Each desktop can have one or more
>applications switching via either mouse movement to edge or hot keys.
>Can copy from one application switch to another ‘desktop’ paste/edit in
>another application. You can assign applications to always launch on
>desktop ‘x’ or drag from one to another. Use browser on 2, Outlook
>(corp) on 1, editor on 3 etc.
> >The way that has been done under X-Windows for years.
> >Since it is freeware, could be used to test how it works for you. Saves
>desk space for sure.
> >Info:
>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VirtuaWin
> >
MacOS also comes with multiple desktop setup. But, that is not what I am looking for. My purpose is to open three text windows side by side to read, write and compare them at the same time.

 


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