Multi-tasking with ZoomText’s Multiple Monitor SupportApril 28th, 2016
When was the last time you did just one thing? We live in a fast-paced world. Technology has made multi-tasking the norm. At work, home or school, we can easily work on several tasks, often flipping back and forth between chores.
How can ZoomText help you be efficient and productive in the whirl-wind life we lead?
Several years ago, Windows introduced the extended desktop concept. By attaching two (or more*) monitors to your computer, you can extend your workspace. In extended desktop mode, the two monitors act as one large screen.
For years, ZoomText has offered dual monitor users Span, Clone and Zoom with 1x modes. Recently, we introduced true extended desktop in ZoomText 10.1. And we went beyond what you can even imagine!
Let me explain. First let’s look at MultiView Local. With two monitors, you can view two desktops. Therefore, a program positioned on the left-hand desktop, will appear on the left-hand monitor (let’s call that monitor one showing desktop one). A program positioned on the right-hand desktop, appears on the right-hand monitor (let’s call that monitor two showing desktop two).
MultiView Local. Picture of monitor on left, Monitor One shows Desktop One. Picture of monitor on right, Monitor Two shows Desktop Two.
A user can quickly move between the two using the Ctrl + Q hotkey. Perhaps the user has Outlook open on desktop one and an Excel spreadsheet open on desktop two. The user may be writing an email to a colleague describing data from the spreadsheet. Type a few lines in the email, Ctrl + Q over to the spreadsheet, study the data, move to a different cell location and pop back to the email. You’re in the exact spot you were in when you left the email. Type a few more lines and pop back to the spreadsheet. After moving about the spreadsheet, examining the data once more, Ctrl + Q back to the email and start typing immediately. No time wasted searching for the blinking cursor.
That’s how MultiView Local can help you be more productive. Now let’s look at MultiView Global. This one will amaze and impress you! Sometimes it takes a few moments to completely understand the power of this feature, but when you do, you’ll be thrilled.
Remember we said MultiView Local displays desktop one on monitor one and desktop two on monitor two? MultiView Global displays either desktop on either monitor! It can even display one desktop on BOTH monitors!
MultiView Global. Picture of monitor on left, Monitor One shows Desktop One or Desktop Two. Picture of monitor on right, Monitor Two shows Desktop One or Desktop Two. User can view same desktop on both monitors if desired!
Remember the spreadsheet we were viewing in the example above? It was open on desktop two. While in MultiView Global, the user can move the ZoomText viewport so that the spreadsheet is in view on both monitors. Why is that a good thing? Perhaps the user is doing some heavy-duty number crunching and needs to keep the formula bar in view while working lower on the spreadsheet. With MultiView Global, the user can view two separate sections of the spreadsheet at the same time. The two views can even be at different magnification levels. Both can display ZoomText enhancements such as color, pointer, cursor and focus, or just one monitor can show those enhancements. Talk about flexibility!
Now, remember we still have desktop one available on either or both monitors, too. So, in the midst of spreadsheet heaven, or a less celestial location depending on your feelings about spreadsheets and number crunching, the user can simply slide the viewport to reveal Outlook on one of the monitors. After handling email tasks, it’s easy to go right back to the dual view of Excel and continue that task.
This new feature is not just for math lovers and spreadsheet junkies, imagine using this functionality to do photo editing. Position the photo to be edited on one monitor and the tool bar on the other. Rather than going back and forth between two sections of the photo editing software, use Ctrl + Q to pop back and forth between monitors. The really cool thing is that you can SEE the photo while you’re MAKING CHANGES with the toolbar.
We received a video from a ZoomText user who develops game software. When he creates characters, he spends A LOT of time making a series of fine adjustments. He explained that with ZoomText’s MultiView Global support, he can do his job 10 times faster because he can see his changes as they happen. See the videos he posted, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlYeUM8yB-s and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVVC8LTzZ8w.
Think about your daily computer work, is there somewhere this fantastic new technology can help you save time? Why not hook up a second monitor today and let ZoomText make your job easier!
Watch our videos: Introducing Multiple Monitor Support and more specific videos at this link. https://www.zoomtext.com/multiple-monitor-support/
*At the time of this writing, ZoomText 10.1 supports two monitors.
By Cathy Gettel