Have Apple fixed fullscreen on multiple monitors?

Jamie0003

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http://www.apple.com/osx/whats-new/features.html

If you scroll down to System, it says this:

Go full screen on any display
If you have a secondary display connected to your Mac, you can take an app full screen on either display. Drag the window to the desired display and click the full-screen button.

So does this mean Apple have fixed the bug where it would show the linen background when viewing a fullscreen app on an external monitor? If so this is brilliant :)
 

haravikk

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Not even on the same monitor?
I think it means just on different monitors, you can presumably still have several open and switch between them with Mission Control.

This news is incredibly disappointing however, as Lion's fullscreen feature is perhaps the single worst feature in OS X's history for multi-monitor systems. It also seems Notification Centre still can't be moved onto a different screen, which nullifies its usefulness in a multi-monitor setup as well. Looks like AirPlay isn't going to be all it's cracked up to be, not that half of Apple's users can use AirPlay anyway since they've bound it to a chipset feature that several perfectly powerful machines (i.e - all Mac Pros) don't have.
 

newagemac

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http://www.apple.com/osx/whats-new/features.html

If you scroll down to System, it says this:

Go full screen on any display
If you have a secondary display connected to your Mac, you can take an app full screen on either display. Drag the window to the desired display and click the full-screen button.

So does this mean Apple have fixed the bug where it would show the linen background when viewing a fullscreen app on an external monitor? If so this is brilliant :)
There is no bug when taking an app full screen. If all you see is a linen background, that means the app you are using hasn't taken advantage of how Full Screen works in Lion/ML by using the second screen for secondary windows related to the app.

Either that or you just haven't opened any secondary windows for the app. For example, open Keynote or Preview and the Inspector panels for the app while in full screen. You can drag the inspector panels to your second monitor.

Full Screen mode is meant to put the focus on the app you are using and therefore uses the secondary monitor for additional windows, boxes, and panels related to or produced by the app. If Adobe for example ever gets around to making Creative Suite work in full screen, all the panels should be able to be placed on the secondary monitor.

The linen background is there so you don't have to move, close, or minimize other apps littering the background and being a distraction while your secondary windows/panels are on the secondary monitor.
 
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