whats the benifit - second Monitor on an iMac

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  1. star555 macrumors regular

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    Ive seen several questions about how to connect up a Second Monitor to an iMac its some thing ive never really thought of until I saw the questions, So If ive got a 24 inch iMac , what can I do better by having a second Monitor connected , is having a second monitor helpful in any way..?

    Whats your thoughts about having a second monitor ..?


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  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    The benefits of having a 2nd monitor are just that, you have a 2nd monitor. Another monitor means more space for your windows, more space to have more things open and visible at once etc.
     
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    Exactly...

    Multi tasking made easier. And more space to edit that super hi res image you need to edit etc etc
     
  4. star555 thread starter macrumors regular

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    would that mean you can have Two applications running at the same time on Two different monitors, controlled from one keyboard..?


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    Kind of, you would have to switch between what is the active window, but you could.
     
  6. IgnatiusTheKing macrumors 68040

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    Yes. If you were working with design programs, for instance, you could have InDesign open on one screen and Illustrator open on the other so you wouldn't have to constantly switch views.

    I like to have Bridge open on one monitor and ID on the other, so I can hunt for files to place without hiding my ID windows from view.
     
  7. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

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    I love having two monitors. Allows you more workspace.

    It's also great for running two operating systems. I'm using Fusion to run Windows XP. My second monitor can display Windows while my main monitor has Leopard making it very easy to drag and drop files between the two systems. Almost like having two computers in one.
     
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    Also great for testing website designs between platforms if your into that sort of thing ;)
     
  9. star555 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Have I got this correct, I can have an application running on the main iMac screen, I can be clicking away on this application etc, then if I move my mouse pointer over to the far left where the second external monitor is I would then see my mouse pointer mover over to the left and appear on the right side of the external monitor, then I could click away on the application thats being displayed on the external monitor to the left of my main iMac display ..?

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  10. design-is macrumors 65816

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    Exactly. Its just like having 1 super wide screen monitor, but in 2 parts.
     
  11. IgnatiusTheKing macrumors 68040

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    Yeah. In essence, you have one huge monitor. Your mouse and windows move seamlessly between the two.
     
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    Would you guys PLEASE STOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You are making me want a 2nd monitor and that's all I need to start thinking! :mad::eek::)
     
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    Has spaces kind of take the place of having multiple monitors? It took me a while, but running spaces help me considerably by removing clutter and having dedicated spaces for applications.
     
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    I would think that Spaces would only "replace" the need for multiple monitors when you have a bunch of stuff you don't need to see at the same time. For graphic/web designers, film/video editors and the like, the need is really just for more real estate on your screen, which cannot be afforded by Spaces.
     
  16. iPhil macrumors 68040

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    1st screen your 'work' screen and 2nd screen your off-the-clock-fun... ;) :D
     
  17. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

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    LOL! No kidding. I will sometimes have work stuff on the main screen and then a chat window open on the other. :)
     
  18. harcosparky macrumors 68020

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    This is the best reason ...

    When working in photoshop I keep all the tools on the main screen and just the image on the 2nd screen.

    I learned this when I had a Power Mac G5 .... I used a cheapo 15" LCD for the main and a nice 22" LCD for the work being done.
     
  19. star555 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Here I go again, so if I am surfing with Safari on the main iMac display, and on the external monitor I have photoshop running, I can just move my mouse pointer over from safari to photoshop and click away on this application , I seem to remember some where that you could not use one keyboard for two separate applications on Two separate displays..?, am I missing some thing..?

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  21. IgnatiusTheKing macrumors 68040

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    If you stop thinking of it as two monitors and start thinking of it as one big monitor, you'll get it much faster. You can move your mouse back and forth without problem. Your keyboard will control anything, anywhere on either screen. You can even have a window stretching across BOTH screens. They are the same screen.
     
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    once you use 2 monitors, a single monitor will drive you nuts. at least it does for me
     
  23. Muzzway macrumors regular

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    If you notice, it's talking about iMac models with a VGA port (AKA, iMac G3s).

     
  24. star555 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks Guy's as the saying goes......By George I think he's got it :)

    so now if I think of the iMac display & a separate external monitor as One big monitor I can't go wrong .

    So I'm going to give it a try and connect a second monitor to the iMac, any advice or tips ..?


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