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As you rightfully pointed out there are a lot of articles which mention the increase in productivity levels. To quote this Computer Services Auckland Blog - Pulse IT Blog A University of Utah and ATI Technologies survey of 108 university & non university personnel using Dual Screen monitors reported increases of productivity with 33% fewer ...


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One big advantage for software developers is that you can have your application running one one screen and your development environment running on the other. This means that there are hardly any issues when you have to switch your attention from one to the other. Having both things visible at a reasonable size at the same time makes it much easier and more ...


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There's a fair amount of research to answer the question of whether two monitors are better than one for varying types of work, and the answer is generally "yes". The article "Are Two Monitors Better Than One?" is a good starting point if you're interested in that research. However, your question is specifically about how to layout windows in the same ...


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This is a very common problem in UX, or certainly has been for me. I'm currently working on a map based enterprise system where location based data viewed via the map will be required to fill in forms which appear as dialogue windows over the map. I think the question you need to ask yourself with ALL functionality is: Am I making the system easier to ...


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Funny you should ask, because my first project had the same issue. Our users needed to select event on a map, and then insert loads of data into it with a form (you know, the enterprise kind). Naturally, we split the screen to the left and right sides. We designed it to be workable within only a single monitor, but knew many of the users would have two ...


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Good question. I had a similar issue: there was a special search for an organization, and when you clicked on a search result row, a pop-up window was opening up with the details. That popup window was usually at the right hand screen while they used the left hand (as far as I watched them) The problem was that it was awfully slow, taking more than 2 ...


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List of usage scenarios I have encountered: Work on one, watch the results on the other, random surfing/(news|stocks) ticker/TV/Game/Skype/Documentation lookup for the last Program in linux, test browser compatibility in that other OS family that can run five major web browsers, look up API in the last Code review setup with diff 1, diff 2, others. I find ...


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It can greatly improve the productivity by preventing lots of window changing. Below I give some examples: Being a software engineer, I need to compare code or documents once in a while, for comparing, put both items to be compared either on one monitor. This is almost impossible to do on one screen unless you make windows very small (resulting in using ...


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I recently started using more than one monitor, and I got couple of observations: Many people start using second, huge monitor (like ~24"), connecting it to notebook/netbook they've used before (so ~15"). That's giant difference, and much of initial excitement after buying second monitor has source here - there's just so much room for everything, compared ...


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Microsoft Research : 9..50%$ for copy & paste Paper : 9% Fujitsu-Siemens : 35% The results aren't exactly blinding, but even the 9% make the cost/benefit ratio stellar. (It would be interesting to see if the improvements descline after a while, though). I couldn't find something on the limits, so here ar some personal observations: 2 is easy to set ...


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Yes there are some good uses, especially in the case of multi-device. For instance: Guild Wars 2 has an API which allows developers to make apps that follow various situations in the game. This android app increases player productivity by allowing the 'main' screen to keep focused on the gameplay and placing maps, various stats, recipes etc into a tablet ...



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