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Old 03-24-2005, 03:36 PM   #1
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Is it possible to set up InDesign so that the toolbars appear on one monitor and the document appears on another? I can't find anything in the handbook.

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Old 03-24-2005, 03:47 PM   #2
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Hi,

Is it possible to set up InDesign so that the toolbars appear on one monitor and the document appears on another? I can't find anything in the handbook.

Best wishes, Adrian
About a hundred years ago, when I was using two monitors on my Mac, dividing the two monitors like that was a hardware issue, and nothing to do with the applications at all.

If you can tell us about your hardware and OS setup, maybe someone here will be able to offer some ideas.

   
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Old 03-24-2005, 04:32 PM   #3
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Yes it is possible and I would highly recommended it, it's been possible since Win 98.
I use 3 monitors - a 21" CRT as primary in the centre and an 18" Eizo TFT on either side. As I generally have Indesign, Photoshop and Illustrator all running at the same time, I find it's a great boost to productivity to have all the palettes arranged on the right hand screen with Indy on the primary and PS and Illy on the left, you can simply drag and drop images back and forth without all the alt/tabbing.
I will also sometimes have acrobat open on the left to compare PDFs with the parent Indy file, or Word on the right for transferring text into Indy.
On my windows XP pro system it was easy to set up, you need an additional graphics adapter for each extra monitor (unless you have a dualhead card such as a Matrox G450 which will drive 2 screens) and you can find guidance here:- http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/u..._multimon.mspx.

There is a useful utility here:- http://www.mediachance.com/free/multimon.htm

I'm fairly sure it works in a similar way on Macs, I know Apple supported multiple monitors before PCs

Try it - you can pick up old pci cards for a couple of pounds and even an old 'goldfish bowl' 14" CRT will give you a taste of the increase in productivity you can achieve.

Good luck.
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We have it happening all the time here, no special setup required.

Mac OS X, InD CS.
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OT: I like Perry much better than Homer!

   
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Just a Raymond Burr fan, like my mother before me. Perry Mason is one of the first "grownup" TV shows I remember watching.

   
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djb,

That's encouraging -- but how?

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Alastair,

Many thanks for that. Sounds like something we need to discuss with our supplier/consultant!

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Old 03-25-2005, 01:06 AM   #10
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Ann,

Thanks. It is something I remember seeing a looong time ago, hence the question. I'm trying to set it up with a Mac iBook running OSX and an external Sony flat screen monitor. Or do you need more than that?

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