Happy Halloween to all our U.S. readers! I am currently celebrating with a cool drink somewhere in the Caribbean on my much needed vacation, but that wont stop me from bringing you more great information.

Presenter View is a severely under used feature of PowerPoint 2007, and can improve presentations for even the most experienced presenters.

Presenter View Slide in Powerpoint 2007

You can do a lot more with the Presenter View in PowerPoint 2007.
Easily and privately preview upcoming slides and notes. Research information to answer questions during slide shows, and more, without the audience ever realizing it.

I recommend you view the PowerPoint Presentation (4.3MB) on the topic so you can try it while reading along.

If you do not have PowerPoint 2007, I have saved a PDF version (1.4MB) as well.

Enjoy!


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While ACME Portable is no stranger to releasing triple screen luggable PC’s for more workstation related tasks, they are now offering dual nVidia 8800GTX’s in SLI mode (sic).  A lot of things do not add up with their statements on the website and you have to wonder how they accomplish spanning.  Spanned gaming and SLI? Are they using a triple head to go in there?  But im sure it all adds up to one fast lan party rig reguardless.

Dilbert 10-16-2007

Filed Under Industry News

Todays Dilbert comic has to be one of my favorites so far.

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Edit: United Media wants $160 to give me the right to copy their comic here, instead Ill just link to it.

Thanks Nick for sending this one my way!

Outlook Calandar Tip

If you find yourself flipping between your Outlook Calendar and E-mails a lot, you can open both at the same time. Just right click the lower left icon you want to open, such as Calendar in this photo, and open it in another monitor.

Monitor Mod

[H]ardOCP.com has the scoop of a beautifully done monitor mod.  Shadowlord, well known on the HardForum’s for his handywork in PC Modding, completed a well photographed complete benzel and base replacement.  Jump on over, it looks pretty doable for the average joe.

Dell is having a webcast/onlineExpo/Virtural Sales Presentation Oct 25th.  Call it what you will but one of the topics caught my eye.  “See more, do more with flat panels, widescreen, and multiple monitors”, it might have some usefull info for businesses trying to switch to Multiple Monitors across the enterprise, but most likely it will just be informative to anyone who has no clue about Multiple Monitors, and not to the readers of MultiMonitor.net.  But hey, theres prizes at least…

Dell is not affiliated with this site and did not ask me to post this.

Crysis in 360 Degrees

Filed Under Gaming, Hardware

Crysis 360 Degrees

Don’t ask me how I missed this one, but it looks like the EA Crysis booth at some gaming convention used a 360 degree, multi-projector, screen to advertise their upcoming game. It looks really cool, for a canned looping video. I would be pritty sweet if it was life gameplay, but I guess thats asking for a bit much right now.

You can download the video from Crysis-online.com HERE.

Or at Stage6 below (Divx Codex Required)

USB-RGB-2

I think the headline about covers it. Is it a USB video card? Is it a monitor dongle? A little of both I guess. One things for sure for about 10,000yen you can have your very own I-O Data “USB-RGB”! Reports claim its CPU intensive, which is logical, but have no data to back it up. One things for sure, if you ever manage to secure one of thease from a flea market in downtown Tokyo head on over to their all Japanese support site that claims it supports Win2K, XP, and Vista. And surprisingly it supports Aero!

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 www.HardOCP.com

If your looking for the end-all review of the  Matrox TripleHead2Go Digital Edition from a no B.S. site thats not afraid to fail a product then look no further. Brent Justice over at my favorite hardware site www.hardocp.com just posted their take on it.  For the product to get this high of a reward from the [H] is no small feat and should not be taken lightly.  Head on over for an install and setup breakdown that really tells you whats going on with that  PowerDesk-SE app, game by game breakdowns, and really-really-really big screen shots.

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Reviews of the newly released Digital (read DVI) versions of the DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go are popping up. Sadly some of these sites have probibly never seen the product judging by the textbook paragraphs (from the manual) and stock images. I mean the Latitude D810 is soo’ 2005.

Stick to reviews from more reputable sites sutch as this great one from DarkSaber at TechPowerUp. They do it right with unboxing photos, complete with naked PCB hotness’!

DisplayFusion is a fantastic (and free) new application that can make your dual monitor (or triple monitor or more) life much, much easier! Allowing you to use a different wallpaper on each monitor, or perfectly aligning one image on two monitors, manage windows across screens, and more…
Display Fusion

Here are just a few of the things you can do with DisplayFusion:

* Set a different desktop background on each monitor (either a picture or solid colour)
* Set a desktop background that spans all monitors (either a picture or colour)
* Integrated Flickr image search & download
* Drag maximized windows by their title bars to other screens
* Easily manage application windows with HotKeys:
o Move windows to the next monitor
o Move windows to the next monitor and maximize them
o Move windows to centre of the screen
o Move windows to centre of the screen and size it to 75% of the work area
o Tile windows along the top, bottom, left or right side
o Maximize windows so that they span all monitors

http://www.binaryfortress.com/displayfusion/

WXPNews (or WinXP News) just wrote a follow up to a well written piece about the benefits to multiple monitors over a single large monitor.

Jeff F. adds: “Multiple monitors help me keep things “separate” and I believe much easier to work with than one large wide aspect screen. In fact, I don’t care for the widescreens at all for business apps.”

Check the original here.

And the followup here.

If you meet the following situation:

Then you need the following Official Microsoft Patch to enable SLI or CrossFire. Come to find out your second video card was just collecting dust without it.  This patch is slated for Vista Service Pack 1.

For a list of more really handy Vista patches from Microsoft, check out this article.

HIPerSpaceEngineers at UC San Diego have constructed the highest-resolution computer display in the world – with a screen resolution up to 220 million pixels.” …for research including Earth sciences, climate prediction, biomedical engineering, genomics, brain imaging, and a little bragging rights for attracting bright freshmen.

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It consist of 55 (11×5) Dell 30 LCDs, powered by 15 Dell XPS 720 machines with 2.6 GHz Core 2 Quad, 4 GB RAM, and 2 Quadro FX 5600 video cards (each with 1.5 GB video ram). All running on Rocks Linux ( http://www.rocksclusters.org ). It’s a special distribution of Linux developed by the San Diego Supercomputing Center for cluster computing.

There are plans to extend the wall to 75 monitors.

Synergy

Day 1 – Today I decided to really thoroughly test synergy, and the best way to find out if you really love or hate something is to use it on your personal PC every day, for better or worse I am going along for this ride.


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My main PC has dual screens, and I would really like to maximize my desk space so I stole the “Guest PC” from my other desk and set it up on my desk. With a 24 inch in the middle and a 19 inch on each side I feel like I am getting a tan when I turn on both PC’s after squeezing all three monitors onto my desktop.

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Day 3 – I am lazy and haven’t setup synergy yet, I am using both PC’s using 2 sets of keyboards and mice. It’s really frustrating when I start typing on the wrong keyboard, or move the wrong mouse. I don’t think I will ever get used to having two. I will most likely install tomorrow, but I felt adding today’s entry was important because I am experiencing all the frustrations Synergy is suppose to solve.

The only thing I do not like about this setup is I am used to having all my chat and messenger windows open to my right, and now my secondary screen is to the left. It’s weird to move the mouse left to a new screen for me, I will let you know how I adapt.

Day 4 – The guest PC is fully patched and updated. Installing and configuring Synergy took all of 30 seconds after following my first write-up instructions. http://multimonitor.net/2007/06/throw-out-your-kvm%e2%80%99s-synergy-does-it-right-part-1/

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Writing today’s entry is simple, it is natural for me to copy a URL from my main PC and paste it into this review. The clipboard copying is a sweet bonus.

And it works with images too! (Not files, copying screen shots or in paint.)

Adding automatic startup is as easy as clicking a single button and synergy will start on boot and the PC’s will automatically connect.

Day 5 – I realized today that when I type on a full screen E-Mail or Word document on a secondary monitor I tend to move the mouse pointer out of the way and onto the main screen. This causes a problem with synergy setups because your keystrokes go to the PC with the mouse. I catch myself typing a couple letters and nothing will show up on the slave PC’s word processor until I figure out my mouse is on the master PC and I just accidentally searched Google, oops.

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Day 9 – When games or movies are running in full screen mode and the cursor leaves to the other PC’s desktop weird things happen, like the start bar shows up over the full screen application, or in other cases the sound and/or video stops. No thing to be critical about, as soon as you move the cursor back to the main PC all is well.

Day 10 – Having the “Guest PC” to my right is driving me bonkers. Rather than training myself to stop pushing the mouse out of the way to type, I swapped the guest pc over to the left of my main monitor, and my secondary monitor on my gaming PC went to the right. Ahhh, this is much more fluid and natural. Everything behaves the way I like. Cursor out of the way, Chat to my right, and torrents to my left. Live is good, and very accessible.

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Day 13 – Not a single crash, or other issue. Synergy has been running for days and every time I boot, the PC’s Sync like magic without any intervention. This is definitely a very stable product. One feature I wish I had was the ability to change an option on the Guest PC’s synergy (Sync Screen Saver check box) without having to plug in a mouse and keyboard to the system and stop synergy. But there are so very few options that this miner issue is barely worth noting.

Day 14 – I have been full screen gaming pretty regularly with Synergy and have not had one issue. I guess it’s good to point out that whenever you are using an application that does have issues with the mouse leaving the screen such as a first person shooter with Mouse-look, you get used to pressing Scroll Lock button to disable synergy. Most games do not have the key mapped to anything and you can game on without an issue.

Day 15 – I am writing this entry on my guest PC while waiting for the next round of Supreme Commander to begin. I feel I can use both PC’s like a pro! I really enjoy the ease and benefits of Synergy and I am now wondering about what the limitations are.

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Day 20 – I set up a laptop with Synergy and configured it to be a 3rd PC, and my 4th monitor. Just as I suspected it works like a charm. A couple setting tweaks and I enabled screen wrapping so when the cursor rolls off the utmost right screen it appears to my left. Too easy! A couple tweaks more on the server settings and the laptop is now below the primary monitor in a “T” formation. I imagine you could set up a 4 PC setup in a 2×2 formation if you wanted to control multiple PC’s with little mouse movement but the configuration could get confusing and may need to be written down to get it just right. Here is where Synergy could really benifit from a GUI where you can drag monitor icons around.

Day 22 – I have noticed that when you have the push to talk key set in Ventrillo and the cursor leaves this system while you are pushing the key, it stays pressed. This could lead to an embarrassing situation whenever some application leaves the microphone on. The same thing happens in WoW. When running using the “W” key, I continue running if the mouse leaves the main PC. Bringing the mouse back into the host system resets the key. I would consider this a minor issue, because most games and professional applications are not affected by this.

Day 25 – With the addition of a second 8800GTS onto my Gaming PC the time to review Synergy is coming to an end. I need all 3 monitors to begin breaking testing the next cool app’. All 3 monitors are hooked up my main PC, but the utmost right LCD’s VGA is hooked up to both PC’s. Now i can still access the Guest PC with synergy, I push the input button on the monitor to switch to the VGA source.

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