Lightroom: Better Multi-Monitor Support, to include Full Screen Editing

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I want to be able to use one monitor just for the image under development, or otherwise being viewed, full-screen, and the other monitor(s) for the other stuff, especially library + develop panels.
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I am doing that right now with LR 3. You just put the second monitor into normal loupe mode and close its panels, and you have just your image up on one screen and whatever module you like open on the other. You can even drag the main screen to the opposite monitor if you want to switch which one is on which monitor.

What do you want to enhance about that functionality?
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I'd like to be able to put the whole Library module on one screen and the whole of Develop on the other. I regularly work with the second window on Grid view and main on Develop, but I miss having access particularly to the Folders and Quick Develop panels when working like that.

I'd agree with Lee Jay, I can't see how your request is different to the current dual monitor setup though.
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If there's a way to have an image under development occupy the entire screen edge-to-edge in one monitor, with the library + develop panels open in another, I've yet to discover it.
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Lee Jay - you can't select a brush from the toolbar in one monitor, and brush on the (nearly) full-screen image in the other monitor.

Victoria - Yes: I'd prefer both sets of panels be open at the same time. The idea being: full-screen image for applying local adjustments on one monitor, and everything else on the other monitor. Everything else to include lib+dev panels, menus, lib filters, folders, thumbnails, lib T-bar, ...
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"Lee Jay - you can't select a brush from the toolbar in one monitor, and brush on the (nearly) full-screen image in the other monitor. "

Yes, that's one detail. That's why I asked what I asked above, "What do you want to enhance about that functionality? "

There are several other things I can think of to enhance besides this one.
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The simplest incarnation of this FR/Idea might be worded:

- when in development mode, move everything except the image to the other monitor.

The downside of doing *only* that much is that without the image on the other monitor, there is now a hole where the image used to be. I can imagine that being filled by thumbnails or lib panels, as examples.

The most complex incarnation of this FR/Idea might be worded:
Divide the UI up into chunks:
- Image under development
- Panels
- T-bar
- thumbnails
And allow those pieces to reside on monitor of user's choice.

I'm not sure how to answer more clearly. Its not about a list of details, its about UI chunk location. My main requirement being image chunk on one, by itself, occupying full screen, development-ready, for local + global adjustment. I can't help but think it would also be a good thing to be able to have lib panels open along with the dev panels, along with any other chunks that would fit.
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I think the simplest incarnation would be an additional second-monitor option, "Working Image", which would be exactly what's in the Develop module right now. Perhaps what you said is the same thing, but with a monitor switch as well.
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Uh, yes - this would be the same thing as I was saying for simplest incarnation, for all practical purposes.
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In a nutshell, present design does not change anything about how the main monitor behaves (which was designed for single monitor use) when a second monitor is being used. It would be far better, in my opinion, if one monitor was used for development image (not loupe view), and other used for tools and info...

Note: this would go great with a reworking of the UI to be more flexible, so one could have whichever major items one wanted on whichever monitor, to accommodate configurations with more than 2 monitors as well, or if one wanted just one strip of frequently used tools on the same monitor as the developing image.

If one had 3 monitors, they may want just the thumbnails on one monitor and all tools and info on another, plus dev image on another. I can imagine some power users with 4 monitors even... I'm not saying the majority of users would, but if the UI were modified in this fashion, nothing extra would be required to support customization of a single monitor, dual, triple, or more...

Personally, I have no desire to rearrange the tools in a single panel, so that's not what I'm talking about here, although some folks would like that as well. I'm just talking about distributing the "big" pieces across more than one monitor.
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Agreed. I want my Image to fill my expensive monitor from edge to edge and I want my Develop tools right over there on the cheap monitor. Having my "right side panel" of Develop tools and the whole library module on that second monitor together would be nirvana.
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Well said. And if I may say so, its good to see some more support for this idea :-), and if I may also say, I'm particularly fond of that "left side panel" of develop tools too ;-}.
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I agree with you! It would be great to be able to work in develop module with the image in one monitor and the panels in another one.

Good suggestion!
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