Lightroom: Navigator window as part of a 2nd monitor display

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The navigator window to be able to be viewed Bigger!!! ...perhaps as part of when a 2nd monitor is activated ...that would be the best....added to live,normal, locked mode on 2nd monitor.
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Chris Cox

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Which product are you referring to?

(Photoshop's navigator is already movable and resizeable..)
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David Jones

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Sorry.... Lightroom
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Victoria Bampton - Lightroom Queen, Champion

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Can you explain a little further? What do you imagine the bigger Navigator window doing that the 2nd monitor doesn't already do? And how would that help? I have an idea along those lines, but it's your idea that counts!
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Good point Victoria. David, we're trying to understand how the Navigator would be better than the current 2nd monitor functionality.
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Victoria,Jeffrey thanks....
After re-looking at it again (the navigator) and how I use it. I guess when I had one monitor,I would just expand window (or left panel) a bit. But with a small monitor and screen space is already at a minimum that was not my favorite solution. I use the navigator to mostly view the final crop as I crop ( live view not to be confused with a 2nd monitor) and to see adjustments and or vignette as it is being applied,perhaps while still in crop mode.Presets are the other main reason to use the navigator and sometimes it is just to small to tell what a preset may do,sometimes very subtle changes are needed.With that said ....now that I have a 2nd monitor that helps a great deal, but where I still see a need, is for that navigator window to be larger....added as a viewing option to the left side on top with the grid, loupe,compare, survey mode...I love my 2nd monitor, I love the normal,Live and locked mode , use them all.
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Presets I can definitely imagine being useful in the larger second window. There was a bug in one of the 3.0 public beta versions, if I remember correctly, that did that, but I seem to remember it being very slow to update due to the larger amount of processing involved.

I'm not sure I understand how the crop or vignette preview would be different to using the standard loupe on the second window though?
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David,

I'm hoping for a solution that allows viewing/developing image to be displayed full-screen in one monitor, with the other monitor devoted to lib+dev panels & everything else. In that configuration, there would be ample real-estate to resize the navigator more.

How does that sound?

In the mean time, make sure you've got the left-hand dev panel pulled out all the way, to maximize navigator size.
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I was just searching for this solution and so I guess it still doesn't exist. I use development presets all the time and would like the ability to get a larger preview the the effect of a preset will have on a photo before I execute the preset. If the preset functionality of the Navigator (namely hovering over the preset and the effect displaying in the navigator) could be shared as an option to the 2nd monitor - I think that would be a fantastic improvement. I note above there are some questions on the proceeding speed that would be used up for this but with most professional photographers using lots of RAM, and much faster processors, I don't think speed would be as much of a concern as maybe 5 years ago.