Currently, I am using and still loving my Samsung CRG9 curved monitor. At 49 inches, super widescreen format it has a lot of impressive screen space. I might also add its physical footprint takes up an equally excessive amount of space on the desktop but is worth the tradeoff for me.
As I wrote a couple of years ago it has an impressively sharp picture that makes a lot of different creative work like video, audio editing, or animation much easier as it displays a lot of information. I might add it does so without blocking my view out of the window that sits in front of my computer desk. Something a standard format 49-inch monitor is not capable of.
The only recurring problem I have is window size. You can get all kinds of utilities that try to manage this aspect of large monitors with varying degrees of success. It also depends on what you are looking for in monitor management. Whether you are multi-monitor or single large monitor, getting windows to snap to anything other than one half of the screen or full screen can be a pain in the you-know-what without third-party utilities.
While I love my single, super-wide monitor I discovered one problem that I just couldn’t ignore any longer. I’ve mentioned this before, I like working from the center viewing position, not off to the left or right for my main work window. This has been my habit for years dating back to the time when we had to have a video card installed for every monitor instead of the multi-output cards we have today.
The Settings Screen of DisplayFusion with Custom Functions at the Top.
For the past couple of years, I have relied on basic window snapping or just manually resizing the windows which is a huge buzz kill when all you want to do is press a button to make it happen. Trouble is… you might want your work area in the middle and supporting material flanking both sides or, in the case of watching a tutorial, you may want one half of the monitor on the tutorial and one half on the application. On the other hand, if you are recording a tutorial, you might want a special 1080p button that will center the window at 1920 X 1080, 2K, or whatever.
All I wanted was the buttons, not the drag and snap of most monitor managers and I found just that. A utility that does far more than my simple need of window snapping but also manages multiple monitors in more ways than you knew you needed… or existed. This utility does so much I can’t even tell you about one-tenth of the features as I have only used the snapping feature up to this point.
The software is DisplayFusion from Binary Fortress. It appears the software is aimed at multiple monitor users, which is… probably… a vast majority of those that read this article. Lots of creatives run multiple monitors now, many more than two, and with that comes the drawbacks of multiple monitors but DisplayFusion seems to address a lot of those needs.
In fact, this utility is so loaded with features I almost moved on without trying it. The only negative so far is the fact that there were so many features that I almost blew it off as bloatware. The settings screen looked fairly complicated and as a 40 year plus computer user I’m not intimidated by much.
The One-Click Process of Changing Window Locations Based on Custom Functions
This was a different story because there was SO MUCH stuff to tweak and change but I decided to focus only on what I needed with the free Pro version trial. It wasn’t long before I zeroed in on Custom Functions within the Functions menu that I discovered my pot of gold in terms of window snapping.
There are lots of Functions available that might have done what I wanted but I went the custom route as it consists of drop-down selection boxes including location, size, and width in both percentage and pixel options.
Within a few minutes of downloading, I was creating these functions and in less than thirty minutes I can now click those buttons to put it just where I need it on my super widescreen. I can quickly switch from three windows to two windows or one central 1080 capture window with a click of a button.
Those buttons are placed at the top of most applications and windows, taking up little space, and have icons to identify the button. The ability to jump back and forth and resize with the button click is a real time saver and cuts out all the frustration I was having. Not all applications work, ZBrush being one and Marvelous Designer and others like it that are not made to Windows conventions. Those are few so far. Annoying all the same, but few.
As I said earlier, I am on the free trial as of this writing, but I will be purchasing the software. The Custom Functions are part of the paid Pro version which starts at $29 (US) per machine, $44 (US) for any number of computers “in your house” along with Site, Enterprise, and Steam versions.
I will be honest. I have not even looked at the other features because the price is something I can easily live with to have the snapping feature on computers in my backyard studio or the house. I will be looking at those other features in Pro as time goes by. Might be something in those settings that I did not know I needed!
M.D. McCallum, aka WarLord, is an international award-winning commercial graphics artist, 3D animator, published author, project director, and webmaster with a freelance career that spans over 20 years. Now retired, M.D. is currently working part-time on writing and select character development projects. You can learn more about MD on his website.