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How Many Monitors Does DisplayFusion Support?

July 19, 2012

How many monitors does DisplayFusion support? The short answer is: As many as your video card(s) and display drivers can handle. Note that some cards have more outputs than they can physically enable at one time, which cannot be worked around using software (i.e. many cards have 3 outputs, but only 2 can be enabled at one time). As we'll detail in this post, we were recently able to re-test DisplayFusion with 11 monitors. We've also had customers report that DisplayFusion works well in their 12 monitor setups.

Which DisplayFusion features worked in the 11 monitor setup?

All of the DisplayFusion features worked great in the 11 monitor setup. Certain actions, such as applying the wallpaper settings, or reloading the taskbars take a bit longer than on a 2 or 3 monitor setup, but that's to be expected, as there's a lot more work to be done behind the scenes when handling that many monitors. See the following screenshots for what the various configuration screens look like with 11 monitors attached.


Desktop Wallpaper Configuration
Desktop Wallpaper Configuration


Custom DisplayFusion Functions
Custom DisplayFusion Functions


DisplayFusion Monitor Configuration: 1 Monitor Profile
DisplayFusion Monitor Configuration: 1 Monitor Profile


DisplayFusion Monitor Configuration: 11 Monitor Profile
DisplayFusion Monitor Configuration: 11 Monitor Profile


DisplayFusion Screen Saver Configuration
DisplayFusion Screen Saver Configuration


Interestingly enough, there are a couple of bugs in Windows when using this many monitors. The Windows Screen Resolution settings window doesn't put an ID on any monitors with an ID higher than 10. The DisplayFusion Monitor Configuration shows the monitor ID on all monitors, including ones with IDs higher than 10. Additionally, the built-in Windows Screen Savers crash (regardless of whether you configure them using Windows, or DisplayFusion) when running more than 9 monitors. To prevent the Screen Saver crashes from showing up in DisplayFusion, we've added a check that will prevent the Windows built-in Screen Savers from being selected in the DisplayFusion Screen Saver configuration on systems that have more than 9 monitors enabled.



Windows Screen Resolutions Settings
Windows Screen Resolutions Settings

Which DisplayFusion features are really helpful when running 11 monitors?

While all of the DisplayFusion features are great with 2 or more monitors, we found the following features to be especially helpful when using 11 monitors.

Monitor Configuration: The Windows Screen Resolution settings can be a bit cumbersome to use, especially when enabling and arranging many monitors. Many of the steps require you to apply the settings before performing the next step. For example, you can select each monitor to be enabled, but then you must apply the settings before re-arranging them to the correct layout.

The DisplayFusion Monitor Configuration feature not only allows you to enable and arrange the monitors before applying the settings, but it also allows you to save different monitor layouts as Monitor Profiles, so that they can be quickly applied with a few clicks in the future.

Monitor Selector and Custom Functions: When you've got 11 monitors, being able to specifically select which monitor an application should move to becomes a very handy tool. Using DisplayFusion's Functions, you can achieve this in a couple of ways.

Using the Move Window to Different Monitor Function, which shows a monitor selector, you can choose which monitor the application should move to when running the Function.



Move Window to Different Monitor Function
Move Window to Different Monitor Function


Alternatively, you can create custom Functions that automatically move the application to a specific monitor when the Function is run, and skip the step of having to choose a monitor each time you want to move the application.

Mirror Monitor/Window Function: When running a system with many monitors, it's entirely possible that you may have monitors located in different physical areas, outside of your viewing range. There are two DisplayFusion Functions that can help in this situation.

The Mirror Monitor Function will mirror the output of the selected monitor into a separate window that can be resized and moved to any other monitor. The Mirror Window Function will do the same, but it will use the output from the selected application.



Mirror Monitor Function
Mirror Monitor Function

Feedback

If you've got a setup with 6+ monitors, feel free to leave some feedback in the comments to let us know how DisplayFusion works for you, and which features you find the most useful when running 6+ monitors! As always, if you need any technical support, or have any questions, feel free to contact us.

ClipboardFusion 2.1 Now Available!

July 18, 2012

We're pleased to announce that ClipboardFusion 2.1 is now available for download. There are some great changes, including a bunch of bug fixes, enhancements, and some new Macro API functions. Since we haven't announced the last two minor versions of ClipboardFusion, we're including the changes from those versions in the following list as well.

The most notable changes since ClipboardFusion 2.0.4 are:

  • Added a HotKey to show the History Menu at the current mouse cursor location
  • History Menu now shows online Recent and Pinned items
  • Items in the History Menu can now be selected using the Enter key
  • New Macro API functions (CFOGetSavedText, GetUserValue, GetLastHistory, GetHistoryText, ShowMessageInfo, ShowMessageError)
  • General compatibility, performance, and stability improvements

The full change log is available here. We encourage everyone to update to the latest version, in order to take advantage of these improvements.

DisplayFusion 4.0.1 Now Available!

May 30, 2012

DisplayFusion 4.0.1 is now available for download. This version consists mainly of bug fixes, performance and stability fixes, and a few small tweaks to various features.

We encourage everyone to update to this new version today to take advantage of these improvements. If you've already purchased DisplayFusion, it's a lifetime license, so you can upgrade to this version at no cost! If you would like to see a complete list of all the changes, please visit the DisplayFusion Change Log. We'd like to send out a big thanks to everyone who helped to complete the DisplayFusion translations, and the thousands of people that helped test the Beta versions. Thanks everyone!

Some of the notable changes in this version include:

  • Window Location rules now accept wildcards (Ex: *.* for moving all applications or "*\MetroTwit.exe" for moving specific applications regardless of install path)
  • Improved Windows 7 style taskbar previews
  • Window sizing ToolTip improvements
  • Improved compatibility with third party screen savers
  • Fixed some minor issues with the built-in DisplayFusion Photos Screen Saver
  • Fixed up some UI issues when using a right-to-left language
  • Fixed some issues that could cause DisplayFusion to hang or crash in some situations
  • Various other performance, stability, and bug fixes

DisplayFusion 4.0 Now Available!

May 2, 2012

We're very happy to announce that DisplayFusion 4.0 is now available for download!


This version includes a bunch of great new features. Taskbars now include tray icons, and an optional, alternate Classic style Start Menu. The alternate Start Menu is a great option for anyone who wants Start Menu functionality in Windows 8. Google Image Search, Bing Image Search, and deviantART have been added to the Online Wallpaper Providers. Desktop Icon Profiles allow you to save and restore your favourite Desktop icon layouts. Aero Colour Settings allow DisplayFusion to set the Aero Colour based on either the dominant colour of the current wallpaper, or the current application's icon (Windows 7 and Windows 8 only).


Here are the most notable changes for DisplayFusion 4.0:


  • Windows 8 Consumer Preview Support
  • Optional alternate Start Menu for DisplayFusion Taskbars
  • DisplayFusion Taskbars now contain tray icons
  • DisplayFusion Taskbars now use basic Jump Lists when right-clicking Taskbar buttons
  • HotKeys can be run from the basic Jump Lists on the DisplayFusion Taskbars
  • Added Google Image Search, Bing Image Search, and deviantART to Online Wallpaper Providers
  • Desktop Icon Profiles
  • Aero Colour can now be set by DisplayFusion based on the current wallpaper or current application
  • HotKey editor now has a window picker for easier setup of custom HotKeys
  • Added a basic built-in DisplayFusion Photos Screen Saver
  • Revamped silent installer allowing for better customization of silent deployments (new requirements for deploying via Group Policy)
  • ADMX Group Policy templates for centralized control in Active Directory environments
  • UI now properly supports right-to-left languages
  • 23 languages bundled
  • New DisplayFusion logo and icon
  • Tons of bug fixes and performance/stability improvements

We're still hoping to finish up the translations for Catalan, Finnish, Galician, Japanese, Latvian, Norwegian, Slovak, and Slovenian. If you're interested in helping out with the translations, please contact us.


We encourage everyone to update to this new version today to take advantage of these improvements. If you've already purchased DisplayFusion, it's a lifetime license, so you can upgrade to this version at no cost! If you would like to see a complete list of all the changes, please visit the DisplayFusion Change Log. We'd like to send out a big thanks to the dozens of people who helped with the DisplayFusion translations, and the thousands of people that helped test the Beta versions. Thanks everyone!


And now, on to some screenshots from DisplayFusion 4.0:


Wallpaper Provider: Google Image Search
Wallpaper Provider: Google Image Search



Taskbar Tray Icons
Taskbar Tray Icons



Taskbar Alternate Start Menu
Taskbar Alternate Start Menu



Key Assignment for HotKeys
Key Assignment for HotKeys



DisplayFusion Taskbar Previews
DisplayFusion Taskbar Previews

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