We are upgrading from LDD 2008 to Civil3D 2013 and I've been working with 2013 abit. I've always been a typer and I do not have many toolbars up. But, now with 2013 and the toolspace and the other palettes I found that i've lost screen real estate. I have them set to auto-hide. But, I'm not thrilled with that. Others in the office have also made comments.
So, when we upgrade computers I've been asked to choose between a wide screen or 2 monitors.
I've read that the wide screeen will distort the display in Cad. But, with some adjustment that can be fixed.
I've worked briefly on computers with 2 screens and it seemed abit strange. But, I'm sure I could get used to it.
I figured I could have Toolspace, Layers, Xrefs,etc open on one screen and have the working screen on the other.
But, I was hoping to get some input on what everyone thinks.
Having 2 monitors is the tops! i've been on 2-22" monitors for 4years now and will never go back. I keep my commonly used pallets open on 2nd monitor (toolspace, layer manager, xref manager, properties) with no issues. I will say that if your machine isn't up to par, it may take much longer to open and cycle through drawings with layer manager and others upen (all subject to dwg complexity of course)
Tyler H. Johnson
Dell Precision T3500
64Bit Win7 Pro
I definitely like two monitors. I have the ribbon, properties, toolspace, SSM, and a few toolbars on the second monitor. If I open x-ref or layers they're over there too, but I keep them closed most of the time.
Win 7 Pro, 32 bit; Intel Core i5 @ 2.80GHz; 4GB RAM—Civil 3D 2008 & 2011
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I've used both setups and definitely like 2 screens better because programs maximize to a single screen so when working with 2 applications you don't have to keep manually resize them or use keyboard tricks.
FL. Dept. of Transportation
CADD Applications Developer
Core 2 Duo 2.33ghz, 8gb RAM
nVidia Quadro FX1700
I have two 22" monitors and, like other respondents, keep toolbars toolspace Layer Manager etc on the left hand one and Civil 3D on the other
(No connection with Autodesk other than using the products in the real world)
IDSP Premium 2014, Civil 3D 2013 (UKIE) Hotfix 3; Win 7 Pro x64
256Gb SSD, 300Gb 15,000 rpm HDD
16Gb Ram Intel Xeon CPU E5-1607 0 @ 3.00GHz (4 CPUs), ~3.0GHz
NVIDIA Quadro 4000, Dual 27" Monitor, Dell T3600