Looking for a way to make that desktop a little easier to manage? Widescreen displays are good, but ultra-wide is the thing being embraced now, offering just a little extra width normally given to movies to make working just that much easier.
There was a time when we were all working in the 4 to 3 aspect ratio. Remember those big clunker of monitors that were close to square, and showed a lot of work, but not a lot of space for movies?
When widescreens started to come into play in both laptops and desktops, the squarer screens gave way to the rectangular 16 to 9 and 16 to 10 counterparts, offering a closer to movie-like aspect ratio with a bare minimum of black bars on movies, and more room for applications.
But the 16:9 and 16:10 ratio we know as widescreen isn’t really the widescreen we think it is, and 21 to 9 (21:9) is here to demonstrate just that.
In recent years, there have been just a smattering of TVs released offering this ultra-wide display size, and when movies are run through these displays, there are no black bars at all. In fact, the frames of the TV are the black bars, at least as far as the movie is concerned, as 21:9 is closer to what filmmakers are showing in cinemas.
Monitors have also been given this treatment, though once again, there aren’t that many, and for many companies, it’s more than just trying to make it possible for regular people to see movies the right way at home, but also a way to make the ultra-wide form-factor even more useful.
In the case of LG’s 29EA73, that level of “useful” is coming from a driver the company has released with the monitor, which is called a “productivity split driver.”
When engaged, this sets up a series of divisions on your screen and automatically moves the multiple windows you might have open to sit in several configurations.
For instance, you could have a main window on the left and two smaller windows sit on top of each other on the right, have three columns of apps, or even have a window and piece of software running in all four quadrants of the screen.
It’s an interesting idea, though you may find it suffers the odd bug here and there.
Plugged into a Mac, as an example, you need to activate an accessibility function that is hidden under layers with the update of Maverick 10.9. That’s not really an LG problem, but once you do activate it, you may find that the LG Split Screen viewer doesn’t necessarily assemble your windows the way you want, and sometimes may even crash your computer, as we found.
From what we can tell, the LG driver is matching your apps with specific divisions to your screen, and you can let it do its thing by forcing these windows to these specific divisions, or drag and drop the windows into the divisions of your choosing.
This is a quick way to get your windows under control, though it’s not without its fair share of problems, because as you switch windows that may or may not be on the screen – such as Twitter or your file explorer – the windows shuffle in and out, changing location and trying to reset where they are.