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Poll: How many computer screens do you use to work?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "How many computer screens do you use to work?".

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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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1 Feb 15, 2012

1 laptop, 1 screen. Works for me!

(and I'm sure we've had this one before)


 

Claire Cox
United Kingdom
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Two Feb 15, 2012

Although at the moment I'm working some of the time in the kitchen on my laptop whilst I supervise my 4-month old puppy. I'm really missing my two-screen configuration though! So many documents seem to come in pdf format nowadays, so it's really useful to have the pdf document open on a second screen and my converted Word file on my main screen. I usually have my internet search screen and e-mail page open on the second screen too so I don't need to switch off my translation window. Any reference info goes on the second screen too. Another huge advantage is when translating long Powerpoint documents. There often isn't much text on each page, but lots of graphics, so these would be very expensive (and unnecessary) to print out. With two screens you can check them on screen by having your translated presentation on one screen and the original showing as a slide show on the second screen. One of the files I'm working on at the moment has a table in tiny font on the final two pages; I can barely read it if I print it out, so the only way I've been able to translate it is to convert it, translate on two screens (so I can check the conversion as I work), and then check the translation against the original on two screens. I just don't see how I could have done it otherwise.

And yes, I think we've had this before; perhaps someone thought it was time for an update though?


[Edited at 2012-02-15 08:31 GMT]


 

B D Finch  Identity Verified
France
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Never throw things out Feb 15, 2012

When I finally decided to salvage the sound and graphics cards from my 12-year old computer, it came with the bonus of a port for a digital screen. Being an only semi-literate computer person, I had not realised that the only reason that my old screen wouldn't work on the new computer was because it needed a digital port. Fortunately, I had kept that screen. The other bonus was that the old screen pivots and so I am able to display the source document on it in portrait mode while working in landscape mode on the other screen.

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[Edited at 2012-02-15 08:49 GMT]

[Edited at 2012-02-15 08:50 GMT]


 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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Spanish to English
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Other Feb 15, 2012

Normally just one at a time.
However, I sometimes have to set up a laptop beside my working PC if I want to be able to look at 2 screens at once rather than splitting one display into two, which always seems fiddly to me. This is usually only with more awkward things like scanned PDFs or larger PPTs, Excel, etc. Or sometimes I may have to work on text which had been formatted alongside images and I like to be able to see how it looked before the text was ripped out...


 

Vladimir Pochinov  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
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Member (2002)
English to Russian
One screen but a large one Feb 15, 2012

My configuration is Apple Mac mini + 27" Apple Thunderbolt Display, which makes it easy to view two full-page documents and have a couple of other tools (e.g. a desktop version of Mutitran dictionary) open alongside.

 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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Bugbear Feb 15, 2012

Claire Cox wrote:

So many documents seem to come in pdf format nowadays, so it's really useful to have the pdf document open on a second screen and my converted Word file on my main screen....



True, and I find the best way to avoid them sending me PDFs is by unceasingly nagging my clients to think about it before they run off and scan things, and threatening them with surcharges for PDFs, especially if scanned from paper. It works in many cases - although not with most agencies, who are usually reluctant to help (or bother the client about it) in this sense.


 

Maciek Pastuszka  Identity Verified
Poland
Local time: 12:48
English to Polish
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Two Feb 15, 2012

One 17" Dell laptop and a 21" LCD screen to display the source text.

 

Jan Kolbaba  Identity Verified
Czech Republic
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3 monitors + Eyefinity technology Feb 15, 2012

is what I've been using. You'll get used to it very quickly, especially when you are a technical translator since you need to have MANY (reference) windows open and to switch among them frequently.

This is my working environment:
http://www.transl-services.com/docs/plocha.jpg

Jan


 

Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Russian to English
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Three Feb 15, 2012

Up to about four years ago, I only used one. I used to print out originals and do the translation on my only screen. Then I added a second one and put the original on one screen and the translation on the other. I fiind this much more convenient.
I am translating a novel at the moment, and the authors provide notes about each chapter. I correspond with them to update these notes as necessary. I display the notes on a third screen (my laptop) for ease of reference to them and to add comments for the updating of the notes by the authors.

[Edited at 2012-02-15 12:07 GMT]


 

Gilla Evans  Identity Verified
Local time: 11:48
Spanish to English
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Once you've tried two, you'll never go back to one Feb 15, 2012

When working away from my office, and therefore on my laptop, I really miss my two-screen setup. Couldn't go back to using just one screen on a permanent basis.

 

Nikki Scott-Despaigne  Identity Verified
Local time: 12:48
French to English
Repeat poll - again? Feb 15, 2012

Mary Worby wrote:

1 laptop, 1 screen. Works for me!

(and I'm sure we've had this one before)


From memory, this too is a repeat poll. In two weeks to my knowledge we have had two repeat polls, or close to repeats. ProZ will soon have had more repeats than the BBC!icon_wink.gif


 

Ty Kendall  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Hebrew to English
Definitely Déjà vu Feb 15, 2012

GROUNDHOG DAY!

Another repeated poll. Especially annoying since I suggested a good poll question which has never seen the light of day.


 

Alma de Kok  Identity Verified
Netherlands
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Polish to Dutch
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What a clean desk!! Feb 15, 2012

Jan Kolbaba wrote:

This is my working environment:
http://www.transl-services.com/docs/plocha.jpg


Did you clean your desk before taking the picture? Or does it look this way allways?? I'm impressed.

I use two 24" monitors on a very messy corner desk, my wireless keyboard and mouse rest on a sliding shelve under my desk.

Regards, Alma


 

Jan Kolbaba  Identity Verified
Czech Republic
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Thanks Alma :-) Feb 15, 2012


Did you clean your desk before taking the picture? Or does it look this way allways?? I'm impressed.

I use two 24" monitors on a very messy corner desk, my wireless keyboard and mouse rest on a sliding shelve under my desk.

Regards, Alma


Well, my office is in my house and you do not know my wifeicon_smile.gif. Everything must be clean and perfect hrrrrricon_smile.gif. She always comes as a strong wind, truns everything upside down in order to get rid of the dust pilesicon_smile.gif. She doesn't care whether I am translating or not!icon_smile.gif So, I learned to clean my working desk myselficon_smile.gif. So yes, the desk looks this way most of the timeicon_smile.gif

[Edited at 2012-02-15 11:25 GMT]


 
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