Scott Hanselman

MaxiVista Version 2 - Still the Shiznit

June 14, '05 Comments [4] Posted in Reviews | Tools
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I've been a big fan of MaxiVista for a long time. I love multi-monitor productivity and now that I have a TabletPC, I consider MaxiVista to be a required tool.

Now Version 2 is out, and it includes a nubmer of new features, with the shiniest of them being it's a KVM out of the box! With a hot key you can switch from your virtual monitor to the underlying machine. Automatically moves the clipboard contents, too.

The other thing that's pretty cool (and a little creepy) is the support for Video Playback. I'm not sure how they are doing it, but I can drag Windows Media Player to the TabletPC (over WiFI) and they virtualize the hardware surface such that the video just keeps playing.

I haven't tried the other new feature, but I'm hoping to soon. You can support up to three additonal monitors. I may just take over my wife's machine when she's not around, to expand my working desktop to a full FOUR monitors.

Check out the demo and put that extra machine and monitor to some use.

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About Scott

Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Tuesday, 14 June 2005 08:29:12 UTC
How cool is that! I tried a few of available KVM software utilities to replace my hardware keyboard switch. None of them worked sufficiently. But now finally you pointed me to what I was always looking for. This Maxvista is amazing indeed.

Henry
Henry
Tuesday, 14 June 2005 15:47:44 UTC
Brilliant tool! Thanks Scott.

Jeff
Jeff
Tuesday, 14 June 2005 18:37:29 UTC
I've been using MaxiVista for a few months now. Of course, I learned about it via your blog and purchased the license. I absolutely can't live without it anymore. I am looking forward to downloading this new version! Thanks for letting us know!
Sunday, 19 June 2005 20:20:56 UTC
Thanks for the hint. Really nice software and works as advertised. I like the extended monitor thing most. Followed directly by the smoothly integrated software kvm.

Peter
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