Skip navigation

Can't use full screen on second display.

41955 Views 70 Replies Latest reply: Apr 17, 2012 4:03 PM by Beriechil RSS
  • RickFoster Calculating status...
    Currently Being Moderated
    Jul 24, 2011 5:39 AM (in response to ronfrombantry)

    Indeed Apple dropped the ball on this one. I did find a configuration that allowed me to watch a rented movie on iTunes while plugging my TV into my new 2011 MacBook Pro running Lion last night.

     

    I had to make sure all I only had 1 desktop active in the the new mission control. Only then when I dragged my iTunes window over to the secondary screen did it "full screen" into the secondary screen. If I had more then one desktop, I would get the same behavior reported by everyone else in this discussion board.

     

    I am doing this as a reply to the first post as it might help some other with a workaround until Apple can fix this rather severe problem.

  • TheSmokeMonster Level 4 Level 4 (3,240 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Jul 24, 2011 6:45 AM (in response to RickFoster)

    @RickFoster: Not my experience. Not only will putting iTunes in full screen put it in a new Space/Desktop, playing a video and putting THAT in full screen mode makes ANOTHER space. So now I have two extra desktops just for itunes full screen (image below). How could this be how they imagined it? Each one of these full screen apps also diminishes your use of your other monitors.

     

    Screen Shot 2011-07-24 at 9.36.41 AM.png

     

    Don't mind the custom Orange Beethoven in a bowler cap and one eye lash for a moment and see how there are now THREE desktops created by doubling up the full screen feature in itunes to full screen itunes then full screen the video playing in itunes. HORRIBLE! This issue should have way more people talking then silly iCal and Address book UI design, This FUNCTIONALLY doesn't work.

  • Beriechil Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Jul 24, 2011 2:45 PM (in response to TheSmokeMonster)

    Actually that's exactly how they intended it to be - apart from not being able to use your second display, I hope - so that you can swipe between iTunes and the fullscreen video.

    Of course it would make more sense, if you have multiple monitors, to be able to put iTunes on one screen and the video on the other. Maybe they will give us that feature, though I wouldn't count on it.

  • burleydude Calculating status...
    Currently Being Moderated
    Jul 25, 2011 7:41 PM (in response to Beriechil)

    This is a deal-breaker that might, for the first time in years, send me back to Windows. Apple should not be disabling my external monitor in full-screen mode. It worked how it should before Lion was released.

     

    As Beriechil said, I'm not confident Apple will fix this, as the second monitor was always disabled when viewing iTunes in Full Screen under Snow Leopard and that was never fixed.

     

    I have no idea why Apple think it's a good idea to dictate what people do with the incredibly expensive external monitors they've bought. Streamlining things for the masses is great for shifting units, but lack of choice in professional apps is one of the number one complaints about Apple now.

     

    Give us control of our monitors, please.

  • TheSmokeMonster Level 4 Level 4 (3,240 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Jul 25, 2011 7:52 PM (in response to burleydude)

    more like how spaces acted then itunes... they never gave you real multi screen support for that and how old is leopard now? so I'm just scared for the future and wondering why this wasn't one of the first things done with mission control/spaces with a new hat.

  • TheSmokeMonster Level 4 Level 4 (3,240 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Jul 25, 2011 8:02 PM (in response to Beriechil)

    if there was independent support for each monitor you could swipe fullscreen apps but you could also mix and match the ones you're looking at. so if you were someone with three monitors you would be afforded the luxury of three fullscreen apps that you can use and multitask with eachother rather then spending time looking at the pretty slide animation Lion has. And yes, it's very pretty, but change the multimonito capabilities and I'll be completely sold on fullscreen apps.

     

    for example, you could have a fullscreen text editors, FTP client, finder, and webpages to tutorials you may be working with to make a website (4 apps fullscreen, one monitor). Now you have your adobe CS5.5 booted up with PS AI and maybe (gasp) FL (three fullscreen apps, one display). Now you have your third and final display. in that you have the four major browsers open, FF, Chrome, Safari, and VMware with ie (shutters). now imagine this power station for web development with three monitors and all your apps open to work with, being able to swipe in and out of each. This is my dream and I hope you will share it with me.

     

    I hope someone makes an app that does this or apple creates support for this soon.

  • jaydisc Level 4 Level 4 (1,400 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Jul 26, 2011 5:26 AM (in response to ronfrombantry)

    Maybe QuickTime 7 will tide you over until 10.7.1

     

    http://www.macworld.com/article/161320/2011/07/lion_quicktime7.html

  • TheSmokeMonster Level 4 Level 4 (3,240 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Jul 26, 2011 8:21 AM (in response to jaydisc)

    I heard the dev edition is 10.7.2

  • capper16 Calculating status...
    Currently Being Moderated
    Jul 27, 2011 7:27 AM (in response to ronfrombantry)

    To get QuickTime to run full screen on a second display (a 32" LCD TV) while still being able to use the display on my Macbook normally, I simply dragged the QuickTime video to the second display, then selected 'Fit to Screen' under 'View' in the QuickTime menu. It's not a perfect solution, but it's an option other than downgrading your QuickTime version.

  • TheSmokeMonster Level 4 Level 4 (3,240 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Jul 27, 2011 7:29 AM (in response to capper16)

    VLC is a way better alternative to this.

  • Patrick Ellis1 Level 3 Level 3 (750 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Jul 27, 2011 7:33 AM (in response to capper16)

    It's workable but the issue with that will be aspect ratio.  Make sure that you have a solid colour desktop backgroud because playing a 4:3 video on a widesceen or widescreen content on a 4:3 display will result in letter boxing or pillar boxing and your desktop background will border the content.  Go black if you want something like the previous behaviour otherwise QTX player will look almost as bad as the matted photo look of Mission Control.

  • capper16 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Jul 27, 2011 7:36 AM (in response to ronfrombantry)

    Yes, but using fullscreen mode on VLC causes my MacBook display to go black and if you try to using anything in fullscreen mode on the MacBook display (such as Safari) I lose the functionality of the second display. I'm having the same problems whether I'm using QuickTime or VLC.

  • Patrick Ellis1 Level 3 Level 3 (750 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Jul 27, 2011 7:44 AM (in response to capper16)

    I don't use VLC so I can't say for sure but there is an option under Preferences/Video  -> "Black screens in full screen mode".  What if you turn that off - does it still happen?

  • capper16 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Jul 27, 2011 8:00 AM (in response to Patrick Ellis1)

    Removing black screen did work, thank you. Still find it rediculous that you can't use apps in fullscreen mode on the Mac display without losing the second display.

Actions

More Like This

  • Retrieving data ...

Bookmarked By (1)

Legend

  • This solved my question - 10 points
  • This helped me - 5 points
This site contains user submitted content, comments and opinions and is for informational purposes only. Apple disclaims any and all liability for the acts, omissions and conduct of any third parties in connection with or related to your use of the site. All postings and use of the content on this site are subject to the Apple Support Communities Terms of Use.