I can no longer send full screen video to my HDTV from iTunes or quicktime without disabling my other displays.
Maybe this lost functionality is a "feature." Just buy an apple TV and use buggy Airplay instead. This is the only "workaround" that I have found so far.
8 core Mac Pro user and I am considering going back to 10.5.8 because it handles full screen apps in the background better than 10.6 or 10.7.
Way to miss the point Apple!
Loyal power user since 1984
At least, there is a workaround. Go to system preferences > Display > Arrengement. You will see that one display have white bar at the top (the menubar). This is your primary display; the one that will be used for fullscreen applications. When you want to fullscreen a movie on an other display, simply drag that white bar to the other display and you're done.
Under Leopard and Snow Leopard there was a nice program which anticipates the whole fullscreen hype: RightZoom. Just one shortcut and you maximize your window. Works under Lion as well on every displays.
And if you like working without menu bar, you can use Megazoomer. Unfortunatly it does’nt work with every Lion app... .
I find a way to change the ugly fullscreen texture on the left display. Path: > System > Library > Frameworks > AppKit.framwork > Versions > C > Resources > NSTexturedFullScreenBackgroundColor.png.
(Needs admin rights.)
And if you hate the Mission Control background you have to change following pngs:
Path: > System > Library > CoreServices > Dock.app > Contents > Resources
This is the single reason why I am still using Snow Leopard on my iMac which has two additional displays connected to its ThunderBolt ports.
I didn't buy monitors to display fake grey linen. The real linen is cheaper.
Please provide feedback on this design decision via -http://www.apple.com/feedback/macosx.html
I'm hoping that if enough pressure is built up, they'll add an option:-
"Allow me to use my external displays = Yes/No"
I use Aperture, and here is what it looks like under Snow Leopard
When running Lion, the left and right screens look like this
yes this dual screen fullapp problem is for me a desaster two !!
for my work i must watch quicktime movies in fullscreen on my second screen i love quicktime but now
i am forced to download VLC player!!
And why i cant use the second screen when a app is in fullscreen ??
i cant believe it !!!
please god fix it !
> Once having tricked it, will it allow existing open apps to display normally?
If we understand your question, I believe so. When we perform the trick, no other applications seem to be affected. However, we do notice that when opening Safari or Chrome, the autocomplete box for the URL opens in another space temporarily but then returns you to your full-screened space after you choose the URL.
> Do you have to keep tricking it whenever going into fullscreen mode?
Anytime you open an application in an existing full-screened space, the trick must be applied.
> And do you think it will work with more than two displays?
When an application successfuly loads in a full-screened display, there doesn't appear to be a restriction on where you can move the application. We don't have a dual external monitor setup to try this on, however.
Also, this is of course just a hack. As awesome as Apple stuff is, they need to fix this :-).
Thank you so much for your reply!!
Another question just to clarify things.
Let's say I have Aperture open on my main display, but not in full screen mode. And I have other apps which I want open on the 2nd and 3rd displays. Then I use your trick like this
Switch Aperture to full screen mode
Do the three finger move, hold it, and then open TextEdit etc
Will all the other apps now become (or stay) visible on the secondary display(s)?
Will the situation stay stable is I switch back and forth beaween Aperture (in fullscreen mode) and the other (non-full screen mode) apps
Sorry if I'm kind of asking the same question again, but the devil is in the details.