Originally Posted by sjmarcy
What is the nature of your use exactly, that multiple screens would do you right?
At the office, I do a lot of systems-level wiring design for radio stations. You know what a punch-block looks like? Imagine a couple hundred of them all mounted to a single wall, with several thousand individual wires running between them.
One of my jobs is to design and document all that wiring. As an example, I have the design for WCBS-AM up on my system right now. That station has 3000 pair on the wall just by itself, and it's being integrated into a facility with five other radio stations. Once this one is added in, the wall as a whole will have appx. 17,000 pair on it. That's a lot of documentation. And each one of those wires has an "other" end that also gets documented. The Phone Company is about the only place where you'll find more wiring in a single room. I would dare say that any one of my facilities has more cross-connects in it than all of Google, and I crank out about one of these per year.
While I use AutoCAD and Visio to do the conceptual designs, I use Excel to crank out the detailed documentation, one wire at a time. I typically have one sheet per block. So to document a wire between Block A and Block B, I will have the sheet for Block A open on the left screen, and the sheet for Block B open on the right screen.
I'll also have a third document, which is a master layout of all of the blocks in any given room, and sometimes a fourth and fifth document as well, containing detail as to what is happening on the "other end" of whenever the two blocks that I'm working on at any given time go.
The master layout I always print out on actual paper, so I can jot notes on it. It'd be nice to be able to pull up the detail documents on a third and fourth monitor, but the ergonomics of it just don't seem practical in this case.