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DisplayFusion: Now and the Future

I'm very happy to report that DisplayFusion has passed a significant milestone this week: it has now been downloaded over 100,000 times! This far exceeds any expectations I had, as this averages more than 20,000 downloads per month since it's release. Party time!

Now for some future news. Significant progress has been made on v2.0, which will be the next release. It has some spiffy new features and a pile of bug fixes. There are also some other big changes that I'll announce once v2.0 gets released. I'd like to send out a big thanks to everyone that has donated over the last few months as I have been able to cover the hosting costs for DisplayFusion. This has allowed me to not worry about hosting costs or paying bills, and instead let me focus my attention elsewhere. v2.0 is nearing completion and should be ready for release in the next couple of weeks. I'll keep you posted.

Jan 25, 2008  • #1
Jocelyn Giroux
2 discussion posts

I really appreciate Display Fusion and would like to say Thank you. It solved an annoying problem that I had.
If I can make a little suggestion. It would be nice to add the following feature :
I use two different second monitor (home and office) with my laptop. In the Size mode list, it would be useful to have an option “Best fit and maintain Aspect Ratio” that would choose automatically between “Fit Width and maintain Aspect Ratio” and “Fit Height and maintain Aspect Ratio”. In fact, I think that such option may even replace the two others.

Thank you again and keep me posted.


Jo Giroux
Jan 26, 2008  • #2
Jon Tackabury (BFS)'s profile on
That is a fantastic idea - I'll be sure to include it in v2.0. Thanks for the feedback!
Jan 26, 2008  • #3
Jan Bickley
1 discussion post
The feature I would like to see (in fact, it is what I was looking for when I found DF) is to show identical screens on both monitors. Laptops do this automatically but most desktop systems will not do it at all! I have a system with a remote monitor that I would like to use without adding breakout hardware which tends to "ghost".
Feb 5, 2008  • #4
Jon Tackabury (BFS)'s profile on
It sounds like a feature that is built into most video card drivers now. I know that ATI drivers can do display cloning, and I'm pretty sure that the nVidia drivers can do it as well. This is something that is best handled at the video driver level and is unfortunately out of the scope of DisplayFusion.
Feb 6, 2008  • #5
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People will hate it if you do it, but with payment in the thousands of clicks, adsense would really make your what you love to do profitable ... not that the profit motive should be the driving factor, but its a good side income.
Feb 8, 2008  • #6
Alan Greenslade
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Hi, I'm trying to iniate the updates that are sent to me but when I go to download them I get an error that states Fusion is already running that must be turn off be for the update can happen.Where do I find the screen they are talking about and how do I turn it off? Thank you Al Greenslade
Feb 9, 2008  • #7
Jon Tackabury (BFS)'s profile on
Alan greenslade: Look for the DisplayFusion icon in the system tray, right-click on it and select "Exit". If this doesn't work open Task Manager and look for a process called "DisplayFusion.exe" and end it.
Feb 9, 2008  • #8
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I use a tablet notebook and regularily change the screen orientation between 1280x800 and 800x1280 e.g. rotating 90 degrees. Could DisplayFusion be used to automatically select a specified image (or set of images) when it detects a change in orientation/resolution?
Feb 11, 2008  • #9
Jon Tackabury (BFS)'s profile on
Tim: I don't think I would be able to add this functionality without some form of display profiles. I have this as something to play with in the future though, but not something for immediate inclusion.
Feb 13, 2008  • #10
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I think DisplayFusion is great. It's just what I wanted, so easy to use, and works perfectly. Well done.

I would love it if I could add visible items, which I could drag around to reposition on my desktops eg post it notes, to do lists and even pictures.

A 'safe mode' function of the system tray, which restores the default images, would also be handy

But it is great as it is.
Feb 14, 2008  • #11
Jon Tackabury (BFS)'s profile on
Richard: Your todo list suggestion sounds a lot like Yahoo Widgets, something that DisplayFusion isn't able to do. For your reset idea, v2.0.2 will have a "restore defaults" button that will allow you to restore default settings when applying a custom wallpaper.
Feb 17, 2008  • #12
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Hi, Great product! Was wondering if one could set it so certain programs (or even better pre-determined webpages) would open on predetermined screens. For example, if I open google, I would like it to open on monitor 1, if I open a different IE page, I would like it to open on monitor2, any other program, always on monitor3, etc...
Jul 15, 2008  • #13
Jon Tackabury (BFS)'s profile on
Vincent: Sorry, this has been asked before in the forums and I think it is a feature that is currently out of the scope of what DisplayFusion is designed to do.
Jul 16, 2008  • #14
2 discussion posts
Hi, great product. I have noticed that when set to automatically change the wallpaper on monitor 2, and to have just one wallpaper on monitor 1,that monitor 1 screen flickers when it changes. Is there anything i can do to stop this?
Aug 29, 2008  • #15
Jon Tackabury (BFS)'s profile on
Leica: Unfortunately not - that is the way Windows sets the wallpaper for some reason.
Aug 29, 2008  • #16
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Thought as much, never mind still looks good, got a 32" lcd tv as second monitor, set the wallpaper to change every minute, hows that for a digital photoframe.
This has got to be one of the best apps i have. Thanks.
Aug 30, 2008  • #17
1 discussion post
I've been looking for this! Just downloaded the free one for now to see how
it works. I'm using 4 displays and 2 8800 GT. DF control panel shows them
correctly but not the displays? Trying to set each one different. I'm getting
3 of the 4 photos on 3 displays and all 4 on the last display...and they blend into the other displays instead of one on each display. Am I doing something wrong? Can anybody help? My NVIDIA control panel has this option
of setting each display different...come to find out that XP supported it,
but was droped by vista! So! I need this software!

Also wanted to answer a question for Vincent's post on July 15th 2008. My Vista Ultimate 64-bit will do what your asking! So does my NVIDIA control
panel. I've got mine set up that way. You can set web sites, WMP, WMC and
anything else to open on a predetemined display. I don't know if other version of vista do this...but Ultimate does.

However, I need some help to get DF to work right...can anybody help?

Aug 30, 2008  • #18
Jon Tackabury (BFS)'s profile on
Tim: I received your email with your pictures and I am working on a solution for the next version. Expect an email from me shortly.
Sep 1, 2008  • #19
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Great application! I just began testing Vista 64 for our company and was appalled to find that the NVIDIA drivers do not have NVIEW Desktop Manager in the 64 bit version. We all use dual monitors, so things were looking grim.

I have a couple of ideas, but they may be outside the scope of this app.

One: Can DisplayFusion be coded to allow the taskbar to span all the configured monitors? We commonly get a lot of open windows, and the space would be nice.

Two: Can you add Dream (active backgrounds) support for DisplayFusion? It is an MPEG2 video format that runs as a wallpaper, but the DreamScene and DeskScapes apps that use that format do not support wallpaper spanning across multiple monitors....just mirroring.

Sep 23, 2008  • #20
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OwenW: I am working on your first request, but it is nowhere near ready for primetime yet. For your second request, it is something I have on my wishlist, but not something I have looked into yet.
Sep 27, 2008  • #21
1 discussion post
Great program. use it on all my computers. I noticed you have some hot keys that do various stuff. i don't use any of them but there is one hot key that i would use. I'd like one that changes the background to the next image. instead of having to right click on the the icon and press "Goto Next Image", i would just have to press the hot key.(btw. is Goto a typo?)

Sep 28, 2008  • #22
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@Ryan: The hotkey is coming in the next version of DisplayFusion (v2.3), and yes - "goto" is a typo. I've corrected it in v2.2 which was just released today.
Oct 28, 2008  • #23
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Could you give an option to turn off the 'Do you really want to set this as your wallpaper' option?

Thanks for including the ability to disable the automatic update checks by the way. My roaming laptop thanks you too.
Nov 23, 2008  • #24
1 discussion post
Great product. Excellent product in fact - all around. However i was just wondering about one thing. Is displayfusion able to include where the sound comes out of when monitors change. Example: i have my computer monitor and tv. When i switch primaries, would there be a way for me to include the appropriate 'sound out' automatically?
May 27, 2012  • #25
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on
@BT: Glad to hear it! It's not currently possible, but if we're able to include it in the future, we'll be sure to let you know.
May 28, 2012  • #26
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