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Pivot Pro - A New Twist on Computer Displays

by Alan German

In the good old days, when I used to read PC Magazine from cover to cover, I seem to recall seeing advertisements for pivoting CRT monitors.  Using my word processing software with a standard monochrome monitor in landscape mode, I could only ever see part of the page I was working on, and I  drooled at the thought of being able to spin the screen through 90 degrees and display the entire page.  Well, now, with LCD monitor technology, and a copy of Pivot Pro, I can do exactly that, and it's great!

Once installed, Pivot Pro's icon is visible in the task bar and actuating the program provides options to rotate the display to 0, 90, 180, or 270 degrees.  Selecting the 90 degree option instantly switches the screen into portrait mode.

Rotate the screen to the vertical and Microsoft Word, running on a 17-inch LCD monitor (1280 x 1024 resolution), can now display a full page of text at pretty much full (8.5x11") size.  Similarly, one can view full pages of OPCUG's newsletter using Adobe's Acrobat Reader (see figure).  And, with Internet Explorer, you can view more of your favourite web site without having to scroll down the page.

Pivot Pro works with the Windows 98 SE, 2000, NT 4.0, ME, and XP operating systems, and with Internet Explorer 5.0 as a web browser.  All major brands of graphic cards are supported (check the web site for details), and there no limitation on supported resolution or refresh rate.

If you have a pivoting LCD monitor (or are prepared to stand your fixed monitor on its side!), Pivot Pro may just be the driver you have been looking for.  A number of computing tasks are just so much easier when you can view information in a more convenient format.

Bottom Line:

Pivot Pro (Proprietary)
Portrait Displays, Inc
US $ 39.95 (download)
Free 30-day trial version

Originally published: June, 2004

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