2 documents in 1 screen side by side

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2 documents in 1 screen side by side

Post by YannZ » Wed Nov 06, 2019 12:06 am

I used Textmaker 2016 Professional for quite a while and it worked well for me. I open 2 of the same documents side-by-side in 1 window (see attached file Textmaker 2016) and could copy and past from one to the other. After a while they started to nag me that there was an update and that i could buy it for a reduced price. So i bought the update thinking it would be better. With the new version i can't open the 2 documents side-by-side in 1 window anymore. Instead it opens 2 windows side-by-side (see attached file Textmaker 2018) with each window with ribbon and all. When i finish working i have to close the 2 windows. Next time i open Textmaker 2018 it opens half the screen.
Is there a way to work the same way as in Textmaker 2016, with a tab for each document in 1 window, because now i don't use the new version and so i payed for nothing.
They always say "Don't fix what isn't broken" and if you do, make it better than the version before but not worse.

Thanks in advance.
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Re: 2 documents in 1 screen side by side

Post by martin-k » Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:29 am

TextMaker 2016 used old technology called MDI (multiple document interface) which is phased out by Microsoft. You can see this by the document title bars in Windows 7 style even though you use Windows 10.

TextMaker 2018 is actually more flexible than the old version. It allows you to:
- View documents either in tabs or in separate windows.
- Move documents anywhere on your screen (no longer restricted to the application window)
- Move documents to a second monitor (which you couldn't do at all before)
- Grab a tab and move it to undock it as a separate window, and the opposite
- Grab tabs and rearrange them in the tab bar

Give it a try and I hope you can see the advantages.
Martin Kotulla
SoftMaker Software GmbH

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