I’ve never been a loyal customer when it comes to graphic cards in my PC. If I remember correctly I went from an S3 card to a Matrox G100, a G200, a nVidia geForce 256, a cheap ATI card and now I’m back with nVidia. During all this the only real driver trouble I’ve had was with the Matrox cards, which could not render OpenGL games. But today I found out that nVidia’s Vista drivers do not feature nView.
nView is a set of tools that makes working with more than one display very convenient. It’s been part of nVidia’s drivers for ages, and allows you to quickly move an application to the other screen without having to restore down, drag and maximize the window. Also, nView allows you to zoom in, create multiple virtual desktops and tons of other great features. But not under Vista.
The main alternative is to use UltraMon. Although admittedly a great tool, I’d rather not pay $40 to get features that I would already have if I was still using XP. In fact, my entire dual-DVI display adapter cost me less than double what this small utility would set me back. If you’re using two displays with the same resolution, a free tool called MultiMon might work for you, but for me that’s not the case.
I’ve been scouring forums and such and it seems there no info on whether, and if so when, nView will return as part of nVidia’s driver package. I hope it will, and the sooner the better. Until then, and especially considering how ATI’s competing Hydravision utility also appears to be XP-only, this might be yet another reason to not upgrade to Vista just yet. In case you haven’t already.