Type of Program: MultiMonitor Enhancement
Supported Platforms: Windows 2000/2003/XP/Vista
Company Name: Bartels Media
Version: 3.026
Price: $29.95
Installed Size: 4.6 Mb


The installation of MaxiVista is easy and intuitive. You can place the program files where you want them. Warning: To use MaxiVista you must have your secondary PC located on a network that also connects to the primary PC.

Ok lets get some things straight right out of the chute. First of all I'm an un-abashed lover and supporter of MaxiVista. I have been using it for some years. Second I did for this Review not use the downloadable Demo version. I used the brand spanking new full version Pro 3. For you guys here are the limitations of the demo version:

The demo version is based on the MaxiVista Pro Edition with following restrictions:

The demo version runs for 14 days after first installation or 50 program launches
The Mirroring feature and support of multiple monitors is not included in the demo version. You can get an idea about the Mirroring performance anyway as it is equal to the performance of the extended screen
Only one installation of the demo version is possible in a network group. The full versions allows unlimited amount of installations within a network group
Only one extended screen is supported (The Pro/Mirror Pro Edition support up to 3 monitors or 3 secondary PCs)
The demo includes a splash screen and demo background window which is both removed in the full versions

Now that we have that cleared up lets get down to it. First of all when you do the installation there are going to be a number of things happening. the first thing is that you have to pick how many extra computers you are going to install MaxiVista to. Next thing is MaxiVista is going to figure out what you are currently using for video card(s), monitor(s) and firewall. So expect some screens to be going on and off and your firewall asking about permissions. At the end of this time MaxiVista will tell you which firewall you are using and offer to show you more information.

The first time you run MaxiVista it will create a small viewer program that you must copy to the secondary computer. Then to use MaxiVista you run the viewer program on the secondary PC and the MaxiVista server program on the primary PC.

I gotta tell you this part. My Network Sucks Big Time! I haven't been able to transfer files across this network for years. I have tried all of the network diagnostics and all of the software that purports to solve this problem. Nothing worked. Why am I bringing this up? Because I'm going to tell you that MaxiVista figured out it's way across my network in less time than it takes to type this. And that is without any intervention from me. However if you do have ANY problems the MaxiVista support is second to none.

Ok I know I'm going on and on. So lets take a look at why use the newest version of MaxiVista. It's really simple it has added some features, plus best of all it is faster. In case you are wondering why to use MaxiVista in the first place that is a no-brainer. You use MaxiVista to get an extra monitor out of your laptop or for that matter any other older PC you have laying around (you can use the viewer program on a computer running Win 98).

Ok I just have to mention one more thing. With MaxiVista you can also in most cases hook up another monitor to the secondary PC and run 4 monitors. (Actually you can even add much more but I just had to get you excited).

I Love MaxiVista!

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Reviewed by Joe Tex

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