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There have been a a couple requests (here and here) at Axiotron's forum for a way to simplify navigation between the Modbook and an attached monitor. Occasionally, one wants to take advantage of the higher resolution and brighter screen of a external display and use the Modbook like a Bamboo tablet to interact with the external display. As things stand, this can be done, but it is not very convenient. And it is particularly cumbersome if you need to switch back and forth between the Modbook and external display. In response, I've built an AppleScript to address this issue. It is not perfect and is a touch slow, but it does the job.
There are basically two ways to switch the displays that the Modbook digitizer (the tablet) controls. Using the "Calibrate" tab of the Pen Tablet pane in System Preferences, one can use a drop-down box for switching displays.
Alternatively, one can use the "Arrangement" tab of the Displays pane to change the primary display. By moving the image of the menu bar from one display to the other.
The AppleScript applet (zip-file below) uses the first approach (since I don't know how to script the second). Unfortunately, that means when you switch to the external display you will not have access to the menu bar.
The script is very easy to use. After you connect an external display to your Modbook, running the script once will switch to mouse mode allowing you to navigate to the external display. Once there, if you run the script again, you will be able to control the new display using the Modbook as a tablet. Running the script yet again, switches back to mouse mode, and you can navigate back to the Modbook. Then a fourth running of the script returns everything back to normal.
Download: SwitchTabletDisplay.zip [Updated June 27, 2010]
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