If you right click on the Second Monitor icon, monitor icon with a 2 in it, there is an option to Lock in Loupe view.
Thanks, JSM, but that is not what I am talking about. That just locks the current image to the second monitor, so if you click on something else in LR it stays there.
The issue I am concerned with is, I want the image (well really the whole window, regardless of image) to STAY on the second monitor when you click on another app, minimize, etc.
It would appear that LR will not do this, which to me is a bug really. All my other apps don't do this.
Thanks anyway though.
I use Lightroom on my main screen, and then my secondary monitor (actually my third monitor in my case) to display the preview image (Loupe). However, sometimes I want to (or need to) display that image on my secondary monitor, but switch to another app. However, if you switch to another app (or minimize of course), Lightroom removes the image.
I don't have a dual-display setup to test this, but worth a try.
Instead of using 'Minimize' what happens if you use 'Restore down' to window LR. The LR window size and location settings are "sticky so you should be able to use 'Restore Down' and 'Maximize' with another application on the same monitor and LR Secondary on the 2nd monitor. Does that work?
I've tried every combination of 2nd window Fullscreen or not and restore down or not, and the secondary window always disappears when LR loses focus. I'd call it a lousy design. I think the OP is pretty much out of luck unless he can convince Adobe to change things: Community-powered support for Photoshop Family
Thanks Todd for the suggestion, but yeah ... as Hal did, I tried everything.
Hal, thanks for confirming. And yes, lousy design for sure ... really inexplicable/confounding design. I mean, if I want that image off my second monitor I could just minimize it. Why basically "force a minimize" when one is not called for or desired?
Is it possible this is some oversight/leftover from a Mac OS perspective? I mean I have seen some really dumb things in the past because it was designed around OS features or limitations on the Mac ... but that was a LONG time ago.
One thing comes to mind, and drove me nuts when I had to use them, but Macs simply don't (or didn't) have a minimize all command (WIN+M). I'm sure they have a show-desktop at the very least these days, so I wouldn't think this would be the case. Sorry, just grasping at straws.
Does Aperture, Capture One, or any of the other raw editors have this capability? I think the issue may be the need to run two LR instances from the same catalog database file:
At the very least running two instances is going to drop LR's performance.
I don't own either of those ... but I know all my other apps (including XnView) do not behave this way at all. I actually WISH After Effects would, as normally I DON'T want it's other windows to remain on screen when I do something else. Or at least be an option ... because I just thought of instance where I DO want it to stay on screen.