Multi-Monitor Issues in Mavericks/Yosemite for ArtRage Studio / Studio Pro

Multi-Monitor Support in Mavericks

Important Note for OS X 10.9 Users:

Changes to the way multi-monitor support is handled in OS X 10.9 Mavericks mean that there is one issue that cannot be resolved internal to ArtRage at this point in time. Changes in 3.5.11 mean that there is one additional issue to consider outside those reported for 3.5.10.

In situations where you have more than one monitor on your computer, and the external monitor is set to be laid out to the right of the main monitor, and ArtRage is launched on the main monitor, panels that appear at the right hand side of the ArtRage window such as Layers and Swatches may not appear when opened.

We have been researching this and at this point it appears to be an OS level problem. There are three workarounds:

  1. Move the second monitor to the Left of the main monitor in your Monitor Layout (we understand that this is inconvenient if the physical monitor is to the right).
  2. Move the main ArtRage window to the Second monitor. Note that this may still result in the panels being invisible sometimes.
  3. Turn off ‘Displays have separate Spaces’ (see below).


10.9 introduces the concept that each Display has its own set of Spaces. This appears to be causing the problem with panels not being visible when opened. To turn this feature off, open up the Settings app from the Dock and in the Mission Control section turn off ‘Displays have separate Spaces’. This causes the different monitors to share the same space and allows panels to open correctly.

In addition, users with multiple monitors may find that panels disappear when dragged off the monitor ArtRage is on if:

  1. The monitor ArtRage is on is not the main monitor.
  2. The monitor is laid out to the right of the main monitor.
  3. ‘Displays have separate Spaces’ is turned on.


Panels should appear again after restarting but may vanish if moved again. To resolve this, please turn off Displays have Separate Spaces in the Mission Control section of the Settings panel (see above).

Please note: ArtRage 4 does not require this setting to be turned off and should work correctly in multi-monitor setups.


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