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There must have been times when you wished that you could be at two places or do two things at the same time. How about watching a YouTube video and working on your presentation at the same time? You could go for a dual monitor setup, or you can try Double Vision.

Double Vision is one of the best web browsers for this kind of thing – it lets you view and interact with two applications at the same time, without having to switch windows again and again. So, you could be working on your presentation and watching your favorite video or even better – a related tutorial at the same time. Technically, Double Vision is browser, however it has certain features that distinguish it from other browsers and make it perfect for these kinds of situation.

Browse to the website of your choice as you would do with any normal browser. Once there, click on the enter “Double Vision Mode”, the browser will turn translucent and here is the best part – you will be able to click through the browser’s window and interact with any other application underneath. Thus, you can continue working while you watch a video on YouTube, or you can follow along video tutorials and carry out the actions at the same time.

You do realise that you can use this to sneak a peak at YouTube while at work? So, what happens when someone comes to your computer? Well, hit Ctrl + Esc and the browser turns off the sound and disappears as though it was never there in the first place. Hit Ctrl + Esc again and it resurfaces.

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Being able to click through the browser window doesn’t take away your ability to control it. While in “Double Vision Mode”, Double Vision displays a tiny control Window that lets you play with transparency, move the window around etc. You can also press and hold the Ctrl + Alt key to restore the window to 100% opaqueness temporarily, interact and let them go to return back to the previous “Double Vision Mode” settings.

You can also watch videos stored locally using all the above features. Local videos are supported in Double Vision 2.0 which is a beta product, but you can try (remember to register or you will be denied access) to see if it works for you.

Do you know of similar applications that will let you overlay stuff on top of each other? Let us hear about them in the comments.

  1. prof
    July 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    Double Vision displays a tiny control Window that lets you play with transparency

  2. Scapegoat
    July 7, 2009 at 10:27 am

    pretty rad! Some apps were better to work in than others for sure while I 'Double Vizzed', and of course the videos I choose can often grab my attention away from what I am working on but I have to say, watching family guy and the daily show episodes all day while I am working made my Monday feel like a Friday. Not to mention I was still being productive...just randomly laughing out loud is all with headphones on, heh.

  3. me
    July 3, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    The problem of Web surfing at work is not that nobody sees you but that nobody tracks you.

    I work by myself but every movement I make in the computer is recorded and my boss gets a history of my surfing: what sites I went and how much time I spent on each of them.

    So, hit me back when you find a way to disconnect tracking.

    • blah
      July 4, 2009 at 11:02 am

      To disconnect tracking use SSH to tunnel out to your home PC, and set that as a proxy for firefox...

    • yeah
      July 4, 2009 at 1:19 pm

      "Mr. Blah, Why are you passing 30GB/day through port 22 to a dynamic IP?"

  4. shrapnel09
    July 3, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Saw this at Freewaregenius two weeks ago. Direct link.

  5. Nice!
    July 3, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    It's so kind of you to show and encourage people to do this and get fired in this time of high unemployment.

    Let's just hope that you also don't get a pink slip. Although, I'm willing to bet that there are a few people out there right now that would be more willing to do your job, better, for less money!

    Still feel like watching videos?

    • Andrew
      July 4, 2009 at 3:30 pm

      Don't you think your being a little over-dramatic?

      In this economy, if someone wants to risk being being fired from work for slacking off then let them. When they get fired they'll bring in someone who wont.

      He's not forcing anyone to try this. Christ, lighten up.

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