I have two monitors, both widescreen. My second monitor is rotated so it is taller than wider (very useful for reading Word documents and .pdf's).
Quote: bout the only justification for PB's default layout of having all Tools in a low-height horizontal strip along the bottom is that truncation of Thought names is minimized by having the full width of the screen available. That might have been great when PB first came out, but in these days of cheap, wide monitors this is a definite liability. Vertical Tool panels docked to one side or other of the screen allow the maximum number of lines to be listed, whether in Reports or Notes. We need more than one built-in default layout (Forte Agent does this beautifully), and also user-definable, saveable, layouts to save us all this mucking around each time we need to vary our current configuration.
I keep PB always open on this monitor, and use a slight variation of the the default setup.
So there is a use for the default view.
Java SE 6