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As someone may have said earlier, it is possible to have multiple instances of one application running parallell. Example: Remote Desktop Connection from Microsoft; if you copy the application, you can run several termserv sessions at the same time (as described in this hint).

Another example: Stuffit Expander. You ever get tired of waiting for that huge stuffed .dmg file to expand, and wish you could expand something else at the same time? Just copy Stuffit Expander, give it a smart name (StuffitExpander 2), and put it in the dock. Then all you have to do is drop the archives you want on it, and watch them expand at the same time as other archives.

I could imagine that there are a huge number of other applications that this could be usful for.

[robg adds: I've used the Stuffit trick for quite a while, but I don't think that trick has been documented here before. Between this hint and the original Microsoft Remote Desktop hint, I consider the subject of multiple applications sufficiently covered -- if you have other apps that benefit from running multiple instances, please post them in the comments to either existing hint.]
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Run multiple Expanders to multi-task archive expansion
Authored by: erikzred on Apr 28, '03 10:35:30AM

I have been using this trick for some time with Toast. I occasionally have a need to burn lots of CDs quickly so I have multiple Toasts burning to multiple drives simultaneously. Works GREAT!



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Run multiple Expanders to multi-task archive expansion
Authored by: Hes Nikke on Apr 28, '03 10:43:18AM

i used to run multiple instances of DiskCopy (back on Puma) and that worked well, however, now that it does mutiple mounts at once i don't need to worry about it :D

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Run multiple Expanders to multi-task archive expansion
Authored by: elmimmo on Apr 28, '03 02:45:05PM

As pointed out in this thread at macosxhints.com's forums it is not necessary to have multiple copies of an application to open multiple instances.

To launch as many instances as desired of a cocoa application, for example TextEdit, type in the terminal, as many times as needed: /Applications/TextEdit.app/Contents/MacOS/TextEdit &

To launch an application that does not have such a file, i.e. certain carbon apps, type in the terminal: /System/Library/Frameworks/Carbon.framework/Versions/Current/Support/LaunchCFMApp '/path/to/some/application'

I guess it wouldn't take much of a trouble for anyone experienced with AppleScript to create a droplet that would launch a new instance of whatever application using that info.



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Run multiple Expanders to multi-task archive expansion
Authored by: elmimmo on Apr 28, '03 02:48:23PM
Uh... now that I think of it you might need to prepend sudo -u yourusernamehere in both cases for the hint to take effect. I am using my Windows PC right now so I cannot check it :-p

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Run multiple Expanders to multi-task archive expansion
Authored by: elmimmo on Apr 28, '03 02:54:57PM

Ouch, and I forgot to add the & at the end of the command for carbon apps. Leaving that out makes that Terminal window unusable until you exit the launched instance. Just look at how it is written in the hint for cocoa apps and do the same.

Ok... just like this (without linebreaks) :
sudo -u yourusernamehere /System/Library/Frameworks/Carbon.framework/Versions/Current/Support/LaunchCFMApp '/Applications/Nameofyourapplication' &



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Run multiple Expanders to multi-task archive expansion
Authored by: syko on Apr 29, '03 03:00:01AM

Back in the day of Rhapsody, you could option command double click or something like that, and it would automatically open up multiple instances of the application (:

ahhhhhhhhhh, the good old days of Rhapsody running on my old 8500......



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