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I am switching from windows to a mac and having trouble organizing multiple application "windows" on the mac. I am trying to run Dreamweaver and Photoshop on the same screen. When I use Dreamweaver under windows, i set up my workspace but the whole program is encapsulated in a bounded window. So when I run another application, I can put that in its own window and run them side by side on a large screen monitor.

However, when I run Dreamweaver on the mac, i can't see how I can "encapsulate" all of the panels and doc window inside one object so that I can move the whole "window" to one side and open another window with a different application in it.

Maybe it is different on the mac, but I am wondering how to run two application in side by side windows together so that I can see all of an application - including the doc window, the toolbars, the panels in one "object" so that I an easily see and copy and paste items from one program "window" to the other.

Any advice would be appreciated.

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Have a read through this article on Mission Control and Spaces carefully and see if it solves your problem.

http://www.macworld.com/article/2021488/about-mission-control.html

"Spaces" lets you have multiple desktops for multiple applications. You could put Dreamweaver in one "space" and Photoshop in another. Then you can switch between them using spaces.

If you have multi-touch gestures enabled on your touchpad you can change spaces with a four finger swipe of the touchpad.
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strung,

Thanks, I read that but I don't think it does what I'm looking for. Basically I would like to open Dreamweaver in one finder window, and Photoshop in another finder window, so that I can place them side-by-side and copy and paste between the two.

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Hi strung,

I read through your latest link and it still doesn't answer my question. I'm beginning to think that the Mac OS doesn't support opening applications in different Finder windows. Given that, I wonder how  you can use one application in one monitor, and another in a different monitor on a dual monitor system. I understand that, e.g., you can place the document window on one screen and  have you tools in the other, but how would you use Dreamweaver on one monitor and Photoshop in the other? I can't see how the Mac OS handles this.

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You are right that the Mac doesn't support different finder windows for applications.

Really, that is what spaces are for and you might find it works if you try it. It should be easier than moving windows around. All of your Dreamweaver stuff would be in one space (desktop) so you would not see clutter from other applications when working in DW. Similarly all your photoshop stuff would be in another space. When you want to copy and paste, copy what you want from Dreamweaver, switch to the Photoshop space by a four finger swipe and paste. Should be easier than moving windows around.

It wouldn't hurt to give it a try.

If you have two monitors, you can set the desk top to spread across the two monitors.
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You may find spaces works better than multiple finder windows because each application gets to use the full screen.
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Let us know if you find that spaces solves your problem.
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I'm using Mountain Lion so I think it has Mission Control, but no spaces, but that should also work. How do you put the Dreamweaver "space" on one monitor and the Photoshop "space" on another monitor?

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That is explained in quite some detail in the link in my first message, on the second page. Tells you how to use mission control to create spaces and how to assign specific applications to each space.

Here is the link again:

http://www.macworld.com/article/2021488/about-mission-control.html
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Thanks!
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I wil be interested to hear if that meets your needs.
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Testing it out now. I will let you know.

One thing that I would think might be useful. When I create a new space for Dreamweaver, the background is still cluttered because it has all of my Desktop icons there. It would be nice if creating a new space, zero-ed out the desktop so it didn't look so confusing. I suppose I could manually go into that space and remove everything from the desktop. If I did this though, would it remove the icons from the other "spaces"/"desktops" as well?

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Removing the icons from one space removes them from all. Don't know how you would do that on space-by-space basis.
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Thanks,

I just figured that out as well.

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