I can only open 1 .vp file at a time on my Mac

Dravium shared this problem 7 years ago
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I need to open 2 files to compare, copy/paste, etc. but Justinmind closes the first file when I try to open a second. I can't imagine this is a limitation - is there a setting somewhere that will allow me to open multiple files at once?


Macbook Pro, OSX 10.6.8


Thanks,


Dave

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Same here, I would really love to work on 2 files at once. I now have to export and import all pages from one vp file to another... a lot of unnecessary work if I could have opened the 2 files at once and copy/paste widgets and elements in between.

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You can open multiple files in Windows just by double-clicking on the .vp files. Mac opens the same Prototyper instead. We are in our way to fix it but meanwhile you can use this clunky workaround:


- Copy your Justinmind Prototyper app with another name.


- Open the first .vp as you always do


- In Finder, press ctrl+click in the other .vp file and select Open with > (the name of the Prototyper app copied).


That way you will have two Prototypers with a prototype open each. Again, sorry for this bug.

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It worked! Thanks Victor! I look forward to the fix, but in the meantime this is waaaaay better that what we've had to do.

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I'm glad to hear that but, anyway, we will work hard to fix it asap.

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On a PC, if I use File > Open within JIM, it still only allows me to open 1 file at a time. I have to actually go find the file and open a new version of JIM to have 2 files open at once. (other programs let you use File > Open within the program to open more than 1 file at a time)

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Yes, it should work the way you say Amanda. Sadly it was a mistake we made very early at the product and now it's hard to fix it. That doesn't mean we won't change it but you will have to be patience.

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hi Victor,


I note that you mentioned there may be some development on this to get the Prototyper to open multiple files 10 months ago. Do you have any further information on this?


Thanks

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This feature has been delayed because of the new features we wanted to add in the new version 5.0 . I hope we can add this feature next year.

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Any ETA Q1, 2, 3 or 4?

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I'm really sorry to say this but there is no ETA for this feature yet.

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Mac users are still waiting for this feature. Is there any actual chance it'll be implemented?

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What I do to open 2 prototyper files at the same time on my mac is:


Open the Terminal console and type this:


open -n /Applications/"justinmind.app"/


The system will open another prototyper program and you should be able to compare between them or even drag and drop elements from each other.


I hope this helps.


Thanks!


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You absolute genius!!

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Thank you Miguel. Do you know how I can create a shortcut to execute this action?

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Hi! I never used it bur i bet Automator and ApplescriptEditor should do this job for you. Keep us posted if you discover something interesting please. Thanks!

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As it turns out, a variation on Miguel's excellent answer can edit a specific prototype file in a fresh copy of Justinmind:


open -na /Applications/justinmind.app/ /path/to/prototype.vp


I turned that into an AppleScript thusly:


on open dropped_file


do shell script "open -na /Applications/Justinmind.app " & (POSIX path of dropped_file)


end open


The middle line, from "do shell script" through "dropped_file)" is one line, but it'll likely word-wrap in the AppleScript editor, Just make sure that any line breaks introduced by Justinmind's Community are taken out :-).


If you paste that into your AppleScript editor and save it as an application (I called mine "Justinminder.app"), then you can drop .vp files onto it, and they'll be opened in a fresh copy of Justinmind.


You can go crazy nuts and tell the Finder that you want all .vp files to be opened by your new "Justinminder.app", and then just double-clicking a .vp file will first open your new Applescript app, and then hand off to a fresh copy of Justinmind.

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[Updated 2014-11-21 — Now supports Prototype file names with spaces.] :-/


If anyone is interested (and if the Justinmind's Community admin permits it), I have uploaded an App-ified version of the droplet described above, with the added feature of being able to open a fresh copy of Justinmind even without dropping a .vp file, here:


Justinminder.app


This is the script that is encapsulated by the app:


on open dropped_file


do shell script "open -na /Applications/Justinmind.app "" & (POSIX path of dropped_file) & """


end open


on run


do shell script "open -n /Applications/Justinmind.app"


end run


The "on open dropped_file" clause lets the app launch Justinmind with a .vp file dropped on its icon.


The "on run" clause launches Justinmind by double-clicking the app.


(Slightly more) advanced users can make Justinminder the default application for .vp files. Then, double-clicking a .vp file will open it via Justinminder, which will, in turn, open it in a fresh copy of Justinmind.

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I'm also looking forward to this being fixed on the Mac.

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In the meanwhile, my little "Justinminder.app" above may help, @Eric.

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Thanks Dave

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Fixed in version 7