So for the last month I have been
super busy, working and had a need to open two instances of my Java IDE of choice Eclipse, but like some applications, there is no clear way to have two separate instances running at once.
To open a second instance of any applications on your Mac all you need to do is open the terminal navigate to the root applications folder
And issue the open command
open -n /<applicationName>
The man page for the command says that it does this
Open a file in its default application
The -n is used to open the file in a new instance of its application.
A word of warning forcing applications that are not designed to have multiple instances running, to have multiple instances running could result in odd side effects, for instance in eclipse each instance has to access a seperate workspace.
I don’t post this because it’s some ground shattering stuff, it is however a good place to start looking at the terminal and realising that it is not that scary.