Query about installing multiple copies of apps

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by GavinT, Jul 9, 2006.

  1. GavinT macrumors member

    Hi folks.
    First up, finally made the switch, and am now the owner of a brand new MBP 17in (2Gb RAM, 7200rpm 100GbHD). :cool:

    As soon as I got it, reinstalled OS X (clean one), to get rid of stuff I don't need (only kept the Canon Print Drivers, and English+Japanese language only, dumped French, German etc etc).

    So, at the moment, I'm in the process of installing apps etc that I think I'll need... which leads onto my question.

    The Apple supplied Apps are multi-lingual as well as a few 3rd party ones. However, I've noticed that sometimes some 3rd party applications are mono-lingual. So, for example (such as with Firefox I think), you either download the English Firefox, or you download the Japanese Firefox. (For what it's worth, I'm going to get Camino now, rather than Firefox, but anyway).

    In those situations, where there are two seperate installation files/dmgs/whatever for each language, what would be the best way to install both versions? Basically, I want to install a Japanese version of something for my wife's user account. Is there a specific place I should put them instead. Or, should I just create a 'Japanese' subfolder in the Application directory, and install into there instead of the root Application folder.

  2. kretzy macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2004
    Canberra, Australia
    Have you tried installing both of the English and Japanese versions into the main applications folder? If they both install separately, I can't see it being a problem.
  3. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    If they have the same name (FireFox.app) that won't work. Normal OSX software would allow you to add a language to it. Not sure about FireFox...
  4. joeops57 macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2006
    In a cardboard box outside McDonalds
    Wouldn't he be able to edit the name of one of the apps to be different from the default to allow both to coexists?


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