Talk:Running Multiple Viewers

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Post v1.20 - does the multiple option require two dashes, or does just one work as well? TaraLi Jie 03:59, 17 August 2009 (UTC)

  • A single dash still works for me on Windows and Mac but have heard problems from some people who claimed two did the trick — I need more information to confirm this. - Torley-favicon.png Torley on 2009-09-29 @ 4:29 PM PST

Distinguishing Multiple SL Instances when Task-Switching

Thanks to the Running Multiple Viewers page, I'm running up to four actor alts at once on a MacBook Pro, but switching between them is a bit hit-&-miss, because both the Dock and cmd+tab switching show four identical items: white-on-grey SL logo icons each called "Second Life":


What would be really useful would be, for instance, something like this:


I imagine these SL instances would be launched by double-clicking a similar item in the Finder, eg: called "SL - Samara Karfield" with a portrait icon, which would remember only that particular instance's login details.

Might there be a quick-n-dirty workaround to achieve some of this, ahead of it being made so by Linden coding experts?

Dalinian Bing 14:56, 1 October 2009 (UTC)

  • NICE mockup! VERY unlikely we (Linden Lab) would add this as it's an UNSUPPORTED feature as disclaimed. Still, if someone wants to Snowglobe or otherwise open-source-patch it — I'd like to know. - Torley-favicon.png Torley on 2009-10-05 @ 9:00 AM PST
  • Thanks, Torley - an image paints a thousand words. In practice, I've discovered a partial workaround: if the SL windows are minimised to the dock (yellow - button, LHS of the window's title bar), the dock displays a thumbnail image of the window's graphic content, by which the AV to which it belongs can usually be identified (with System Preferences > Dock > Magnification set to 'Max'), as illustrated below. Dalinian Bing 09:41, 7 October 2009 (UTC)


The easiest method is what I do: use different 3rd party viewers for each of your SL characters (yes, I am strange). If I wanted, I could just use candybar to customize their icons with the associated character's pic.

Another option (but I would need to work out the details). Possibly drag a script to the dock, each with a single-liner calling SL with your login credentials? [I have done that for multiple accounts before, it works] Then using something for a custom dock icon in each instance? That would leave you with both the script icons (with tooltips) and the dock icons - inefficient, but the script icons would be on the right of the dock's divider and SL on the left.Kara Spengler 18:30, 30 December 2009 (UTC)

Not working for me,

Single or Double Dash, when I add "-multiple" or "--multiple" to the end, after applying and exiting, I click on the shortcut and get a popup that Second Life is already running to check Task Manager. Am I required to restart my computer afterward?

  • Jaybiam, right? You don't need to restart but are all Second Life Viewers CLOSED before you add "--multiple"? - Torley-favicon.png Torley on 2009-10-05 @ 8:59 AM PST

Good Morning Torley, Um...i'm having the same problem. I've put both the -multipule and --multipule...but niether work. I keep getting a message that says, "Second Life found and error parding the command line. Please see: Error: Unknown option -m

I have all my windows closed...nothing is running except internet explorer.

2 Instances of SL Voice not working

I'm trying to run 2 viewers for the purposes of broadcasting, so I do need SL Voice enabled on both viewers, my PC handles 2 SL's running great, but I can't seem to get the 2nd viewer to enable voice. Is there anyone out there with a solution?

Multiple viewers running concurrently.

I too am having an issue with running two SL viewers at the same time. Mind you I'm running the newer SL viewer 2. All instances are closed down when the multiple is added. Big fan of yours Torley, keep up the good work!!