How can we improve Microsoft Visual Studio for Mac?

Allow me to open multiple copies of the app

I need to have more than one copy of Visual Studio open at once.

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  • Mike commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    you can do that unix syle:
    in terminal:
    cd /Applications/Visual\
    and then run it as the background process: e.g.:
    ./VisualStudio &

  • Dave Wood commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Note that the option 'Close current workspace' is missing from the current version (7.3.2 build 12), so you can no longer uncheck it. That was only a half measure anyway. Being able to open two solutions in two different windows (even having them on two different monitors), is key.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Others have mentioned unchecking current workspace.... several issues with this.

    1) This stupid simplistic toolbar doesn't give enough feedback to what I am running
    2) I don't want two separate solutions combined in a single workspace, they are separate for a reason
    3) How do you open multiple recent solutions with this ridiculous design?
    4) wtf Microsoft, seriously, this is what you came up with? I would figure someone at Microsoft actuallys uses Visual Studio, and knows how users use it?

    What a worthless product.... I was excited Visual Studio came out on a mac, no more RDP sessions into a VM to do my development, until I saw how much of a **** this thing is....

  • Jim Bennett commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    You can open multiple solutions at once - when you select a solution in the open dialog click the options button and uncheck 'Close current workspace'. Removes the need for multiple instances

  • Dan Siegel commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I shouldn't need to open a terminal or use a 3rd party solution. This is something that should be baked in just like it is with so many other applications.

  • Aaron LaBeau commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    You can also use an apple script to do this and make the apple script an app that you can put on the dock

  • robgibbens commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    You can run multiple copies on the Mac by opening a Terminal window and typing

    open -n "/Applications/Visual"

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