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I've been looking over this FAQ, and nvAlt and Rooswitch and all look pretty interesting, but everything that I've tried forces me to quit one Notational Velocity to open another... EVEN if I use rooSwitch. Is there anyway around this?

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I've been able to use Notational Velocity and nvALT at the same time as long as the notes have been stored in different folders. If they use the same folder, there's a dialog like this:

You could also make a copy of the application bundle and change the bundle identifier:

cp -R /Applications/Notational\ /Applications/; defaults write /Applications/ CFBundleIdentifier test.nv

The preferences of the new version are stored in ~/Library/Preferences/test.nv.plist, so you can use a different note folder for it.

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Thanks @Lri, this works perfectly with nvALT and Notational Velocity at once. So two Notational Velocities (or nvALTs) cannot be run simultaneously, even with rooSwitch (and making a copy of the app)? – Yar Oct 24 '11 at 0:06
@Yar rooSwitch isn't meant to be used with copies of the same application. It saves the currently selected profile as ~/Library/Preferences/<bundle identifier>.plist. – ؘؘؘؘ Oct 24 '11 at 1:13
That's amazing. Thanks @Lri. Now I 1) duped my Notational Velocity 2) changed the CFBundleIdentifier on the second one and 3) use a different note folder. Now I have two NVs running at once. Though... nvALT is looking pretty great too ;) – Yar Oct 24 '11 at 21:08
Thanks for the update, that's amazing and much cleaner than doing it by hand.… – Yar Oct 25 '11 at 16:06
Changing plists works with nvALT too – Yar Oct 28 '11 at 0:02

My solution is to run one instance of Notational Velocity and one instance of nvALT at the same time, each with it's own Dropbox-hosted directory for storing data. So, in Dropbox, I have /home/nvDATA/ and /work/nvDATA/.

I prefer nvALT to NV, so I, at work, I have nvALT pointed at the /work/nvDATA/ directory and NV pointed at the /home/nvDATA/ directory. On my home machines, I point nvALT at /home/nvDATA/ and NV at /work/nvDATA. That seems like it shouldn't work, but I haven't had any issues with it. This way, I get to use my preferred client in both contexts, but I still have access to my other data when I need it.

I could throw it all together and use tags, I guess. But I'm not a huge fan of tagging. The search engine in NV and nvALT is so good that using simple note naming prefixes gets me the data I need.

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I'm running two nvALTs at the same time.… – Yar Oct 31 '12 at 21:07
That looks like a nice solution. – jamesnotjim Nov 5 '12 at 11:51
even nicer when you realize that nvAlt does MultiMarkdown perfectly – Yar Nov 5 '12 at 15:06
Indeed. Loving the multimarkdown support. Makes it nice when I need to share some of the info I have in nvALT with others. Just preview in mm, copy and paste into an email. – jamesnotjim Nov 5 '12 at 23:08
I've used it (and, after that, Simplenote). I still have an account, but I fell out of love with the service. Not sure why. Good luck with it. I may check Evernote out again sometime. For now, I'm still loving nvALT. – jamesnotjim Dec 11 '12 at 19:30

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