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Re: switching between versions 7 and 8

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  • Subject: [mg114878] Re: switching between versions 7 and 8
  • From: "Vivek J. Joshi" <vivekj at>
  • Date: Tue, 21 Dec 2010 00:19:28 -0500 (EST)
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You could always rename file for version 7 and 8 


Version 7.0 ->

Version 8.0 ->

You can put both the installations in Applications or create a sub 
directory "Applications/Mathematica/" and put everything in one place. I 
have all the Mathematica installs starting from version 5 in one 

Another useful trick I use is to use version specific FE preferences. 
This way I can maintain multiple init.m files. Just incase of some weird 
version specific FE corruption of init.m file my other Mathematica 
installs are not affected and  specifically on Mac this was the only way 
I found I could run Mathematica version 5.

In Version 8.0 you could goto,

Mathematica >> Preferences >> System >> (Check the box under "System 
Settings"-> Create and maintain version specific front end preferences.)

Hope this helps,

Vivek J. Joshi

On Dec 19, 2010, at 11:39 PM, richard i pelletier wrote:

> hi,
> i have seen, from a couple of posts over the years, that this is 
> and elementary to many of you, but i could really use a little
> hand-holding. (I have never seen an answer that i could put into 
> can someone please tell me _exactly_ how to set up two versions of
> mathematica so that i can run either one -- not simultaneously --,
> without having to go change the names of folders?
> i am running version 7 on mac OS 10.6.5 -- i.e. snow leopard. i have

> downloaded version 8. all i want is to be able to run version 8, quit

> it, and then run version 7, quit it, and then run version 8, etc.
> thanks,
> rip
> --
> email address is r i p 1 AT c o m c a s t DOT n e t

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