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#1 John F. Hart

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 04:04 PM

Can I place Accordance 9.6 or 10 (and necessary files) on a flash drive and run it on another computer? This may be convenient for me in a certain situation when I must use another Mac other than my own. If it can work, how do I do this?
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Posted 06 September 2012 - 04:19 PM

John - Consider one of these drives (I have two I use alternately for TimeMachine).

http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/on-the-go

Install OS 10 on it, then Accordance. You could boot up from that drive on another Mac and run everything from it, I think. This drive has the advantage of being bus-powered, compact, and nearly silent. It's not as compact as a flash drive, but you can boot from it, and I think that is what you're going to have to do to run Accordance.

I have never heard of anyone running an OS 10 application without actually installing it on the system. If I'm wrong about this, one of the true geeks will get it right for us.

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#3 John F. Hart

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 04:49 PM

Grateful. The drives look very good. That might be the solution, and I could use another backup drive anyway. I'll see if anyone else gives some advice.
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Posted 06 September 2012 - 04:59 PM

You can set up Accordance to use an external hard drive for its contents, but its tricky. To detail it, there are 4 file locations to be aware of:

1) Accordance.app. This is installed to the Applications folder, but can easily reside anywhere, including your flash drive.
2) Library/Application Support/Accordance. This is the main content of Accordance, and the program looks for it in either /Library or ~/Library. This can be hosted on an external drive, but needs to be symbolically linked there. Its not hard to do symlinks if you know what to do, but it has to be set up on the system, so this might be a deal-killer for you.
3) ~/Documents/Accordance Files. This is where highlights, user notes, and other user content is usually saved and read. Its not as important to a working Accordance install, but will need to be symlinked as well if you need it.
4) ~/Library/Preferences/Accordance Preferences. These are all of your user defaults that will again need to be symlinked to be read by Accordance.

So, the only way I can think of setting it up for mobile usage is by a very intrepid user. A user that runs a little script that creates these symlinks to the folders on the flash drive, that then clears them up afterwards. Its not easy, but it is possible. Hope this helps!
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Posted 06 September 2012 - 06:13 PM

Hey Joel, could we make these paths user definable? (perhaps the way iTunes/iPhoto do for the Libraries)

I have had all sorts of problems with symlinked directories and ended up reverting to plain directories. But to be able to select where your documents go, and (with perhaps an extra hurdle) to select where your library is would be sometimes quite useful - as evidenced above.

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#6 John F. Hart

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 07:23 AM

All of this is helpful! I might go with the external drive, but first try some of Joel's set up. I'm not the "intrepid" user he mentioned. :)
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