6 Replies Latest reply: Jun 15, 2012 10:27 AM by Grant Bennet-Alder
juin jack Level 1 (0 points)

Hi, I am planning to have a mac pro for my family but I am just wondering whether I can somehow configure a Mac so that I can do my photoshop editing on first display and my kid is playing her game on the other display? Your help is

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • X423424X Level 6 (14,215 points)



    Displays can be output from only one user of the computer at a time.

  • l_elephant Level 2 (375 points)

    is what your looking for is for each display to be used like a terminal, where you would have a keyboard and mouse, and your kid has theirs, but all on the same computer?

  • japamac Level 7 (24,390 points)

    Buy 2 iMacs instead.

  • juin jack Level 1 (0 points)

    Exactly, my kid is just 3 and I do not want to buy a saparate computer for her. However she always interrupt my work by playing her educative game on my MacPro. Please help.

  • japamac Level 7 (24,390 points)

    You want what isn't readily available for OS X.

    Here is a Linux solution:



    A similar, less specific/elegant, possibly problematic method in OS X is to use Vine in a VNC.

    http://web.archive.org/web/20080315050104/http://www.redstonesoftware.com/produc ts/vine/multidesktop.html


    Install Windows and run one virtual machine along side the main OS.



    Or, do what I did for my 2 daughters, and buy them each their own computers.

    They don't need the power that I do, so used G4's have been great.


    It doesn't help that much, time wise, as the questions, problems and "Help Me"s are still there.


    In the end, they just want attention, while Dad just wants to get his work done.


    That saga continues until they are teens, then Dad is just in the way.......

    and one commandeers Dad's dual boot i5 machine.....

    and the old OS is too slow/not compatible.....

    and I need this software.....



  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 9 (56,466 points)

    Kids games take a lot out of a computer. Kids games is what forced me to upgrade ALL my Macs from 68000 processors to PowerPC, then forced me again later to move to Intel Macs.


    The "entry-level" Mac is the Mac Mini, which I think of as a low-end portable-class machine without a display. An older MacBook (maybe a used one with a lousy battery) is also an option for kids.


    Your kid will be 3 years old for a very short time, then will have increasingly demanding computer needs. The life-cycle of each game is also remarkably short, as their development level changes very rapidly and the games cannot remain interesting for very long.


    You cannot win. The moment you think you have the problem solved, they will master the game, become bored with it, and abandon it. That is a good thing, because it indicates they have progress, but this becomes a never-ending battle to find worthwhile, engaging edu-tainment software.


    There are two basic classes of software -- pre-reading and reading. In the latter category, "ClueFinders" titles have proved very worthwhile in our house, but I am no longer sure what systems they run on, as they were 68000 and PowerPC programs when issued.