Windows is Windows and Mac is Mac. From what I know you can only run 1 instance of FMP.exe, but you could always have one FileMaker Pro Advanced and one FileMaker Pro, that is what I am running on my virtual machine Windows machine (VmWare) on my Mac. Since I am on a Mac I can run Windows and Mac at the same time and just switch between Mac and PC when I am testing. Very time saving and also perfect since different tools tens to work better in different OS
"I'm talking about opening two separate instances of the application itself."
You can't do this. Period. Mac or Windows. Your description of Mac behavior is not correct.
You CAN (as Johan says) install FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Pro Advanced; or FileMaker 14 and FileMaker 15; etc.
Well so it is. I stand corrected.
As an additional benefit/feature/bug, the FileMaker Server sees it a part of the other instance, so it doesn't complain if you're using a copy of FMP or FMPA with an individual license code. I am logged into the same files on the same server twice from a Mac, and it only shows 1 connection.
When I install FMP on the machine I have FMPA installed on, anytime I try to open a FMP file it defaults to FMPA. Even if I try opening FMP directly from the Program Files directory, it opens FMPA instead.
Any idea on why it would do this?
My goal is simple:
Have one solution open with the manage database window open to view relationships/fields/tables
Have another different solution open with the manage database window open to view relationships/fields/table so that I can cross reference between the two solutions.
This really isn't an advanced feature, I don't see the need to have the manage database window lock up the application so you can only work in it until you close that window.