Audacity struggles with multiple desktops

So if I have multiple desktops open and I’m trying to switch between them, Audacity refuses to stay in the desktop window in which I left it. As in…

Desktop 1 has iMovie running. Desktop 2 has Audacity running. If I’m on Desktop to and try to view Desktop 1, Audacity pops up as the foremost program. This happens no matter how many desktops windows are open.

Not exactly a game-breaking issue (if I select another program window, Audacity returns to the background), but I’d like to be able to keep the program where I left it. I’ve noticed similar problems with Firefox as well, for what it’s worth.

Any solutions? Or has anyone found a way to let Audacity take advantage of OS X Lion’s full screen capabilities?

Running: OS X 10.7.5 (Lion), Audacity from dmg (I think)

Audacity is not a multi-tasking, multi-user program (someone will correct me). It depends on tight integration between the program, the input/output layer and storage. It’s the reason Audacity has problems working over a network. Sometimes you can force it, but the delays and discontinuities kill you.

We’re perfectly pleased running on one simple computer at a time.


I think you misunderstand me.

I mean “multiple desktops” as in desktop windows. OS X Lion is capable of creating multiple “desktop windows”…think of them like browser tabs, but for your desktop.
I’m only using one computer and I’m not trying to use Audacity on a network.

For what it’s worth, this does not seem to be a problem on Linux.

Desktop 1 has iMovie running.

…and we assume using the sound channels? I bet that’s where the conflict is. Koz

Would using the sound channels really make Audacity the foremost program on each window? I’m not sure how they’re related. Most other programs (that aren’t full-screened) stay in the Desktop Window they’re left in when you view a different one.

Also, confirmed: Audacity inserts itself on multiple windows regardless of the number of other programs running. Watch the linked video for an example of what I’m talking about.

Does this help?

YES. Problem solved. Can’t believe I didn’t look there before. Thank you!!!