Download ver 3.2.3 w/o overwriting old ver

I am using Mac 10.14.6 Mojave to run Audacity ver 2.3.3. I have some incomplete projects (.aup) on the old 2.3.3 version. Is there a way to download the 3.2.3 version on the same computer, to start new projects, without overwriting the old 2.3.3 version? (without setting up partitions, etc.) This would allow work to continue to completion on the old projects while starting new projects on ver 3.2.3.

Rename your current Audacity to “Audacity 233” or similar. Then just install Audacity 3.2.3.

Note that there are a number of incompatibilities in the settings between the two versions. Opening 3.2.3 will reset some of your toolbar positions, so it can be annoying switching between the two versions. To avoid this …

  1. Right-click on Audacity 3.2.3 and select “Show Package Contents”
  2. Double-click the “Contents” folder to open it
  3. Create a new folder inside the “Contents” folder and name it “Portable Settings”
  4. Return to the Applications folder.

You will lose any custom settings you’ve made in version 2.3.3 (such as custom keyboard short-cuts, plug-in presets).

The first time you run version 3.2.3 it will scan your plug-ins.

When it’s time to retire version 2.3.3 you can go into the “Contents” folder of version 3.2.3 and delete the “Portable Settings” folder.

– Bill