How do I set up and use the the multi-user facility in Openlab?

Technical Note: 93
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Creation Date: 07/04/2000
Modification Date: 12/02/2004

In Mac OS X it is preferable to use the system's multiple users feature rather than Openlab's multiple users feature. The system provides each user with their own system-wide desktop and settings.

If you do wish to use the Openlab multi-user facility, it is set up in the Openlab Preferences dialogue:

  • Select "Preferences.." from the "Edit" or "Openlab" menu.
  • In the "Openlab Preferences" dialog, select "Administration" from the list of icons.
  • Click on the "Unlock" button and enter the name of the registered owner or administrator and the Organisation name.
  • Use the "Set Password" button to enter and verify your password.
  • If you wish to set up multi-users with a password, check the "Enable multi-users log-in", then select "User Log-in" from the list of icons.
  • Select "New User", enter a user name and verify a password for that user.

This can be done for a number of users (or groups). Ensure that all of the passwords entered are noted and remembered - case is important! Click on "Save" and then quit Openlab to activate the preference changes.

When you re-start Openlab users will be asked to select their multi-user name and password. Each user will now have a their own folder in the Openlab folder on the hard disk and their own folder in the Openlab Prefs folder.

Quit the software and find the Openlab folder on the HD. Make a copy of the "Openlab Modules" folder and the "Disabled Modules" folder for each user. Drag the one copy of these two folders into every users’ folder. Each user can now configure the modules to meet their own needs and preferences – a user may, for example, wish to load only certain modules when starting the program. Alternatively, you may wish to limit access to parts of the program by placing only certain modules in each users’ folder.