I have a video app (Adobe After Effects) that plays video compositions that I am working on, it also sends an audio signal out to my audio mixing app which I use to score my video comps and mix their audio, however running both apps at once causes a problem, as soon as I interact with my audio app, the focus switches away from my video app and playback stops Adobe have been un able to remedy this behaviour, even after days of research I have gotten no further, I guess this is a drawback of my OS?
It's very important to me that I can run and work with both of these apps simultaneously and I'm trying to find ways to do this, I have 8 gig of ram, a fast duel core processor and XP64, what are my options?
Can I somehow force both apps to remain in front and not to switch focus?
Would running two operating systems at once on the same pc allow the two apps to be interacted with, without interfering with each other?
Are there any other options open to me, perhaps using "Virtual machines" on my PC?
If there are any suggestions you guys can think of, that I can chase up, I'd be very grateful.