Why must the Project Properties dialog be modal?

Every time I want to copy settings from one project to another it is an exercise of monumental frustration. For example, if I have the same startup configuration for two different projects (Like, say, Resin) I must copy each entry (startup class name, vm parameters, program parameters, etc.) manually, one-by-one, opening the source properties dialog, copying a value, closing the dialog, alt-tab to the other project, open the project properties dialog, paste in the value and close the dialog again. Repeat for EVERY SINGLE thing I want to copy over. So, why must this dialog be modal across ALL projects?

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IMHO only the application-options dialog must be modal! the project-options can be nonmodal!
what would you say, jetBrains?

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This is a JDK limitation. Currently, there is no way to window-modal dialogs (ie, dialogs which are modal just to the parent window, not to the whole application). This is RFE #4080029[/url] on Sun's BugParade.

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Ok, I'm game, then why must the Project Properties dialog be modal in any sense of the word?

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In article <31427307.1066925247850.JavaMail.itn@is.intellij.net>,
Kirk Woll <kirk@digimax.com> wrote:

Ok, I'm game, then why must the Project Properties dialog be modal in any
sense of the word?


I'd guess it's because it's easier to implement that way. There are lots
of modal dialogs in IDEA that could be non-modal but it would take
development effort to change them. I guess the JetBraniacs have decided
that it isn't worth the cost (yet).

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