Running droplets in background on Mac OS -- any tips?

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I am creating lots of documents with the same "structure" (ie. same layers in the same order with the same names), which allows me to automatically process them using Photoshop droplets. (For instance, one droplet flattens most of the layers and then converts to a CMYK format).

The problem is that it is a PITA to run these droplets and try to get work done at the same time. Every time Photoshop opens a file, it puts up a window -- and if I have 2 or more windows open, the Photoshop window is put right on top of the one I am working on. 

So what do other people do when they want to run a droplet on hundreds or thousands of files?

1) Just do it on your computer, and don't use that computer for anything else.
2) Put up with the flashing windows
3) Add another user account, start the script there, and then return to your main user account to get work done while the script completes

I am trying to use (3), but am running into lots of problems -- which I suspect are a combination of Adobe's and Apple's responsibility.

Are there any other solutions that I have overlooked?
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Alan Harper

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Personally, I try to have 2 working computers, I run it on the other one and have lunch, or run another app on the other computer, say InDesign But then I'm a designer so this may not apply to your case?
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Alan Harper

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Thanks, Glenbo.