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Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac available September 6

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Microsoft, PC / Laptop, Software

Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac

The folks over at Parallels have been hard at work on perfecting the software for OS X Lion, and now it's ready. Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac will go on sale on September 6th, bringing a bunch of Lion features to apps that you're running in Windows. Expect the ability to use Lion features like Full Screen, LaunchPad, and Mission Control with Windows programs, along with the ability to run multiple copies of OS X Lion and Windows at the same time. On the performance end of things, Parallels Desktop 7 is 60 percent faster than the previous version for resuming Windows, and 45 percent faster for 3D graphics. ALso new is improved 5.1 surround sound, and support for 7.1 surround as well.

On September 6th you'll be able to download a trial or full version of Parallels Desktop 7, as well as purchased boxed software from retailers. The standard price is $79.99, while the Switch to Mac edition is $99.99. If you're switching over from VMware Fusion (Parallels competitor) you'll get a special price of $49.99, and if you're upgrading from a previous version of Parallels, you also qualify for the $49.99 price. Lastly, if you're a student, you get it for $39.99.

We'll be testing out all of the new features of Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac, and will report back with our thoughts soon.


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Parallels Desktop 5 build 9370 released

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: PC / Laptop, Software

Parallels Desktop 5 for mac 9370

For all of you who run Windows and Linux virutal machines on your Mac by way of Parallels Desktop 5, you should know that the company has released an update this morning aimed at improving performance and enhancing compatibility. The update is recommended for all users of Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac, and is free. Here’s the list of changes:

  • Mac folders shared with Windows now work correctly with MS Outlook, Lotus, Quicken and other Windows applications.
  • Support for Autodesk Revit 2011 was fixed.
  • MS Office 2010 activation is preserved in Boot Camp virtual machines.
  • OpenGL now works correctly in Ubuntu 10.04 virtual machines.
  • Virtual machines using Boot Camp partitions on 512 GB solid-state disks (SSDs) now work correctly.
  • The problem with invisible virtual machines list on new MacBook Pros (released in early 2010) was fixed.
  • A rare problem with Windows virtual machine’s screen turning black after upgrading to Mac OS X v10.6.3 was fixed.
  • Problems with Parallels Service stopping to respond when the Parallels Desktop settings file is corrupt were fixed.
  • Problems with screen resolution in Mac OS X Server v10.6.3 virtual machines were fixed.

You can get a copy of Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac for $10 off with $175 in free software.


VMware Fusion hits 2.0

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Microsoft, PC / Laptop, Software

VMware Fusion 2

Running Windows in OS X is still cool, even if software like , VMware Fusion, and have been around for a while. Now though, Fusion has hit 2.0, which is a nice milestone. Performance improvements, better multi-monitor support, and more robust Unity features (that’s the feature that lets you “erase” the Windows desktop, so that your Windows programs appear right next to your OS X ones) make this a worthy upgrade. Here are the details:

  • More Seamless with Unity 2.0: Application Sharing, Link Handling, Mirrored Folders, Driverless Printing, True Multiple Display Support, and Custom Keyboard Mapping
  • Safer Windows on Mac experience with AutoProtect automated snapshots and a 12-month complimentary subscription to McAfee VirusScan Plus security software for Windows XP and Vista
  • More Power with DirectX 9.0c with Shader Model 2 3D graphics, 1080p HD video playback, Multiple Snapshots, 4-way vSMP, and Better Linux Support (Unity & Easy Install)
  • More Mac-like, More Mac-friendly with all new Welcome Screen, Virtual Machine Library and Virtual Machine Settings, Cover Flow and Quick Look integration, and Apple Help
  • Mac OS X Leopard Server now is supported in a virtual machine on Mac hardware

If you already have a copy of Fusion 1.x running, you’ll be happy to know that this is a free upgrade. Otherwise, you can pick up Fusion 2.0 for $79.

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Last Chance to Win Parallels 3.0

Parallels 3.0 ContestLast chance guys - our 3.0 giveaway ends tonight. You have until midnight to enter to win a free copy of the hottest virtualization software package for Mac OS X. The details on how to win are here, so if you own a Mac and want to run Windows programs in the slickest fashion possible, jump on it.

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Reminder: We are Giving Away Parallels Desktop 3.0

Parallels 3.0 GiveawayAs a reminder, we announced the other day that we are giving away a copy of 3.0. Here are the details:

Our Parallels video walkthrough was published on our video show, The Bleeding Edge. We have made the Parallels episode available for your viewing after the jump. You can find the show in iTunes in both high resolution format (suitable for Apple TV) and a smaller iPod format. Go ahead and check out either link, which will take you right to the iTunes pages for the respective format, and if you would be so kind, go ahead and subscribe.

Now, on to entering. All you need to do to enter is write up a short review of the show on the iTunes page. Once you do that, let us know, and you are in. If you leave a review for both the Apple TV and iPod versions, you get two entries into the giveaway. We will run the contest through Sunday, and then randomly choose a winner based on the number of entries we receive. You must live in the USA or Canada to be eligible for the prize.

Good luck to everyone - we look forward to reading the reviews.

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Gear Live Giveaway: Parallels Desktop 3.0

Parallels 3.0 GiveawayIt’s been a while since we have given away something to you guys, the readers that keep us in business. We have seen a lot of excitement around the Parallels 3.0 feature walkthrough video that we posted the other day. A few people emailed in saying that $79.99 was a bit too rich for their blood for , although we feel that it is a tremendous value, even at that price. Others have balked at paying $50 to upgrade their software from 2.0. We say forget all that, and instead, just participate in our contest where you can get a new copy of Parallels 3.0 for free. Here are the details:

Our Parallels video walkthrough was published on our video show, The Bleeding Edge. We have made the Parallels episode available for your viewing after the jump. You can find the show in iTunes in both high resolution format (suitable for Apple TV) and a smaller iPod format. Go ahead and check out either link, which will take you right to the iTunes pages for the respective format, and if you would be so kind, go ahead and subscribe.

Now, on to entering. All you need to do to enter is write up a short review of the show on the iTunes page. Once you do that, let us know, and you are in. If you leave a review for both the Apple TV and iPod versions, you get two entries into the giveaway. We will run the contest through Sunday, and then randomly choose a winner based on the number of entries we receive. You must live in the USA or Canada to be eligible for the prize.

Good luck to everyone - we look forward to reading the reviews.

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Bleeding Edge TV 173: We Interview Ben Rudolph About Parallels 3.0

We went out to headquarters right outside Seattle to talk to Ben Rudolph, and to get a first-hand look at Parallels 3.0. Ben walks us through all of the new features of the latest release of the vastly popular OS X virtualization software, including 3D GPU support, SmartSelect, and Snapshots. If you have been waiting for something truly excellent to enhance your computing experience, this may very well be it.


Parallels Desktop 3.0 for Mac Now Available

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Hot Deals, Software

The other day we gave you a first-hand look at some of the new features in Parallels 3.0. The guys over at Parallels just dropped us an email to let us know that the new version has just been released. You can now head on over to the Parallels website to buy version 3.0, which features Snapshots, SmartSelect, and 3D GPU graphic support. We will be heading over to Parallels HQ in an hour or so to get a first-hand look at all of the cool new features, and should have that video available for you here later this evening. Until then, check out our Parallels 3.0 gallery in case you missed it.

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Parallels 3.0 Feature Gallery

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Features, Software

We know that all of our Mac fans out there have been waiting for the new version of to be released - you know, Parallels 3.0, which introduces 3D support? Yeah, that one. While that is the big feature that many of us have been waiting for, there are over 50 other additions and improvements waiting for you in the new version of Parallels. Things like Snapshots, which aim to make your virtual machines bulletproof, and SmartSelect, which allows you to tell Parallels which application - in which operating system - to open any sort of file type. This is all powerful stuff. We put together a photo gallery of some of the more exciting Parallels 3.0 features for you to take a look at - go check them out, and let us know what you think. We have been playing with it, and it is well worth the money. You can pick up a copy of Parallels here.

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Gallery: Parallels 3.0 Feature Gallery


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