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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 7:08 am    Post subject: Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac Released Reply with quote

Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac Released
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Posted by: Glenn

Parallels today announced the release of Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac, a major update to their virtualization software for Intel-based Macs. According to the company, this version of the software introduces more than 70 new features and enhancements. Some of the highlights include:

- Full support for Aero in Windows Vista and 7 through Windows WDDM driver, including Aero Flip 3D.
- Improved performance for Linux guest OS from KVM paravirtualization.
- Virtual machine size automatically optimized for best performance with Parallels Compressor.
- A more Mac-like experience in their Windows applications through Apple Trackpad Gestures technology (pinch, swipe, rotate and more), horizontal scrolling and the application of Full Screen active corners and curl page effect.
- Copy & Paste fidelity for formatted text and complete layouts including images, even between Windows and Linux guest OSs.
- The ability to use an Apple remote to control Windows applications.
- Freedom and flexibility to run Windows and Mac applications across multiple monitors
- Seven times better graphic performance for games and 3D applications than the previous version with Direct X 9Ex with Shader Model 3 and OpenGL 2.1 support.
- Superior graphics performance for Linux guests through OpenGL 2.1 support.
- Full hardware resources can be utilized with support for 8 virtual CPUs, 64 bit Windows and Snow Leopard Server 64 bit.
- Easily move PCs (including Windows 7) and 3rd party virtual machines to the Mac with the enhanced Parallels Transporter.

Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac is priced at $79.99. Current Parallels Desktop users can upgrade their existing software for $49.99.



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 8:04 am    Post subject: Re: Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac Released Reply with quote

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- The ability to use an Apple remote to control Windows applications.

Can you do that with Fusion? I've never even tried before.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will be trying this later tonight for sure.

Current VMware Fusion 2 owners can buy it at the upgrade price as well. You have to enter your Fusion 2 license though. Interesting promotion. It's located on the front page middle right under "Special Promotion".
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does anyone know if this new version finally provides drag and drop file copying between host and guest in a Linux guest. The fact that Fusion provided this and Parallels did not was what caused me to switch in the first place.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

$50 to upgrade or sidegrade. Yikes.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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$50 to upgrade or sidegrade. Yikes.

It does seem lofty. I'm surprised they didn't at least match the price of Fusion upgrades.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TonyMontana wrote:
I will be trying this later tonight for sure.

So did it turn out to be faster with Windows than Fusion 3? I'm even more interested now in running Windows 7 with DLNA support built into our new TV.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Does anyone know if this new version finally provides drag and drop file copying between host and guest in a Linux guest. The fact that Fusion provided this and Parallels did not was what caused me to switch in the first place.


Yes, that is one of the advertised fixes.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 10:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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TonyMontana wrote:
I will be trying this later tonight for sure.

So did it turn out to be faster with Windows than Fusion 3? I'm even more interested now in running Windows 7 with DLNA support built into our new TV.

Haven't got to play with it yet.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2009 8:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

10.6.2 supposedly has a performance fix for VMware, so it might not be the best time to make a decision based on performance alone.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2009 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yippee, I'm buying upgrades for Fusion3 "&" PD5 w00t!
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 07, 2009 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll stick with Fusion 2....
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 07, 2009 11:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

whatever does the job for you!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2009 12:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jalyst wrote:
whatever does the job for you!


At least I still have a choice what software I can run on my computer.



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2009 12:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure what you mean?

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