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Parallels Desktop supports Leopard, Vista

updated 10:20 am EST, Tue February 27, 2007

Parallels Desktop update

Parallels today released a free update to Parallels Desktop for Mac to enhance its virtualization software with a new installation assistant tool, shared networking support, and official compatibility for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. The latest release of Parallels Desktop for Mac also supports Microsoft's recently-released Windows Vista operating system, adds several additional features, and repairs numerous bugs. Parallels Desktop for Mac runs 'guest' operating systems inside a Mac by allowing that operating system to run alongside Mac OS X, managing system resources as the two systems co-exist side-by-side. The latest revision ensures that Solaris guest operating systems don't hang after suspending or resuming, and includes an improved Parallels Tools package. Parallels Desktop now offers full support for OpenBSD 3.8 as a guest operating system, and ensures that the G4U hard disk cloning tool works in virtual machines.

The update offers better video output improvement and acceleration, adds multi interface USB devices support (including Windows Mobile 2005 devices), and includes isochronous USB devices support (such as Webcam devices). Keyboard support is improved in the free update as well, adding recognition for the eject CD key as well as the difference between left and right shift, control, and alt/option keys.

Parallels Desktop for Mac adds a virtual disk cache policy option that enables users to select whether to optimize performance for Mac OS X or a guest operating system. The latest release fixes the Image Tool, offers an optimized disk cache policy for suspend/resume, and fixes suspend/resume functionality with Windows ME guest operating systems.

The free update also includes acceleration for first time access to shared folders, fixes the clipboard synchronization tool, and improves sound recording as well as playback functionality.




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  1. lockhartt

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    ?

    RC3 still indicates it is the most up-to-date version, and the Parallels Web site does not indicate anything to the contrary that I can find (though following different links takes you to download pages for three different versions - Build 1970, RC2, and RC3).

    Perhaps they're still updating?

  1. schwachs

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    same prob here

    i can't find the official update page.

  1. tpressman

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    old news...

    this was released on Feb 15 as 3170 RC3.

  1. surferboy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Old News

    Unless Parallels is updating their website, this looks like old news to me?

  1. wingdo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    3186 is current

    Build 3186 seems to be the current version. Although it never made it as a test candidate.

    http://www.parallels.com/en/download/desktop/

  1. legacyb4

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Update posted

    http://www.parallels.com/en/download/desktop/

  1. rmansfield

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    website down?

    It looks like they're having problems with their website.

  1. bhuot

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    website still down

    website is still down

  1. rmansfield

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Corrupted download

    I've downloaded the .DMG file twice, but both times, it fails to mount. Has anyone SUCCESSFULLY applied the update yet?

  1. legacyb4

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    So far so good

    Loving the new update; did have a problem because it prompted to install a driver (not the Parallel tools one) which I foolishly said yes to and lost access to my video for a while until I booted into Safe Mode and reinstalled the proper drivers.

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