- Platform: Mac OS X
- Media: CD-ROM
- Item Quantity: 1
Parallels Desktop 8.0 for Mac
- Run Windows applications like they were made for your Mac-all without rebooting
- Get even more out of Windows 8: Use metro-style apps and enjoy copy & paste and drag & drop integration now even with Windows 8 and OS X Mountain Lion
- Integrates Mac features like Dictation and gestures into Windows applications
- Works great on the 11-Inch MacBook Air to the 15-Inch MacBook Pro with Retina display or the iMac
- Parallels Desktop for Mac is the most tested, trusted and talked-about solution for running Windows applications on your Mac and the #1 choice of Mac customers
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Integrated with Mac OS X Mountain Lion - Eye-catching integration including support for the Retina Display on your MacBook Pro. Windows works even better on a Mac - Windows integration, includes a Windows ?launchpad,? shared Mac apps, and improved mouse features. Avoid presentation glitches - The Presentation Wizard allows you to easily and beautifully show presentations from your Mac on any external monitor or projector.
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When i heard about Parallels, i made the leapt to a MacAir. I bought this software to install, instead of using the way you can designate part of your hard drive to windows that comes with the laptop. For that, you have to turn one off in order to use the other.
But with Parallels you can keep both Mac and Windows open at the same time, and move fluidly from one to the other -(you just opt to "enter coherence" after turning on the machine). Not being familiar with Mac, it was tricky for me to instal it, but calling Parallels 1-800 number will give you all the support you need until its running perfectly. They are great, and they stay with you. PS - You do have to put your own Windows program on- along with the Parallels - but you can buy it, or just download it for free
Goodbye Sony. You don't get to have me anymore!
However, that was in 2012 and now it is 2014. It has been kind of quirky these past two years but is has allowed me to jump back and forth between the Mac OS and Windows XP while working on the same file, just by a click of the mouse. I couldn't have been happier with this arrangement. But suddenly, on March 12th, 2014, I got a nasty message that Parallels "virtualization support was disabled on my Mac" and it wouldn't let me start up Windows. Instructions to fix this told me to remove Parallels 8 from the system and to reinstall the software. After uninstalling the software I inserted the installation disk and got a nasty message from Apple stating that this App was no longer supported. So I ended up going to our very friendly Apple Authorized tech support folks, who did an excellent job (for $100) getting me back in business again. After getting back home, all was well. Everything was working better than it originally had but then, suddenly, again, after about two house, same nasty messages, same nasty problem.
This would be a five star item, in that it allows one to jump back and forth seamlessly between the two operating system while working on the same file. However, it turned out to be very unstable and Apple doesn't even support this version any more.
Back to my Tech Support Folks. More Later
There is a couple of ways you can have it set up, but they are all easily switch able between Windows and Mac. I have it set up so everything stayed together. You can for the most part keep Windows in a window of it's own or you can have it in something called "Coherence", which has the windows version of the dock on the bottom. But it is easy to go between the windows and mac.
If you have a Mac, but need something that runs Windows, but don't want to buy a new computer or don't need a whole new computer, this is a nice substitute.
Installation was smooth - Follow the on-screen prompts and be sure to verify your e-mail address.
My happiness stems from having the right expectation I think. I understand I am running a virtual machine and not going to get the same performance I would get running a Windows application in Boot Camp. (e.g. games)
I'm using a late 2011 iMac 27"
16 GB RAM
Using a Turtle Beach USB Sound Device as well.
Running Windows 7 64 Bit from a Boot Camp Partition
Here was the sweet spot for me:
Set up parallels to use 512 Video Ram (Note, this really has little to do with your card) - More than this caused games to hang...768, 1024...
Allocated 4096 RAM for use in the virtual space. (I may experiment using more)
I was able to run Guild Wars 2 and the Secret World without issues...
Quicken 2010 ran fine as well (Although it takes a long time to load...Does in Windows too for that matter)
I played around with opening Windows documents within the MAc space.. It worked seamlessly.
All in All pretty happy.. I've been a "Mac Guy" for about 18 months after being a lifelong PC Geek
Will I never boot into Boot Camp again? Nope.. I see myself doing that for a dedicated gaming session but Parallels has more than met my expectation.