Review - Parallels Desktop 4.0 For Mac


Pros: Parallels Desktop for Mac 4.0 is a very stable program that allows a guest operating system to run on top of host operating system. So, you can run multiple operating systems at the same vrijeme.Rezultat the best of both worlds: you can run Mac OS X normally, but if you really need to run Windows applications, you can do in Mac OS X without rebooting


Cons: is probably not suitable for gaming. Windows Vista or Windows 7 RC1 does not support Aero effects (Updated - May 23, 2009)

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There were two, maybe three reasons why I do not make the switch to Mac soon.

(1) Expenses: At first blush, the Mac seems to be much more expensive than a Windows PC.
(2) cult of Mac: Mac owners often talk about their machines as they have found faith. Being naturally skeptical person, I do not want to join the crowd.
(3) unknown: My job requires that I work with Windows. Would using the Mac cause a headache that is worth? Would you turn reduce my productivity?

As for (2), there is no doubt that Mac users are a little angry about their computers. I remember thinking that I had long, "Who cares? They are just computers. Who gets excited about computers?" If you are a person who willfully does the opposite of the trend, I really can not help you there. Yes, Macs have a reputation for trendy. Deal with it.

Now, regarding (1) and (3), the answer to (3) ("Productivity without windows?") Justifies the fact (1) ("Expenses"). My job requires that I work in a Windows environment during the workday. In addition to Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Office program that I used for most of my days. Before I made ​​the switch, I tried using Open Office to replace Microsoft Office. While Open Office (especially the excellent version 3) will work in a pinch, I just can not bear *. doc (Microsoft Word format) documents that are arranged in Open Office.

The reason? My work requires that I use some rather complex Word templates only not quite translate.

the perfect solution presented itself:. Desktop virtualization

Parallels Desktop for Mac 4.0 allows you to run Windows on a Mac, without having to reboot. In short, Mac OS X is your "host operating system." You can install and run case "guest operating system" within the host operating system. Windows is actually running in a window (or full-screen if you prefer). So, doing a virtual computer within a computer s.

excellent "coherence mode" allows you to run Windows applications alongside Mac OS X applications. Imagine that you have Safari and Internet Explorer running next to each other in OS X. Yep, it seems strange at first.

setup process is relatively painless. Basically, you install the parallels as you would any other software. Now, Parallels will lead you through the installation of Windows. Then, you can install your Windows applications, such as Microsoft Office. Now you are running a Windows virtual machine on your Mac!

In order to justify the added cost of a Mac? Well, I look at this way. If I buy a computer, go to Windows or Linux. There is a real legit way to run Mac OS X on a PC without violating the end user license agreement (EULA). However, if I buy a Mac can run Mac OS X and Windows, so I'm kind of getting two computers for the price of one.

parting advice:

(1) After you install your guest operating system (eg Windows XP, Vista, Ubuntu, etc.), make sure you install the "Parallels Tools". You can find guidance from the drop-down menu or do a quick search in the online help. Parallels tools allow better integration between the host and guest operating systems. For example, without Parallels Tools, you are constantly pushing different combinations of keys to release your mouse cursor from the host operating system, so you can use the mouse to the system by work, and vice versa. Parallels Tools make the transition seamless. Just where you want to go and the program will announce the hire of your mouse.

(2) Keep in mind that if you have Windows on your Mac, you must take the same precautions as you would if you were using a computer. This means that you should install an antivirus and antispyware software in Windows virtual machine.

(3) you can install a wide range of 32 or 64-bit operating systems as guest operating system, so not just limited to Windows. Currently, I have Windows XP, Windows 7 Release Candidate 1, and Ubuntu Linux.

(4) Because the guest operating system you are working in a virtual machine, program performance will not be as good as if you were running programs natively. Parallels is probably not the best choice for graphics-intensive games.

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