Review: Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac

Parallels has released 7: Whenever a new Apple Mac operating system brings to the market, pushing behind the virtualization professionals with a new version of Parallels Desktop, expensive new or upgrade license included. Meanwhile angelagt with version 7, has to Parallels users ask more than ever, whether he needs any foreign operating systems or software on the Mac.
Because the software selection is thanks to the increasing popularity of Apple computers and software sales grew the app store model in the past 24 months clearly – there are hardly any programs that do not exist in one form or another Mac version. Even the times when Windows converts were necessarily depend on virtual machines are almost over, and just in case there are – in addition to Boot Camp – yes, even the free VirtualBox, which basically provides the same functionality as Parallels available .

Who needs it
Who needs more then that is Parallels Desktop? All those who do not want to use for the Mac available software solutions, without sacrificing the comfort Mac. Gamers looking to play on OS X for Windows PCs certain games without starting over each time the computer. And last but not least all those users who need safe and compact entire computer networks with different operating systems on a Mac so developers and administrators. For all three groups, Parallels Desktop 7 over the competition and previous versions, one clear advantage: Parallels 7 now allows the virtualization of Mac OS X, but only under Lion Lion. Parallels 7 was also accelerates according to the developers and will massively-suited to play than ever. But what does this mean in practice?

OS X as a virtual machine
Parallels Desktop 7 works on Snow Leopard and Lion, Lion-only users will enjoy the new OS X virtualization: With the help of the Recovery partition on the new Mac system, we can finally connect the normal desktop version of OS X a virtual machine. This is made possible by a change in the licensing model of the Apple operating system, while ensuring that it can not be virtualized on Snow Leopard Lion, just as Snow Leopard or older Mac OS X versions below Lion. As in previous versions, but it is still possible that much more expensive OS X Server editions of 10.5 and 10.6 to virtualize.

The restriction ensures that the idea of ​​a virtual Macs basically only for power users is interesting to establish a secure environment for testing purposes Lion Lion on a system. Average consumer, which is about the use of older, under Lion by eliminating Rosetta no longer executable software, looking into the tube. Try also the Lion of the window on a Mac using the older OS X 10.6 is not possible, so that the function for the majority of users who are not software hobbyist, really useful free. Parallels away doing an excellent selling point. After all, OS X works very round in the window, especially after installing Parallels Tools, which is now also available for guest systems running OS X.

Significant acceleration
Otherwise it will look at the virtualization of other operating systems, especially Windows: will stop virtual machines from the previous version adopted easily, then the performance gain shows already on startup of the virtual Windows system, which starts much faster than it was sixth under Parallels Desktop Especially users of 64-bit versions of Windows will benefit greatly from switching to the 64-bit technology in OS X Lion. What previously worked poorly on Snow Leopard runs more than right now to even weaker hardware largely liquid. Particularly impressive is the significantly improved speed of Coherence function, unlike in previous version of Parallels to switch quickly between windows and the use of Coherence, Windows programs to run around and finally on less powerful systems. However, memory is a must: With less than four gigabytes of RAM in the Mac Parallels will quickly become all-encompassing system, brakes, because they require Windows and Mac OS X at least two gigabytes. SSD is also recommended as a system disk to get the most out of a Parallels VM.


Also, Parallels Desktop for players 7 is a real treat: The virtual graphics memory can now be up to one gigabyte, which of course is only useful when high performance graphics hardware is used on the host system. Unfortunately that is built only in the more expensive Apple-lines, so the gaming capabilities of the host Windows stops right there, where the power limit of the Mac is. Modern Windows games firecrackers that have not already run into some bootcamp will rise under Parallels, of course, hardly to new performance heights. Nevertheless, the system performance significantly better served by the virtual machine in Parallels than it was six, which is also apparent.

Many small improvements
The installation routine for guest systems has been revised, now provides a wizard to automatically correct basic hardware settings for each operating system. This course can be changed later. Also new is the convenience store in which users Windows Parallels software and Windows order themselves.

Overall, Parallels Desktop 7 significantly faster and more comfortable than its predecessor. That’s not very fair upgrade from version 6 is worthwhile only for gamers and power users, the Lion virtualize or want to work with multiple VMs. Users of older versions of Parallels, which often use a virtualization should definitely think about an upgrade. An upgrade option is new with Release 5

You can grab it for $79.99 ($49.99 upgrade) from or Apple stores now. You can also get a free trial from

Updates: Keynote 5.1.1 and iCloud 1.0.1 for Windows

Keynote Update 5.1.1 released

Keynote Update 5.1.1 released
Apple just released the latest update of the Keynote series. The 5.1.1 update is as usual in Apple’s Software Update available. It fixes a lot of bug fixes and some bug fixes for large presentations at Mac OS X Lion. The stability was improved.

iCloud Control Panel 1.0.1 for Windows released
Apple can always use iCloud with Windows, too. For this purpose it is necessary, the Control Panel “icloud” install for Windows systems. Exactly this interface, Apple has now updated. iCloud Control Panel for Windows 1.0.1 is 40MB in size and requires Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 and a broadband Internet connection. In addition, Apple recommends Microsoft Outlook 2007 or 2010. The Control Panel “icloud” is needed to photostream, contacts and calendar (requires Microsoft Outlook 2007 or later) to be used.

iCloud Control Panel 1.0.1 for Windows

Mozilla released Firefox 8 – with lots of new features, faster browsing and twitter search

Many new features and news
Mozilla maintains its strict update schedule and has published Firefox 8.0. A download from the Mozilla Web site ( is already available for Mac, PC and Linux. The e-mail app Thunderbird was updated to version 8.0, too. Firefox apparently wants to make the new Google Chrome competitive (downloads4mac reported): The update of Firefox 8 fixes security vulnerabilities and provides a great Twitter search in the search box. This can be set in the settings, and how that should be searched. Even the installation process for add-ons has been substantially increased.

According to market researchers at Net Applications, Firefox comes to desktop computers currently has a market share of nearly 23 percent, thus proving to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer took second place (see left image below).

Tab browsing is much improved in the latest version of Firefox and the ease of usehas risen sharply.
Learn more about Firefox 8 & Tab Browsing

Download Details

downloads4mac recommends Firefox 8!

Download Firefox 8 for Mac, Windows or Linux
Firefox 8 requires at least Mac OS X 10.5 (Intel).
Other Operating Systems like Windows & Linux are not supported by downloads4mac.

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For Windows Users: Soluto

With Soluto just provides for a faster Windows boot time. The free softwaredetects brake system and removes unnecessary programs from the startup.Soluto analyzes the behavior of the PC at startup, and shares the startup entriesand then into three categories: necessary, perhaps unnecessary and redundantprograms. The time saved by deleting an application from the startup showsSoluto to second.

A click takes you out individual programs from the startup. Optional moves to thestart of a program at a later time after booting the PC.

Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac

About Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac

With the Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac, you can access the desktop of a Windows-basedcomputer. On the Windows computer must only be the appropriate share were issued.

With the Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac 1 and 2, you can on Windows 2000, 2000 Server, XP, Server 2003, Server 2008 and Windows Vista to access.

System Requirements

The Remote Desktop Connection Client for Macrequires at least Mac OS X 10.4.9


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