Parallels Desktop for Mac

Parallels Desktop for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
4
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Average User Rating:
3.6
out of 235 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    6.0.11994
  • Total Downloads:
    138,862
  • Date Added:
    Feb. 22, 2011
  • Price:
    Update; $79.99 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    282.58MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    285
  • Platform:
    Mac
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Editors' Review

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It's nothing new that Intel-powered Macs have been running Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux for some time using Apple's Boot Camp. But one of the best utilities on the market for switching between operating systems lets you switch without a reboot.

Parallels Desktop allows you to switch seamlessly between operating systems without the need to reboot your Mac. Even better, regardless of which system you're running at the time, when you open a file type that's for another operating system, Parallels automatically recognizes the file type and makes the switch for you. Added support for 3D graphics allows Mac users the ability to play Windows games using the full power of your Mac's video card.

Parallels Desktop helps keep your virtual environments safe through the use of Snapshots. The feature lets you to take a snapshot of your Windows system (for example) when its in a healthy state so if you encounter any viruses or spyware while surfing, you can essentially rewind to your previously saved snapshot. This is extremely helpful for testing beta software and makes sure you have an option when dangerous trojans or spyware infect your virtual system.

Recent versions of Parallels Desktop have included several new enhancements that are all useful for those who work in multiple virtual environments. Spotlight integration now lets you search for Windows programs faster; 3D graphics enhancements make your favorite PC games run better on your Mac with DirectX support; and you can even manage Windows apps through Mac OS features like Spaces and Expose.

Overall, Parallels Desktop offers a seamless experience for switching between virtual OS machines and a number of extras that let you take full advantage of Windows apps you need or are used to working with in your particular work environment. Though there are more inexpensive options, Parallels has a tool set that puts it above other offerings.

 
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  • Current Version

    2.7

    out of 7 votes

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    out of 235 votes

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3 stars

"Does the Job - Dirty Uninstall - Switch to VMWare"

May 19, 2011

 |  Version: Parallels Desktop 6.0.11994

Pros

Better integration of mounted drives
Works without fuss.
Seamless integration.

Cons

Takes up more memory compared to VMWare Fusion.
Uninstall leaves the Icons and "Open with" options.

Summary

I needed my Windows programs because that's what I use on my job (Microsoft-based Systems Development) so I tried Parallels and VMWare Fusion, out of the box, with same apps installed on the VM (Software development tools and MS Office on WIn7 64-bit with 2CPU/2GBRAM). I am using a Macbook Pro (early 2011) with Intel i5 and 8GB of RAM.

Contrary to what I have been reading on reviews, the UI is "smoother" and better in VMWare than in Parallels. When I use Parallels, most of the time, my "Inactive Memory" grows so big that my Free Memory gets down to zero -- then may machine really slows down.

Although, I like the way that Parallels manage the sharing of mounted devices between host and VM. With WMWare, I had to do some tweaks to get "direct" access to a mounted drive.

I am not a gamer, so I cannot give any comment on this area, which is the main advantage of Parallels, as they say.

So I decided to buy VMWare Fusion, and uninstalled the trial version of Parallels. The uninstall was a bliss. However, the "Open With" options still have references to the Parallels VM... the icons for Windows-based files still have that Parallels icon (with the two vertical red bars). I tried some solutions that I found in the web but my system is still "dirty". So I had to restore my Macbook.

I have not tried the uninstall of VMWare, though.

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2 stars

"It works, but slows down computer considerably"

April 03, 2011  |  By lynsera

 |  Version: Parallels Desktop 6.0.11994

Pros

Works, can access my Windows programs on my Mac

Cons

Once you access Windows, it's so slow it's frustrating. I keep buying new versions, think I'm on my 3rd, thinking it will get better. Slows down my system so much on both Mac and Win I give up and go to my Win computer. Crashes a lot, no support.

Summary

Try something else. If you purchase, reach out to support immediately since it only lasts a few days.

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5 stars

"Great application to get Windows on your Mac"

March 22, 2011  |  By mg_magyari

 |  Version: Parallels Desktop 6.0.11994

Pros

Fast and reliable. The best thing if you can't live without softwares running on Windows.
Includes Chrome OS.

Cons

It's not for gaming.

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2 stars

"Good luck with Excel on that,"

March 15, 2011  |  By AmeedEl-Ghoul

 |  Version: Parallels Desktop 6.0.11994

Pros

You can get basic windows program on your mac when you really need them.

Cons

Programs keeps on crashing on it.
Formulas in Excel don't work right.
Can't use more than one processor.

Summary

1- Programs on it crashes and crashes and keeps on crashing, regardless of how many times you reinstall Windows.
2- I work mainly with large Excel files, can exceed 1GB easily, formulas don't work right, and I found out this the hard way.
If you copied those same excel files to a different computer, they work just fine.
3- I have a quad core machine with hyper threading '' which means the computer sees you actually have 8 cores '', when trying to assign

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1 stars

"VMware is better..."

March 13, 2011  |  By thompson_Matthew

 |  Version: Parallels Desktop 6.0.11994

Pros

It does contain a few 'different' features to other visualization software on the market.

Cons

The pause symbol icon bugs me and it isn't as stable (and good) as vmware fusion.

Summary

I tried it, then vmware fusion, then bought vmware fusion.

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1 stars

"Can't get support"

March 01, 2011  |  By Wrf1984

 |  Version: Parallels Desktop 6.0.11994

Pros

Good software that works seamlessly. I particularly like the ability to use it while also using my Mac. But, explained below, no software is of much use if you can't get support when you need it and won't work without it.

Cons

CAN'T GET SUPPORT!! TWICE, now, I've purchased Kaspersky Anti-Virus from them, thru their service Digital River. NEITHER TIME has there been a way to ENTER that serial number, and it is IMPOSSIBLE to get support without paying for it.

Summary

So, I buy Kaspersky through Parallels. I try to get help when I cannot find a place to enter the serial number they gave me. When I follow their online directions, I come up with nothing other than a window that asks me to purchase it. I am NOT purchasing it twice (having already done so immediately before--I also did it months earlier but was unable to update the registration). I send an Email to the support address they give me and it INSTANTLY comes back as undeliverable. I try to get online help through chat and it tells me my help package has expired. OK: I didn't buy an additional support package, but when I buy a NEW PRODUCT from them and can't make it work, might it be too much to ask for them to offer some free support??? I don't think so.

No software is any better than your ability to use it. If something doesn't work properly these people become ABSOLUTELY INSCRUTABLE. They have managed to find a way to eliminate any and all support questions that you don't pay for.

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5 stars

"Simply awesome!"

February 23, 2011  |  By CorvettemanAZ

 |  Version: Parallels Desktop 6.0.11994

Pros

The best of both worlds.

Cons

What's there not to like?!?

Summary

I totally recommend this product.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 6.0.11994
Resolves compatibility issues with Mac OS X 10.6.5 and 10.6.6.
General
Publisher Parallels
Publisher web site http://www.parallels.com
Release Date February 22, 2011
Date Added February 22, 2011
Version 6.0.11994
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.6 Intel, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 282.58MB
File Name ParallelsDesktop-10.1.1-28614.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 138,862
Downloads Last Week 285
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License Model Update
Limitations Not available
Price $79.99

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