Parallels Desktop for Mac

Parallels Desktop for Mac

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    8.0.18314.813278
  • Total Downloads:
    138,862
  • Date Added:
    November 08, 2012
  • File Size:
    282.58MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    285
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8

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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4 stars

"Runs every program I need"

November 10, 2012  |  By nrkmann--2008

 |  Version: Parallels Desktop 8.0.18314.813278

Pros

Computer: 8GB MacBook Pro 17" Core2Duo 2.66

Runs quickly, can watch video and listen to music.
I regularly use Office 2007 Live Meeting, Cisco simulation software, terminal serve into my server, etc. all with no problems

Cons

Have to run some programs in XP SP3 mode from Win 7 or Win 8.

Seems to have a memory leak, i.e. keeps using more and more memory until all memory is in use and will not release the memory when shut down. Have to reboot the Mac every week or so to get my memory back.

As others have said a bit expensive if you have to have the latest and greatest. I buy updates at the end of cycle when they are $25-$30. This seems to work for me.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 8.0.18314.813278
  • Support for Windows 8 tablet gestures
  • Addition of a single tile to the Windows 8 interface for easy access to shared Mac apps
  • Full USB 3.0 support for faster connections to peripheral devices
  • Updated Retina display settings for easier screen optimization
  • Smooth transitions when entering and exiting Coherence mode
  • Increased virtual machine limits for running large appsPreviously available Parallels
General
Publisher Parallels
Publisher web site http://www.parallels.com
Release Date November 08, 2012
Date Added November 08, 2012
Version 8.0.18314.813278
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.8, Macintosh
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
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $79.99

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