Parallels Desktop 6 Software for Mac

Parallels Desktop 6 Software for Mac

Parallels Desktop 6 Software for Mac

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Product Highlights

  • Seamlessly Run Windows Within Mac OS X
  • 64-bit Virtual Machine Performance
  • 80% Faster 3D Performance
  • Additional Parallels Mobile iOS App
  • Windows 7 & Snow Leopard Support
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Parallels PDFM6XL-OEM10DVD-EN overview

  • 1Description

Parallels Desktop 6 is a software package for Intel Macs that allows you to configure and run virtual machines from within Mac OS X. Make your life easier with the ability to run a variety of Windows, DOS, Linux, and other x86 operating systems side-by-side, all from within OS X.

Desktop 6 for Mac brings vastly improved 3D graphics rendering, battery life and security, all while a new 64-bit engine and added Parallels Mobile iOS app let you take full advantage of the power of your Mac. You can now run Windows and Mac applications side-by-side without ever having to reboot.

Seamless Simplicity

Improved Logic Between Windows and Mac
  • Setup and manage multiple virtual machines on your Mac simply, quickly and more efficiently with better control over your Boot Camp partitions, your open windows in Expose, and Active Corners
  • Easily drag-and-drop documents, pictures and music between Windows and Mac apps
  • Boot Camp virtual machines can now be freely suspended and then safely resumed
  • Time Machine backups can now be synced with SmartGuard snapshots, to reduce the space required for backups
  • Keyboard shortcut for hiding/showing Parallels Desktop and all its windows
  • Import of third-party virtual machines has been integrated into the main application
  • Parallels Image Tool has been integrated into the main application
  • Parallels Transporter is now accessible through the "Import Virtual Machines" option on the Welcome Screen
  • Open your Windows applications without seeing Parallels Desktop interface elements even when your virtual machine is powered off
  • Shut down Windows and its applications in Coherence without seeing Parallels Desktop interface
  • Automatic generation of support code for easier access to Parallels Support
  • Improved support for Boot Camp partitions using multiple disks
  • Automatic SmartGuard snapshots taken after a timeout if the user does not respond to the prompts
  • Improved active screen corners behavior in Full Screen mode
  • Scaling of the virtual machine screen when its window is resized, if Parallels Tools are not installed or inactive
  • Windows applications can be set as the default applications for handling CDs and DVDs inserted into the Mac
Windows Applications in Your Dock and Spotlight
  • Windows 7 icons in the Dock behave like true Windows 7 icons, with support for Jump Lists, progress indicators and duplicate app icons being grouped to one icon
  • Search for your Windows programs with Spotlight
  • Windows Applications folders in the Dock now contain "My Computer", "Control Panel" and other useful shortcuts that are usually present in the Windows Start menu
  • Progress for downloads and other operations is now displayed on the Windows 7 applications icons in the Dock
Smoother Transition from Other Virtual Machines
  • Bring all of your virtual machines into Parallels Desktop 6 for a better experience
  • Supports import of Boot Camp partition into a Parallels virtual machine
  • Supports import of Virtual Box 3.1.2 and 3.1.4 virtual machines
  • Faster and smoother import of VMware and Virtual PC virtual machines

Enhanced Performance

64-bit Virtual Machine Performance
  • Fully utilize your Mac's hardware to maximize speed and performance for Windows
  • Create powerful 32/64-bit VMs with up to 8 CPUs and 2TB virtual RAM
  • Improved 3D performance - up to 80% faster than in Parallels Desktop 5
  • Improved battery life
  • 64-bit virtual machine process for improved performance of virtual machines, especially of those with more than 1 GB of memory
  • Improved overall performance
  • Faster Windows startup and shutdown
  • Reduced time for resuming paused and suspended virtual machines on Macs with powerful configurations
  • Better performance of Linux in virtual machines
  • Faster Parallels Tools installation
Parallels Mobile iOS App
  • Enjoy full access and control of your virtual machine from wherever you are with the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad mobile app
  • Access and use programs in a virtual machine remotely, even if you are not on the same network as your Mac
Reduce Costs with Full-Featured Virtual Machines and Devices
  • Support for IPv6
  • Intel (e1000) virtual network adapter for Windows and Linux guests
  • 35% faster virtual machines with virtual SATA hard drive interface support
  • Smoother USB mouse transition between Mac and the virtual machine, even when Parallels Tools are not installed
  • Faster input and navigation operations with USB keyboards
  • Improved handling of shortcuts and other keyboard operations
  • Enterprise-ready for Developers and IT Administrators

Flexible Personalization

More Mac-Like Appearance
  • Improved user interface and new look and feel
  • Use Apple gestures in Windows apps, map your keyboard shortcuts or use Apple Remote to control Windows apps
  • Use OS X keyboard shortcuts in Windows applications
  • Redesigned USB connection dialog makes connecting USB devices simpler than ever
  • Preferences dialog has been simplified and now fully conforms to the Mac OS style
  • Virtual machine configuration dialog has been simplified and redesigned
  • Crystal mode is an extension for Coherence
  • Improved animation when switching between the Coherence, Full Screen, and Window modes
Mac Keyboard Shortcuts in Coherence Mode
  • Don't worry about learning Windows keyboard shortcuts: Use Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts to make Windows applications work the way you do
  • Mac OS shortcuts can be used to manage Windows applications when using Crystal mode
  • Arrow icon in the Mac menu bar for customizing Windows tray icons in Coherence
Make Windows More Like A Mac
  • Use Apple Gestures in Windows applications, map your keyboard shortcuts, or use Apple Remote to control Windows programs
  • Support for Multi-Touch trackpad gestures in Windows applications (yes, even 4-finger ones
  • Easily organize and view all open windows in stunning style with Exposé
  • Use Spaces to group windows and reduce clutter

Immersive Gaming and Graphics

Enhanced 3D Graphics
  • Up to 80% faster than in Parallels Desktop 5
  • Use a wide variety of design programs and games with DirectX 9.0c/9Ex and Shader Model 3 support
  • Parallels Desktop 6 boots Windows more than 2 times faster than VMware Fusion 3.1
  • Parallels Desktop 6 scores more than 2 times better on 3D graphics performance than VMware Fusion 3.1
Seamless Gaming and Video Action
  • Enhanced DirectX 9 support for better gaming experience
  • Support for OpenGL extensions available in Mac OS X 10.6.4 Snow Leopard
  • Support for Xorg 1.8 in Linux virtual machines, including Fedora 13 and Open SUSE 11.3
  • Fixed OpenGL support in Ubuntu 10.04 virtual machines
Added Support for Surround Sound 5.1
  • Immerse yourself in games, movies, and music with Surround Sound 5.1 support for Windows 7, Windows XP, and Windows Vista
  • Use any external Surround Sound 5.1 USB or FireWire device simultaneously in your Mac and the virtual machine
In the Box
Parallels Desktop 6 Software for Mac
  • Installation Guide
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 for Windows
  • Kaspersky Anti-Virus for Mac
  • Acronis True Image Home 2010
  • Acronis Disc Direktor 2011 Home
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    Parallels PDFM6XL-OEM10DVD-EN specs

    Application Virtualization
    Compatibility Intel Macs
    System Requirements Computer: 1.66 GHz or greater Intel Mac
    Operating System: Mac OS X 10.5.8, 10.6.3
    Memory: 1GB (2GB recommended); Support for any memory configuration, up to 16GB, without modifying your host system
    Hard Drive: 500MB (15GB per virtual machine)
    Hardware: CD-ROM drive
    Display: 16-bit or 32-bit display adapter
    Internet Connection: Required for software updates
    Operating Systems Supported
      32-bit Operating Systems:

    • Windows 7

    • Windows Vista SP 0, SP 1, SP 2

    • Windows Server 2008 R2, SP2, SP1, SP0

    • Windows Server 2003 R2, SP2, SP1, SP0

    • Windows XP Professional SP3, SP2, SP1, SP0

    • Windows XP Home SP3, SP2, SP1, SP0

    • Windows 2000 Professional SP4

    • Windows 2000 Server SP4

    • Windows NT 4.0 Server SP6

    • Windows NT 4.0 Workstation SP6

    • Windows ME

    • Windows 98 SE

    • Windows 95

    • Windows 3.11

    • MS-DOS 6.22

    • Red Hat Enterprise 5.x, 4.x

    • Fedora 13, 12

    • Ubuntu 10.04, 9.10, 9.04, 8.10

    • CentOS 5.x, 4.x

    • Debian 5.0

    • Suse Linux Enterprise Server 11, 10 SP2

    • Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop 11

    • OpenSUSE Linux 11.x

    • Mandriva 2010, 2009

    • Solaris 10

    • Open Solaris 2009.06

    • FreeBSD 8.x, 7.x

    • OS/2 Warp 4.5, 4

    • eComStation 1.2

    • Mac OS X Leopard Server 10.5.x

    • Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server 10.6.x

    64-bit Operating Systems:

    • Windows 7

    • Windows Vista SP 0, SP 1, SP 2

    • Windows Server 2008 R2, SP2, SP1, SP0

    • Windows Server 2003 R2, SP2, SP1, SP0

    • Windows XP Professional SP2

    • Red Hat Enterprise 5.x

    • Fedora 13, 12

    • Ubuntu 10.04,9.10,9.04,8.10

    • CentOS 5.x

    • Debian 5.0

    • Suse Linux Enterprise Server 11, 10 SP2

    • Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop 11

    • OpenSUSE Linux 11.x

    • Mandriva 2010, 2009

    • Solaris 10

    • Open Solaris 2009.06

    • FreeBSD 8.x,7.x

    • Mac OS X Leopard Server 10.5.x

    • Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server 10.6.x
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.05 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.2 x 5.1 x 0.3"

    Parallels PDFM6XL-OEM10DVD-EN reviews

    Desktop 6 Software for Mac is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 158.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Useful tool for anyone making the switch Desktop 6 is a must have for anyone making the switch from HP to Mac. So many of the programs that exist for HP are virtually useless on a Mac without it. If I couldn't run some of the programs I've gotten used to, I think I'd go crazy. It's easy to use and you never really have to think about it being there. Without installing this product, it would have been difficult for me to use some of the files I need from my old computer on the new one. It's helped me make full use of my laptop and I'm thankful for it. The only issue I had was the fact that it took a little while to install (longer than I thought it would) but other than that, it's run seamlessly.
    Date published: 2011-04-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from No Expresscard34 I use the macbook pro for IT work, web design, and audio recording. In roughly that order. I am disapointed that they got rid of the expresscard34 slot last year on this model. It limits the connectivity to pro level audio gear, such as apogee, to firewire only. I really like Mac OS and the hardware is solid and well engineered. That said, I wish the front edge had more of an ergonomic curve to it. I run WIN7 as a VM so I can view windows browsers like firefox and IE. Another con is that Macbook Pros have the CPU chip soldered in, so you cant DIY your way into a faster macbook down the road. Something I have done on Lenovos several times.
    Date published: 2010-12-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Does the job. I use Parallels to run Quicken under Windows XP. With 3GB RAM in my old MacBook Pro, running Parallels alongside Mac programs was a struggle. However, with 8GB RAM in my new machine, everything works beautifully. I have not yet encountered a problem, even with XP and Quicken running alongside Aperture, Safari, Mail, Skype and a few other odds and ends. It was easy to install as an upgrade. Once installed, it is easy to forget it is running. I find it helpful, though, to shut down Quicken each night, and to suspend or shut down Windows, too. The fresh start seems to smooth things. This is the way to go if you need Windows while you use Mac software simultaneously.
    Date published: 2011-02-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Parallels Desktop 6 This software suite is an essential tool for individuals cutting over into the Mac OS world from Windows. It runs flawlessly within Intel-based Mac OS systems providing you the opportunity to run Windows, Linux, or any IBM x86-based OS. The great thing about it is that it runs in parallel allowing you to access your guest hosts seamlessly avoiding the reboots required for Bootcamp. This suite also affords you the ability to avoid theidiosyncrasies associated with sharing information, application integration, and the overall experience typically associated withguest OS virtualization software.
    Date published: 2011-02-13
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Sorry folks I can't praise I intended to use this product to make my existing Windows 7 operational in a Virtual Machine running under Mac Snow Leopard. I bought Parallels and also received a copy with my MacBook purchase. I never got close to making it work on my MacBook. It installed correctly on the Mac and Windows but never talked to each other. Please realize that the Parallels product support team is tremendous. They communicated with me extensively and even initiated the contact. In the future, if they hire a good technical writer, and he/she focuses on steps that can fail, the documentation and install process may run more smoothly.
    Date published: 2011-01-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Windows apps on your mac Really in most cases there are great native Mac OS apps for you Mac. Parallels Desktop is handy when you need something from Windows world on your mac and you cannot find similar app for Mac. Overall it's pretty easy to use; productivity is about what you can expect from virtual machine (tried on MBP 13 2011 - Core i5). MacBook may become pretty warm (and even maybe hot) when using this software actively. Coherence mode is quite impressive. Start of software takes time if you used to shutdown virtual machine instead of suspending. Windows not included of course.
    Date published: 2011-05-18
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from VMWare Is Better There's a little known dirty secret about Parallels 6 that makes it a non-starter for me. You are headed for trouble if you want to run a device such as an external sound interface (SoundBlaster, etc) that uses proprietary drivers for proper operation. Parallels won't let you do this. You're stuck using Parallels-supplied drivers which limit the functionality to a standard Windows sound interface (volume control only with no special effects, sampling frequency selection, etc.) The VMWare product allows you to use any Windows-compatible driver package, meaning that you'll get full functionality of any Windows hardware you connect to your computer. Forget Parallels. Get VMWare instead.
    Date published: 2011-09-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 22nd century computer: the imac i3 27 i cannot believe how intuitive the set up is on this desktop computer, and how fast all the programs i am running on it (often at the same time!). the ultra high dp makes this amazing to view any form of video, especially hd...photography literally bursts out of your screen it is so detailed... i cannot emphasize how pleased i am with this machine, i feel like i could almost transport myself through the internet to far flung and exotic locations at the click of a button...
    Date published: 2011-01-04
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