VirtualBox 3. Parallels 5 Desktop for Mac I tested build solves both problems, while adding features and improving performance. Among the most notable of those new features: Learn more about macOS Catalina ] Installing both Windows and Linux is easy in Parallels; it has assistants that automate the process for both. It also installs Parallels Tools, which handles the task of mouse integration between the guest OS and Mac OS, as well as allowing easy guest desktop resizing by resizing the guest OS window. There are a couple aspects of installing guest OSes that could be improved.
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VirtualBox 3. Parallels 5 Desktop for Mac I tested build solves both problems, while adding features and improving performance. Among the most notable of those new features: Learn more about macOS Catalina ] Installing both Windows and Linux is easy in Parallels; it has assistants that automate the process for both.
It also installs Parallels Tools, which handles the task of mouse integration between the guest OS and Mac OS, as well as allowing easy guest desktop resizing by resizing the guest OS window. There are a couple aspects of installing guest OSes that could be improved. First, every time you create a new virtual machine, Parallels creates an alias to that virtual machine on your OS X Desktop.
For someone expecting a standard Windows interface after installation, this can be disconcerting. In addition, OpenGL acceleration is included in Linux guests, enabling full visual effects such as windows that deform when dragged in Linux systems such as Ubuntu 9.
Parallels is alone in its support for OpenGL 2. I found the Aero effects worked very smoothly in Windows 7 on my Mac Pro. As with its competitors, Parallels handles typical office productivity applications with ease, in both Windows and Linux.
Microsoft Office Windows and OpenOffice Linux both ran well, and had no troubles with the mixture of spreadsheets and documents I tried opening and editing in both.
Web browsers and e-mail clients also performed well; if this is the extent of your virtual machine needs, Parallels 5 will easily meet your requirements. Parallels 5 was also the fastest of the three programs I tested in the vast majority of the benchmark tests I ran—including the all-important real-world tests. Whether it was copying files to or from the Mac, or expanding zip archives, Parallels easily outpaced its competition.
As one example, copying 2. That same task took nearly two minutes in VirtualBox, and about a minute and a half in Fusion. Suspending, waking, booting, and shutting down were all quickest in Parallels, too. In Fusion, the same experiment worked just fine—so one tradeoff of the faster sleep time in Parallels is, at least in my testing, an inability to sleep and then resume a 3D game. This may not be an issue with all games, but it was in the two I tested with.
Like Fusion 3, Parallels 5 offers improved multi-monitor support, treating two displays as separate monitors in Windows, and as one large gargantuan display in Linux. Adding a third screen to the mix worked perfectly in Windows. Pull-down corners ease working in full-screen mode To make working in full-screen mode easier, Parallels 5 lets you specify behaviors for mousing into the four screen corners—you can switch to one of the other available view modes, or show the Parallels menu bar.
New looks for Windows Parallels 5 features a new view mode, Crystal, along with a new Mac-like theme for use within Windows. Crystal view mode takes Coherence mode one step further. Instead, a menu bar icon lets you change view modes, see the Windows Start menu, or work with attached devices.
Any open windows will be integrated with your OS X windows, as in Coherence mode. Both of these features work as expected in Fusion. I also found that dragging windows around in Crystal mode, when using an Aero theme in Windows 7, was quite laggy on my Mac Pro. You apply MacLook via the View menu, and Parallels then works for a minute or two to install the theme. Because not every element in Windows is themable, what MacLook winds up giving you is a series of different-looking windows within Windows—some look something like OS X windows, others look like native Windows windows, and still others look like some strange Frankenstinian mixture of the two.
I was able to resolve that issue by using the Personalization section of Windows preferences to pick a stock Aero theme. Graphics and gaming Parallels Desktop 5 has a very good engine for gaming. I had excellent results with older games, and very good results even with more-recent releases. The demo version of Call of Duty 4, which I was unable to run with decent frame rates in Fusion, ran acceptably albeit at minimum levels of detail after some tweaking in Parallels. All game tests were done in Windows 7, to stress the virtual machine as much as possible.
For example, I was able to play the MotoGP 08 demo with good frame rates in a x window, though the audio did stutter a bit. More impressively, Microsoft Flight Simulator X, a program that just a few years ago required a high-end PC to run at all, ran admirably well in Parallels.
The audio was mostly stutter free, and the frame rate in a xsized window was more than acceptable in the missions I tested.
I was watching for visual glitches, listening for any disruption in audio playback, and tracking CPU usage to see how each virtual machine handled the task. The one-CPU Windows 7 box had a bit more variation in frame rate than did the two-CPU machines, but it was very hard to spot unless watching the video back-to-back which I did, many times.
In Parallels Desktop 5, those drivers no longer appear, preventing possible user confusion. Rotation gestures also worked as expected on the images. The VM settings panel is a bit intimidating due to all of Parallels' features As you can probably tell from the features described in this review, Parallels is a feature-rich program.
Take the virtual machine Configuration panel, for instance, which contains 15 separate sections. Or the Preferences panel, which includes 11 separate tabs, some of which contain a large number of items that can be configured. While these sections and tabs are relatively well laid out, the sheer number of choices can cause confusion.
Instead, you define the shortcuts in the Preferences panel, where you can set up definitions for Windows, Linux, OS X, and generic guests.