Parallels adds Installation Assistant,Shared Networking in Build 1970

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Parallels today released Parallels Installation Assistant, a utility to ease the installation process of Microsoft Windows on a Mac. The software comes as part of Parallels Desktop for Mac, the company’s solution for running PC operating systems alongside Mac OS X without the need to reboot on any Intel-based Mac.

The Installation Assistant will complete the entire installation process for you – you won’t have to select any configurations, answer and questions, or make decisions about partitions or options. Just sit back, relax, and wait for the Assistant to finish.

The Installation Assistant also automatically installs Parallels Tools, a useful set of add-ons that enable file sharing, cutting/pasting/copyings between OSes, syncs your mouse and system clock, and improves networking, video and sound performance.

Windows Vista running on Mac OS X using Parallels Desktop for Mac.

Shared Networking enables multiple IP addresses to appear as one IP address on a network and effectively hides virtual machines from the outside world, making them far less likely to be the victim of a hacker attack.

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Here are the new and updated features:

  • New! Installation Assislant built-in tool included.
  • New! Shared Networking
  • Works on ANY Intel-Mac with ANY memory configuration with no system
    modification. This includes Mac Pro towers with up to 16GB of RAM, and
    the full line of Core 2 Duo iMacs
  • New! Compatibility with developer build of Mac OS X 10.5, code-named “Leopard”
  • New! Support for Windows Vista
  • Solaris guest OS no longer hangs after suspend/resume
  • An improved Parallels Tools package
  • Full support for OpenBSD 3.8 as a guest operating system
  • G4U hard disk cloning tool now works in virtual machines
  • Better video output improvement and acceleration
  • Added multi interface USB devices support (including Windows Mobile 2005 devices)
  • Added isochronous USB devices support (including WebCam devices)
  • Keyboard support improvement: Eject CD key support, left/right Shift/Ctrl/Alt (Option)/Windows keys difference support
  • Added virtual disk cache policy option: Mac OS X performance optimized or guest OS performance optimized
  • Image Tool fixes
  • Optimized disk cache policy for Suspend/Resume feature
  • Windows ME Suspend/Resume fix
  • Shared Folders first time access acceleration
  • Clipboard synchronization tool fixes (unreadable symbols sometimes added during copy and paste)
  • Sound playback and recording improvement

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