Parallels Desktop for Mac Update Beta2 (Build 3094)

There are a lot of features and enhancements introduced in this Beta, such as:

  • NEW!  USB 2.0 support – “Plug and play” popular USB devices like external hard drives, printers, and scanners, and use them at full native speed.
    • NOTE! Current Build 3094 doesn’t support isochronous devices such as web cameras, microphones, etc.
  • NEW!  Full-feature virtual CD/DVD drive – Burn CDs and DVDs directly in virtual machines, and play any copy-protected CD or DVD just like you would on a real PC
  • NEW!  Improved Coherence mode – The groundbreaking feature that lets you run Windows applications without seeing Windows just got better! Now you can:
    • Place Windows applications on your Mac desktop or in your application dock.  Just click to launch them directly from OS X!
    • Use Command+tab to cycle through Windows and Mac applications
      simultaneously, and “hide and show” Windows applications just like you
      would with Mac applications
    • View the Windows Command Console in Coherence mode
    • Use Coherence in Windows 2000, Windows 2003, Windows XP and Windows Vista!
  • NEW!  Better Boot Camp support – Using your Boot Camp partition in Parallels Desktop is now easier than ever. Beta2’s Boot Camp support includes:
    • Full support for FAT32 and NTFS partitions
    • Easy offline configuration.  Simply tell Parallels Desktop
      that you want to create a virtual machine from a Boot Camp Partition
      and click start. No complicated set up required!
    • No need to re-activate Windows each time you switch between
      Boot Camp and Parallels.  Activate Windows only once inside Parallels
      and work in both environments
    • IMPORTANT!  It is not possible to suspend a Virtual Machine that is connected to Boot Camp as it could result in an unstable system.
    • VERY IMPORTANT!  Beta1
      (build 3036) users must boot natively into Boot Camp and uninstall
      Parallels Tools for Boot Camp prior to running it in Beta2 (build 3094).
  • NEW!  Parallels Transporter Beta2 bundled – migrate your real Windows PC, or existing VMware or Virtual PC VMs to Parallels virtual machines! Learn more about Parallels Transporter Beta2 >>
    • IMPORTANT!  Beta1
      users MUST upgrade their Transporter package on their Windows source
      machine before using Parallels Transporter in Beta2. Failing to do so
      may result in a system crash and loss of data



Gran Paradiso Alpha 1 – Firefox 3.0

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Gecko 1.9 Alpha 1 introduces several new features which can be tested by using Gran Paradiso Alpha 1:

  • Cairo is now being used as the default graphics library, affecting all graphic and text rendering
  • Cocoa Widgets are now used in OS X builds
  • An updated threading model
  • Changes to how DOM events are dispatched (see bug 234455)
  • Changes to how <object> elements are loaded (see bug 1156)
  • Changes to how web pages are painted
  • New SVG elements and filters, and improved SVG specification compliance

Some of the changes in Gecko 1.9 Alpha 1 will affect the web and platform compatibility of Gran Paradiso Alpha 1:

  • Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows ME are no longer supported platforms
  • OS X 10.2 is no longer supported, and OS X 10.3.9 or higher is recommended
  • Moving DOM nodes between documents now requires a call to importNode or adoptNode as per the DOM specification.



New Parallels Beta Build 3036 Released


Parallels has released a new beta, build 3036, that sports a heap of
long awaited features that have been highly requested. Some of these
features include booting from, reading, and writing to Boot Camp
partitions as well something called Coherency. Coherency is an awesome
new feature that allows you to run your Windows applications from
Parallels, right on top of Mac OS X. Tim Sugent from the Parallels Forum provides us with more details on the update:

  • New Look and Feel and Improved Usability.
    Completely redesigned windows and dialogues to make them even easier
    and smooth. Too many changes to describe – just check them out
  • Virtual Machines Catalogue. A very
    useful feature for those having more than one VM – now all of them are
    available through centralized VM catalogue which appears on each
    Parallels Desktop for Mac instance start in case you have more than one
  • One-click Virtual Machine Aliases:
    • Automatically created by OS installation assistant or by drag-and-drop from title bar pressing Command-Option keys combination
    • Clicking on Alias automatically starts the Virtual Machine
    • Shutting down the VM automatically closes Parallels Desktop for Mac application
  • Resizeable Main Window. Resize Parallels Desktop for Mac main window as you do with any other Mac application
  • Auto-Adjusting Screen Resolution. Your Windows auto-adjusts the screen resolution to the actual Main Window size.
  • Drag and Drop files and folders between Windows and Mac. A long awaited feature that lets you seamlessly drag and drop files and folders from Windows to Mac OS X and vice versa.
  • Read/Write BootCamp partition.
    Since this build, an Apple Boot Camp partition with Windows XP
    installed could be used as a virtual HDD for Parallels Desktop for Mac.
  • Boot from BootCamp partition.
    Another long awaited feature that lets you boot your 32-bit Windows XP
    residing on Boot Camp partition directly in Parallels Desktop for Mac.
    IMPORTANT! You need to boot in your Windows XP natively through Boot Camp and install Parallels Tools for Boot Camp package in it before your first boot in Parallels Desktop for Mac.
    NOTE! It is not possible to suspend Virtual Machine connected to Boot Camp for integrity reasons.
  • Parallels Transporter Beta bundled. Migrate your Windows PC, VMware or Virtual PC VMs to Parallels virtual machines.
  • Coherency.
    Shows Windows applications as if they were Mac ones. Try it and enjoy
    best of both worlds truly at the same time. No more switching between
    Windows to Mac OS.
  • Improved graphic performance. Up to 50% on different applications.
  • Connect/disconnect USB devices schema improved. No more “wait 5-10 seconds” message on USB device connecting to Parallels Desktop for Mac.
  • Up to 5 Virtual NICs. Now Virtual Machine can have up to five virtual network interfaces.
  • Enhanced Shared Networking Mode. Run Cisco VPN and many other complicated networking applications in conjunction with Connection Sharing Mode.
  • Switch between networking modes on-the-fly. Switch networking modes while the virtual machine is running.
  • Transparent mapping of Command-AZXCV key combinations. Now you can also use Mac copy/paste key combinations in Windows.
  • Power On/Power Off/Suspend/Resume/Pause animation. Just try and see. smile.gif We’re very interested in your feedback about the feature.
  • Shared folders configuration on-the-fly. Add/remove/configure shared folders on-the-fly via menu or Status Bar icon without the need to stop your Virtual Machine.
  • Drag and Drop CD/FDD images and folders to the Parallels Desktop status bar. Just drag and drop CD or floppy image you want to connect or Mac folder you want to share onto a respective statusbar icon.
  • And dozens of other not that evident enhancements.

The new beta is available from this direct download from parallels.

Parallels has made what was once thought impossible, possible.

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Swamii – The What’s New Engine

Swamii - The what's new engine

What is Swamii?

Swamii is a personal, free-to-use service that saves you the hassle of
always searching for the same things. You tell us what you are
interested in and we’ll tell you when we find any new stuff related to
those interests. Swamii monitors the web, newspapers, peer-to-peer networks, the TV guide and more…

What can you use swamii for:

  • Keeping track of a current event as it unfolds
  • Getting an alert when anything with William Shatner in it is going to be on TV (Shatz is the new Hoff)
  • Being notified when a new Justin Timberlake video clips surfaces on YouTube or Grouper
  • Watching
    for that rare collectible Backstreet Boys LP you’ve always wanted to
    come up for sale (we just love their soulful harmonies and melodic
  • Searching for news on your geeky interest…
    you know, the one that everyone at work always mentions that you missed
    too late – “oh, did you see that article on rare, blue stamps
    yesterday? It was great!”
  • Get all the news for a particular subject in one place


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