Wednesday, 6 June 2007

Parallels 3.0

The new version of Parallells (Windows on a Mac) is apparently only days away from shipping. I haven’t tested the beta but have pre-ordered my copy because it contains a major new feature on my wish list which is DirectX emulation. The main reason I need to reboot into my Bootcamp partition is DirectX which is a hassle.

Whether it will be fast enough for gamers remains to be seen. There must be some overheads translating DirectX instructions to draw onto the Mac display although there are videos around of it running Quake 4 quite respectably.

In addition Snapshots (à la VM Ware) will also be added to Parallels 3 as well as a new feature called SmartSelect which allows you to assign filetypes to open an application in either OS X or Windows. For example, MS Word files double-clicked in either OS X or Windows can be set to always open in the Windows version Word.

I’m looking forward to trying 3.0 out with Vista on the Mac in the next week or so and see how it copes with Aero.

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