10 Ask Ben Anything – CAD, iSight, deploying Parallels across a network

Dear Ben:

I have read a review on the Apple Website which says that Desktop for Mac is
not very good with graphics programmes only basic. I use CAD applications a lot. Will they run as quickly as they would on my PC?

Andrew M.

If you’re using CAD to draft blueprints and other basic 2D tasks, you should be fine. If you’re looking to do complex 3D rendering, you may have some problems, as Parallels does not yet support hardware accelerated 3D graphics. However, as I’ve mentioned before, we’re in development for this feature now, and should have a working beta in a few months.

Will my iSight camera work in XP under Parallels?

Randy A.

Not yet. Getting the iSight working in Windows is related to USB 2.0 support, which we’re working on for our next version. Hang tight for a few more weeks!

Hey Ben –

I’ve got about 40 Macs in house, and I want to roll out Parallels to all of them. What’s the easiest/fastest way to do this? Please keep in mind that we’re not very techie over here – that’s why we’re on mostly on Mac, not Windows! 🙂

Jason K.

We get this question a lot. Fortunately, we’ve made installing Windows really, really easy. Here’s how to get started:

    • Have each employee download install a copy of Parallels Desktop to their local machine
    • Arm them with XP. Use our new Installation Assistant to install Windows with a single click, so they don’t have to worry about messing up the install. All they’ll need to do is enter their Windows Product Key, name, and company, and click “finish”. In about 30 minutes they’ll be ready to roll with XP.
    • Install applications and get to work!
8 Ask Ben Anything – Sharing VMs, USB 2.0/3D graphics, Tools for Linux

Can I share one VM between 2 users on Mac OSX?

– Aly

You sure can. However, keep in mind that if one user is logged in to a virtual machine, the other user won’t be able to. You’ll have to use it one at a time. Alternatively, you could clone the VM, and each user could have their own copy.

Can you give us an update on USB 2.0 and 3D graphics?

– doszens of Anonymous readers

We’re still working on both and are still planning on including these in our next version of Parallels Worktation and Parallels Desktop. Beta launch for these products are still slated for around the turn of the year.

Will there be Parallels Tools for Linux? I use PD to test Ubuntu distributions, so mouse & clipboard synchronization would make my life a lot easier.

– Mike

This is something that we’ve recently received a lot of requests for, so we’re in the process of evaluating the best way to make this happen. Its in the works, and I’ll update you with a release timeframe when I get one from Development.

15 Installing Windows on a Mac is now Easier than Installing Windows on a PC!

As of today, its now easier to install Windows on a Mac than it is to install Windows on a PC! That’s due to the inclusion of our new Installation Assistant into today’s build of Parallels Desktop for Mac.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Click the “Install OS” button on the main configuration screen and select “Express Windows Installation”.
  2. Select which version of Windows – XP or Vista – you’d like to install.
  3. Enter your personal information and Windows Product Key and click “Finish”.

That’s it! 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.

This is one of the coolest new features that we’ve included in a while, and its included FREE in every copy of Parallels Desktop for Mac!

The new build also includes a great new “Shared Networking” mode that enables you to get your virtual machine online, regardless of what type of internet connection you’re using. Shared Networking works by hiding your virtual machine IP addresses behind your Mac’s IP, meaning that even connections like DSL or Cable modems that only allow 1 IP to register will work with virtual machines. In short, it means that if your Mac is connected to the internet, so is your virtual machine. No manual configuration required.

If you’re a customer, your copy of Parallels Desktop for Mac will auto-update. If you have auto-update disabled, or if you’re new to Parallels and want to try our free 15-day trial, you can download it here.

If you’re already a user, remember to manually change your networking option to Shared Networking, and be sure to reinstall Parallels Tools!

0 Podcast Interview with Virtual Strategy Magazine

For an in-depth look (or, listen, as the case may be) at the Mac virtualization market, check out my recent podcast interview with Brian Ducharme, Editor in Chief of Virtual Strategy Magazine.

If you’re into virtualization, Virtual Strategy Magazine is a great resource. They do an excellent job of aggregating industry news, and are always among the first to break stories on hot new products and companies. Check out their home page to see what’s going on, or to sign up for their podcast series or RSS feed.

1 Parallels Workstation Replaces VMWare Players in Sentillion’s vThere

Earlier today we announced a major partnership with Sentillion, in which Parallels Workstation will replace VMWare Player as the virtualization engine powering vThere 2.0, an incredibly cool server-less remote-access solution. Check out the flash demo at and you’ll see what I mean.

Sentillion looked to Parallels as a partner for vThere because VMWare Players it simply wasn’t meeting their customers’ needs. Using the Player-powered product was often too complicated for the average user, and the Player’s performance wasn’t as snappy as they would have liked.

With the move to Parallels, those isses are completely eliminated. And, you won’t have to wait long to start using the new, Parallels Workstation-powered vThere solution; it hits the market in just a few weeks!

For more information on the partnership, you can read the official press release, or check out Jeff Burt’s recent eWeek feature, “Sentillion, Parallels Partner on Desktop Virtualization.”

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