Friday, 7 September 2018

[Product Launch] Parallels Desktop 14 (Latest Version)

The leading desktop virtualisation software that enables users to run Windows on Mac, Parallels, has just launch its latest version - the Parallels Desktop 14

The Parallels Desktop 14 offers significant storage savings, faster launch times, improved graphics and the latest versions of Parallels Toolbox for Windows or Mac. Through Parallels Desktop 14, customers now have access to more Windows features on Mac than ever before.



Some of the highlights are;

Enhanced Storage Optimisation: Typically, virtual machines are large and storage optimisation is a great feature when running both Windows and Mac simultaneously. New Free Up Disk Space dialog that suggests storage-saving actions now better handles multiple virtual machines. 

Support for Microsoft Ink Continues: Parallels Desktop 14 continue to include support for Microsoft Ink on Microsoft Office for Windows documents on a Mac, including pressure-sensitive support in applications such as PowerPoint, Microsoft Edge, CorelDRAW, Fresh Paint, Leonardo, openCanvas and Photoshop for Windows.


Preconfigured Touch Bar Support for the following Windows Applications: Microsoft Visio and OneNote, SketchUp, AutoCAD, Revit, Quicken, QuickBooks and Visual Studio. They join current Parallels Desktop Touch Bar sets for Windows applications, including: Office 2016 (MicrosoftWord, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook), Windows Start Menu and desktop (Cortana, Task View and TaskBar pinned elements), File Explorer (File Open and Save As settings), ArcGIS and web browsers (InternetExplorer, Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and Vivaldi).


Personalised Touch Bar: The Parallels Desktop Touch Bar Wizard makes it easy for users to customise the Touch Bar for thousands of Windows applications, so their function key shortcuts are at their fingertips when using the applications. Additionally, with the use of Touch Bar XML Authoring, users can further personalise the Touch Bar with their own customised function key shortcuts for their favorite Windows applications.

macOS Mojave–Ready: Parallels Desktop 14 supports Dark Mode. Quick Look issued on Windows files now shows quick actions. Support for additional Mojave features, which are currently in development, will be tested, finalised and introduced around the forthcoming public release of Mojave. The Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac installation image, which is notarised by Apple®, will be seen by users when it is installed on Mojave.

Enhanced Graphic Support and 4K Shared Camera Support: Parallels Desktop 14 now features improved OpenGL support for enhanced graphics, with notable improvements in SketchUp 2017/2018, CTVox, DIALux 8 and OriginLab. All view modes have been improved in terms of speed and memory usage, which is especially important when working on multiple high-resolution external displays, including those of 5K resolutions. Unused virtual video memory is now effectively returned to Mac system memory. Auto mode for graphics allows Windows to use more than 2 GB of Mac system memory for video purposes, while allowing Windows applications to use it when possible. Additionally, users now get a better frame rate in video conferencing and can use shared camera technology with cameras that support up to 4K resolutions.

Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition: New Business Edition features include enhanced management, plus security and licensing portals. Additional improvements also made to the Smart card readers, administrators invitation to user via email, replace existing virtual machines in Deployment Mode to streamline productivity, faster start up of applications deployed in the Single Application mode along with a new splash screen, and a new “My Account” portal.

More than 30+ Single-Click Utilities from Parallels Toolbox for Windows and Mac including screenshot of lengthy webpages, check and reclaim RAM memory through Free Memory tool, as well as resizing images to the desired file size and format.

Better Performance: Up to 200 percent performance improvement on the iMac Pro®, up to 80 percent faster application launch, up to 10 percent faster boot time, up to 30 percent faster suspend operation on APFS partition, up to 130 percent more frames per second in Shared Camera, and up to 17 percent more frames per second in Coherence view mode. The CPU usage indicator has been added to the title bar to give a better understanding of high CPU usage in Windows. Resource Monitor is completely redesigned to show Mac resources along with the impact that multiple virtual machines have on them.


The Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac, Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac Pro Edition and Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition are available for subscribers and upgraders from Parallels Desktop 12 and 13 (parallels.com/upgradepd14), as well as new customers, online at parallels.com/desktop and at local retail and online stores worldwide. There is a Free 14-day full-featured trials available for download.

The recommended retail price (RRP) of Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac is US$79.99 for an annual subscription or US$99.99 for a perpetual license. Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition and Business Edition are each available to new customers for US$99.99 per year. Parallels Desktop 12 and 13 perpetual license customers can upgrade to Parallels Desktop 14 for US$49.99, or upgrade to a Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition subscription for US$49.99 per year. Parallels Desktop subscriptions include a complimentary concurrent subscription to Parallels Toolbox for Mac or Windows (parallels.com/toolbox), as well as Parallels Access® (parallels.com/access).

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