New Parallels Desktop 3.0 Open Beta

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  1. spectre

    spectre Parallels Team

    New Parallels Desktop 3.0 for Mac Build 5540 Open Beta

    Dear Customers,

    We are glad to announce that Parallels begins new Open Beta-testing Program on the coming update for Parallels Desktop 3.0 for Mac Build 5540.

    "RENTON, Wash. October 29th, 2007 -- Parallels, Inc., has released a new beta version of its award-winning Parallels Desktop for Mac, the worlds leading desktop virtualization product, that is certified to work with Mac OS X Leopard, delivering better performance and enhanced usability when running both Windows Vista and XP on a Mac. The new build enables current Parallels Desktop users to upgrade to Leopard more easily, and makes it simple for new users to start using OS X and Windows simultaneously." - read the full Press Release for more details.

    You can learn more details on the Beta Program in the dedicated Public Beta Forums Section
    Please keep in mind that this software version is considered Beta in all aspects and you shouldn't use it for any mission critical tasks or production purposes.

    == What's New in Parallels Desktop 3.0 for Mac Beta (Build 5540) ==

    * '''Mac OS X Leopard support'''
    ** Mount virtual disks to Mac desktop
    * '''Virtualization Engine'''
    ** SMBios support
    ** Significant Windows Vista and Windows XP performance improvement
    * '''Network'''
    ** Port forwarding support for Shared Networking implemented
    * '''User interface'''
    ** Support for "~" in paths (to HDD, Shared Folders and such) implemented
    * '''Virtual devices'''
    ** Possibility to use two identical CD/DVD drives in VM implemented
    * '''Video and 3D'''
    ** DirectX and OpenGL performance improved
    * '''Parallels Transporter'''
    ** Migrate Windows from your Boot Camp partition to a Parallels virtual disk image

    == Bugfixes and improvements in Parallels Desktop 3.0 for Mac Beta (Build 5540) ==

    * '''Primary OS support'''
    ** Wrong disk permissions after installing Parallels Desktop - fixed
    ** Applications icons are not shown in Dock on Leopard - fixed
    * '''Stability and resources usage'''
    ** Sound related segmentation faults: troubles when playing in PokerStars, browsing the Web - fixed
    ** Segmentation fault when deleting Snapshot in inactive state of Guest OS - fixed
    ** Windows Experience Index is not counted properly in Vista - fixed
    * '''Coherence'''
    ** Windows Taskbar behavior in various view modes - corrected
    ** Command key doesn't call Windows Start Menu if Windows Taskbar is hidden - fixed
    ** Visual Studio 2005 taskbar jumps over the screen when moving it - fixed
    ** Cursor jumping about in AutoCAD - fixed
    ** Visual Studio hangs when moving toolbox panel - fixed
    ** Visual Studio debugger hits breakpoint when running in Coherence - fixed
    ** Black rectangle instead of Start button in Vista - fixed
    * '''Parallels Tools'''
    ** Error 5009 appears during Parallels Tools installation - fixed
    ** MIDIoverLAN CP 3.2 doesn't work with Bridged networking - fixed
    ** Parallels Tools installation on SuSE 9.3 guest fails - fixed
    ** Wealth In Motion failed to register throught the network - fixed
    ** Wrong key codes conversion - fixed
    ** Japanese Input Method (MSIME) doesn't display convert candidates on a pop-up window correctly - fixed
    * '''Disks and folders sharing'''
    ** Some 3rd party applications can not be installed/uninstalled with Shared Profile enabled - fixed
    * '''Virtual devices'''
    ** CD/DVD drive detection for some Linux distributives is broken - fixed
    * '''Video and 3D'''
    ** Video memory size inside VM and in VM settinigs are not always similar - fixed
    ** CatiaV5R16: Error on startup - fixed
    ** 3DMark 2001 benchmark mode causes segmentation fault - fixed
    ** No textures in some games on nVidia graphic cards - fixed
    ** DirectX and OpenGL performance - improved
    ** Lots of application compatibility fixes
    * '''Parallels Image Tool'''
    ** Disk package permissions corruption during split operation - fixed

    == Known issues in Parallels Desktop 3.0 for Mac Beta (Build 5540) ==

    * '''Stability and resources usage'''
    ** Windows disks may be not correctly mounted to Leopard
    ** Problems may occur when suspending a virtual machine with running OpenGL application
    ** Accidental BSODs on Vista may occur
    ** Mounted USB device may seriously increase CPU usage
    ** In rare cases, Windows Vista may be frozen while going to sleep
    ** Windows NT4 hangs while trying to change screen resolution
    * '''Suspend/Resume'''
    ** Slow resume still may be noticed
    * '''Coherence'''
    ** Small artefacts in Expose' may appear
    ** Leopard Spaces are not fully supported
    * '''Parallels Tools'''
    ** Parallels Tools Center sometimes may use 100% CPU after drag-and-drop operation
    ** Sometimes clipboard synchronization doesn't work
    * '''Shared Applications and SmartSelect'''
    ** Sharing Mac Applications may not be turned off
    * '''Video and 3D'''
    ** Windows Media Player doesn`t work in IE on Vista
    * '''Parallels Transporter'''
    ** Vista Boot Camp migration via network may fail (if Vista launched in Parallels Desktop)
    * '''Parallels Explorer&Mounter'''
    ** Mounter doesn't work on Leopard
    ** Incorrect disk size may be displayed
    ** Transmission between different columns with keyboard is not available yet
    Last edited by a moderator: Oct 30, 2007
  2. spectre

    spectre Parallels Team

    New beta build 5570 is available - read the details here.
  3. Ben @ Parallels

    Ben @ Parallels Member

    RC (build 5580) is ready for download!

    Hi guys -

    RC (build 5580) is live! This means that we're very, very close to a final release!

    As with all Parallels updates, this one will be 100% free to our entire 3.0 user base, and you should receive it automatically via auto-update when it goes live.

    The build number is 5580, and you can get it here.
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