Parallels Desktop for Mac build 3170 RC3 is now available for download.
Additional details and download information is available on this page: http://www.parallels.com/products/desktop/beta_testing/
PLEASE REMEMBER: this is Release Candidate software. While this build gives you the rough understanding of the final set of features to be available in Final Release later on, it is still a â€œCandidateâ€ and thus is still not recommended for production use. Do backup your virtual machines before trying them with this build.
This build provides several very important fixes to the problems found in previous Betas and Release Candidates:
* Windows Vista Upgrade support added. If youâ€™re planning to upgrade your Windows XP installation to Vista, shut down your guest OS and go to Actions->Prepare Windows Vista Upgradeâ€¦ menu item. Parallels Desktop will tune your Virtual Machine and start it. All you need to do is to wait till Windows XP is loaded, insert Windows Vista CD and start the upgrade.
* Global Sharing option is now disabled by default. We believe the feature has received enough testing already. From now on, you make the decision to enable real drag-and-drop or not. The new behavior is :
* On your first drag and drop attempt you will be prompted to choose whether youâ€™d like to enable Global/Local sharing or just copy the file to Windows.
* The difference between Global and Local sharing are:
**Global Sharing - shares the whole Mac filesystem.
NOTE! Global sharing is forcibly disabled for all existing RC1 and RC2 installations upon RC3 upgrade.
**Local Sharing - shares only your Home folder(a nice enhancement request we had received from beta testers.)
* USB fixes. Both stability fixes and new devices support. Feel free to check your favorite device with RC3 and report to us if it still doesnâ€™t work (email@example.com).
* Mac OS X 10.5 â€œLeopardâ€ experimental support. The best virtualization solution for Mac is now available for early Leopard adopters.
* And many other fixesâ€¦
Once again I would like to encourage you to send your bug reports to firstname.lastname@example.org mailbox. Be it non-working USB device, a description of your Boot Camp installation that fails to boot inside Parallels Desktop box or the specific application that is not handled correctly by Coherence â€“ we are interested in any feedback that lets us improve Parallels Desktop and deliver the best one to you!
Tim and the Parallels Team