Parallels Stealing Focus, Switching Spaces

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by Dogfish Jones, Dec 21, 2007.

  1. mssrkurtz

    mssrkurtz Junior Member

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    I think if we could get status updates on this issue it would go a long way towards making people feel better about it. This is a very annoying problem for me--so annoying that, like some of the other posters, I would jump to a competing product right now if I thought it would solve the problem.
     
  2. John@Parallels

    John@Parallels Forum Maven

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    Developers ar working on problem, I can see internal correspondence and it is active
     
  3. mssrkurtz

    mssrkurtz Junior Member

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    Is there an indication of when we might see an update?
     
  4. John@Parallels

    John@Parallels Forum Maven

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    I will post here if any
     
  5. hadfiiw

    hadfiiw Bit poster

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    I only see this happen when it first starts up if I am on a different space then the one I have picked for Parallels.

    For example, in the Spaces preferences, I have picked space 2 for Parallels to run. If I am in another space (1 for example) and launch Parallels, Spaces will jump between space 1 and 2 4-5 times. Then, when I try to click in the Parallels window to "select" one of my two images to boot, it will automatically jump back to space 1 then back to space 2 and nothing has been chosen. I usually have to grab the top of the Parallels window, move it around in space 2 for a few section to make everything calm down again. I have also seen this happen when I shut down a Windows machine in Parallels but it isn't as frequent.

    Of course, other applications do not do this. If I launch iTunes (for example) from space 1, I jump to space 4 and then stay on space 4 until *I* change the space.

    I have a Mac Pro running 10.5.5 with Parallels 5608. If you need any more info, please let me know.
     
  6. pendolino

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    can we see any progress on this without having to disable coherence mode? does anyone have workarounds for the time being?
     
  7. jasonvp

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    Any Updates Yet

    Hi John, et al -

    Parallels has just started doing this focus-stealing for me, too. So add me to the list of folks ever so slightly annoyed by it. So much so that I leave the VM shut down unless I really need it. When I'm done using it, I turn the VM back off.

    Anyway, it's been over a month and a half since your last update on this thread. Is there any progress on a fix? Are you guys trying to roll it into a new version with a bunch of other things (which will obv. take a little longer), or just adding it to a one-off patch? Hopefully it's the latter...

    Thanks!

    jas
     
  8. John@Parallels

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    Yes, we are working on it, the main problem is that it is only appearing in specific applications
     
  9. jasonvp

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    Odd. I see it happen even when no applications are running...

    jas
     
  10. John@Parallels

    John@Parallels Forum Maven

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    Let me clarify, in any case we have at least one application (in addition to Finder running)
     
  11. jasonvp

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    When you say application running, do you mean a Windows app within the VM? Or do you mean another OS X app running on the machine? When I said "no applications", I mean no Windows apps running.

    jas
     
  12. John@Parallels

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    I meant on both side, and again, on Windows side at least 30 applications (processes are running even when you see no application Windows)
     
  13. pendolino

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    use full-screen parallels rather than coherence

    i've only experienced the focus stealing when running MS outlook in coherence. note that i only really run parallels for outlook so not sure about other apps but notice that outlook constantly does this when running parallels in coherence.

    as soon as i run in full screen mode i have no issues.

    doesn't look like a solution is coming soon at the rate parallels are going.
     
  14. jasonvp

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    Right. Coherence seems to be the problem here, not any particular applications per se. I can have Windows running with no applications (I'm not talking about services. I'm talking user-initiated applications) and it'll still steal focus. Switching to full screen solves the problem. But, that's not really an adequate solution IMHO.

    jas
     
  15. John@Parallels

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    We are looking into this,
    Just reminder :)
     
  16. jasonvp

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    Well kids, just a reminder: it's fookin' annoying. Your customers are unhappy at this (and one of them is considering switching to VMWare because of it). So please double-time it and get it patched as soon as you can.

    Thanks. :)

    jas
     
  17. John@Parallels

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    Yep, it is what we are actually doing :)
     
  18. jasonvp

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    John, et al at Parallels -

    I realize that P4.0 is the new hotness right now, but it's not ready for prime time, and I can't use it. So, I need to continue using P3.0. I want to make sure that this bug is still being worked on for 3.0. Are you expecting a patch/revision release to help fix this?

    Thanks.

    jas
     
  19. mssrkurtz

    mssrkurtz Junior Member

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    Update?

    What is the status of this?
     
  20. pendolino

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    no updates here? no fix?
     

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