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    Parallels Toolbox 5.5.1 (4410) for Mac (June 21, 2022)
    This version of Parallels Toolbox for Mac (5.5.1) includes stability improvements for Hide Menu Icons tool.

    Parallels Toolbox 5.5 (4407) for Mac (June 1, 2022)

    Parallels Toolbox 5.5 for Mac introduces new tools, improvements to existing tools, bug fixes, and other enhancements:

    New tools
    Encrypt Files - Encrypt your files or folders to securely share them or store them on your computer.
    Verify Checksum - Generate and compare checksums of files.

    Tools improvements
    Hide Menu Icons - meet the new Floating Window mode
    Resize Images - specify the target size in MB and choose to keep or remove metadata from the image
    Convert Video - now you have more target resolutions to convert your videos to

    Bug fixes
    Several bugs and crashes have been fixed.

    Parallels Toolbox 5.1.0 (4185) for Mac (November 18, 2021)
    Parallels Toolbox 5.1 for Mac introduces a new tool, improvements to existing tool and design, bug fixes, and other enhancements:
    New tool
    • CPU Temperature - use this tool to quickly check the CPU temperature (in Celsius or Fahrenheit) and fan speeds directly in the macOS menu bar.
    Design changes
    • New product icon!
    • Switch between Icon and List view in the Library.
    • When on the Library tab, you can resize the Parallels Toolbox window vertically now.

    Tools improvements

    • Clipboard History - now you can choose whether to collect only texts, images or both.
    • Recognize Text - improved recognition quality and added support for recognizing vertical text in Asian languages.
    • Unit Converter - added torque and Russian imperial units.
    • Do Not Disturb - new time limit option allows you to set how long the tool stays active.
    • Window Manager - now you can resize a window to a specific size or move it to a different display.
    • Break Time - support for multiple snooze sessions, 60-minute work interval and ability to specify your work schedule (both days and hours).
    • Archive - now you can choose where the resulting archives will be saved to.
    • Record Area, Record Window, Record Screen - optimized compression algorithms so that output files take less space on the disk.

    Other enhancements
    Improved
    compatibility with macOS 12 Monterey.

    Bug fixes

    Several bugs and crashes have been fixed.

    Parallels Toolbox 5.0.0 (4023) for Mac (July 27, 2021)

    Parallels Toolbox 5.0 for Mac
    introduces several new tools, improvements to existing tools, bug fixes, and other enhancements.

    New tools

    • Barcode Generator - generates different types of barcodes, including QR codes.
    • Barcode Reader - scans barcodes and QR codes from image files or with a built-in camera.
    • Transform Text - converts text between different letter cases - Title Case, lowercase, CamelCase, RAnDoM cASe and many more.
    • Recognize Text - extracts text from image files.
    • Focus on Window - helps you to focus on a single task in a window while all other windows are dimmed.
    Tools improvements
    • The Hide Menu Icons tool was rewritten for better performance on modern versions of macOS.
    • The Break Time tool doesn't get active after restart if time tracking was disabled.
    Other enhancements
    • Improved compatibility with macOS 11 Big Sur and macOS 12 Monterey Beta.
    • Improved Accessibility support.
    • Implemented support for full keyboard navigation in the Parallels Toolbox window.
    • New licensing screens to simplify product activation.
    Bug fixes
    • Several bugs and crashes have been fixed.

    Parallels Toolbox 4.5 for Mac (April 7, 2021)

    Parallels Toolbox 4.5 for Mac
    introduces completely overhauled and simplified design for the main window, improvements to several time tracking tools, bug fixes and other enhancements.

    New design
    • Quickly access your favorite and recently used tools in the new Dashboard.
    • See all tools and their descriptions in the new Library that is one click away.
    • Easily build your own tool set from the tools in the Library.
    • Search for tools by name, group, function or using a dedicated filter.
    Time tracking tools improvements
    • Alarm, Date Countdown and Timer were rewritten from scratch to provide new functionality. Now these tools support adding multiple events - alarms, timers and dates for countdown.
    Other enhancements
    • Improved compatibility with macOS 11 Big Sur.
    • The Download Video tool now supports downloading video subtitles if any. You can choose whether subtitles are downloaded in the tool's preferences.
    • Download Video, Download Audio and Convert Video now calculate remaining download/conversion time.
    Bug fixes
    • Resolved an issue with tool recommendation dialogs showing up when the Presentation Mode is ON.
    • Resolved an issue with the Window Manager tool not working when its icon is hidden by the Hide Menu Icons tool.
    • Several other bugs and crashes have been fixed.

    Parallels Toolbox 4.1.1 for Mac (December 29, 2020)
    This version of Parallels Toolbox for Mac (4.1.1) includes the following improvements:
    • Parallels Toolbox has become compatible with Apple Silicon M1 Macs.
    • The Hide Menu Icons tool has been updated (now it supports rearranging icons order) and become compatible with macOS 11 Big Sur.
    • The Do Not Disturb and Presentation Mode tools have become compatible with macOS 11 Big Sur.
    • The Unit Converter tool now supports more units (torque, pressure, etc.).
    • Resolved an issue with the screen recording tools sometimes producing corrupted audio while recording.
    • Several crashes have been resolved.

    Parallels Toolbox 4.1.0 (3674) for Mac (October 22, 2020)
    This version of Parallels Toolbox for Mac (4.1.0) includes the following improvements:
    • Support for the Universal Binary format and future Apple Silicon Macs
    • Improved compatibility with macOS 11 Big Sur
    • Clean Drive detects more unnecessary files that can be safely deleted
    • Use keyboard shortcuts to arrange windows size and position with the Window Manager tool
    • Break Time improvements:
      • You can check how much time is left till the next break
      • Choose to block the screen during breaks (if needed, you can unblock it at any time)
      • Choose sound to notify you of a break
    • Open the Parallels Toolbox window with a keyboard shortcut
    • New wizard that can help you to make system shortcuts for taking screenshots open the Capture Area and Capture Screen tools
    • Set World Time to start together with your Mac
    • New periods during which Clipboard History can keep content - 1 hour and 1 day
    • Other crash and bug fixes and stability enhancements
    Parallels Toolbox 4.0.1 (3447) for Mac (August 25, 2020)
    This version of Parallels Toolbox for Mac (4.0.1) includes the following improvements:
    • Improved compatibility for various tools with macOS 11 Big Sur beta
    • Improved stability for Clipboard History tool
    • Improved stability for screen recording tools
    • Added several UK units to Unit Converter
    • Other bug fixes and stability enhancements

    Parallels Toolbox 4.0.0 (3231) for Mac (July 28, 2020)
    This version of Parallels Toolbox for Mac (4.0.0) includes the following improvements:

    New tools

    • Window Manager - use this tool to automatically size windows on your Mac to predefined dimensions and positions.
    • Break Time - become more productive and healthy by using Break Time as a reminder to take regular breaks from your computer.
    • Unit Converter - convert units and currencies without having to choose various categories, simply input what you want to convert and see the results.
    • Show Desktop - clear your desktop from all open apps and folders with a single click.
    New features
    • New colorful tool icons to improve the overall look and feel, clarity and navigation.
    • Improved search for tools by entering various keywords into the Search field.
    • Support for conversion to MP3 in the Download Audio tool.
    Other
    • Improved discovery of purgeable files in the Clean Drive tool.
    • Improvements in the sound recording tools.
    • Improvements in the Resize Images tool.
    • Redesign of some dialogs to make them more clear and user friendly.
    • Other crash and bug fixes and stability enhancements.


    Parallels Toolbox 3.9.1 (3170) for Mac (May 21, 2020)

    This version of Parallels Toolbox for Mac (3.9.1) contains bug fixes and stability enhancements.

    Parallels Toolbox 3.9.0 (3037) for Mac (March 26, 2020)
    This version of Parallels Toolbox for Mac (3.9.0) includes the following fixes and improvements:
    • Improvements in the tools for recording the screen, an app window or some area of the screen:
      • Record both the computer and microphone audio simultaneously.
      • Pause, resume and stop video recording by clicking the corresponding buttons on the new floating panel.
      • Easier access to audio source selection after launching any of the screen recording tools.
    • Now the Find Duplicates tool allows you to restore the files that were accidentally moved to the Recycle Bin.
    • Improved support for signing in to Parallels Toolbox using third-party accounts.
    • Other improvements:
      • Improved notification about updates available for Parallels Toolbox.
      • Improved selection of duplicates in the Find Duplicates tool.
      • Resolved an issue with the Record Screen tool not recording the computer audio.
      • Several crashes have been fixed.

    Parallels Toolbox 3.8.1 (2969) for Mac (January 31, 2020)
    This version of Parallels Toolbox for Mac (3.8.1) improves stability for Download Video tool

    Parallels Toolbox 3.8.0 (2857) for Mac (January 16, 2020)
    This version of Parallels Toolbox for Mac (3.8.0) offers the following new features and enhancements:
    • Improved Download Audio with better support for playlists download and other enhancements
    • Improved Clipboard History with keyboard navigation and ability to paste text or pics directly into an active application
    • Suggestions for Download Audio and Download Video based on your regular actions
    • Improved stability for Record Screen, Uninstall Apps and Free Memory
    • Several crashes resolved


    Parallels Toolbox 3.7.0 (2768) for Mac (November 20, 2019)
    This version of Parallels Toolbox for Mac (3.7.0) offers the following new features and enhancements:
    • Improved compatibility with macOS 10.15 Catalina
    • New introduction screen added for first-time users
    • Suggestions for some useful tools based on your regular actions
    • Improved file discovery by the Clean Drive tool if Full Disk Access is allowed
    • Image in Take Photo/Take Video tools flipped for more natural results
    • Improved Download Video tool library updates
    • Capture Area tool magnification glass showing at launch
    • Other bug fixes and stability improvements

    Parallels Toolbox 3.6.1 (2608) for Mac (October 15, 2019)

    This version of Parallels Toolbox for Mac (3.6.1) offers the following features and improvements:
    • Support for Sign in With Apple authentication system
    • Other stability and performance improvements
    Parallels Toolbox 3.6.0 (2591) for Mac (September 3, 2019)
    This version of Parallels Toolbox for Mac (3.6.0) offers the following features and stability and performance improvements:
    • Capture Area/Record Area tools improvements:
      • Precise selection improvements with coordinates next to crosshair, and axis lines added to a crosshair
      • Magnifying glass that is shown when performing initial selection or when adjusting selection
      • Ability to move selected area (click and hold to move)
    • Significantly improved download speed for Download Video and Download Audio tools
    • Trial and license expiration behavior streamlined with a clearer message
    • When trial expires, all screenshot tools (Capture Area/Window/Screen and Screenshot Webpage) are available to use
    • Several bugs and crashes resolved

    Parallels Toolbox 3.5.0 (2481) for Mac

    This version of Parallels Toolbox for Mac (3.5.0) offers the following features and stability and performance improvements:
    New tools
    • Clipboard History automatically collects copied items and allows you to quickly paste them
    • Hide Menu Icons helps to conceal unused menu bar icons
    • Energy Saver enables settings that optimize power consumption
    • Sleep Timer counts down to specified time and then puts the computer to sleep or shuts it down
    New features
    • Clean Drive now shows files that will be deleted
    • Added ability to automatically select multiple duplicates in the Find Duplicates tool
    Other improvements
    • Improvements in some tools for Dark Mode
    • Several bugs and crashes resolved
    Parallels Toolbox 3.1.1 (2313) for Mac
    This version of Parallels Toolbox 3.1.1 (2313) for Mac addresses overall stability and performance issues.

    Parallels Toolbox 3.1.0 (2206) for Mac

    This version of Parallels Toolbox for Mac 3.1.0 (2206) for Mac addresses overall stability and performance issues, and includes the following new features and enhancements:
    • New Safari Extension for Screenshot Page tool, compatible with Safari 12 and macOS Mojave 10.14
    • Ability to see recently used screen resolution options in Switch Resolutions tool
    • Application Notarization by Apple for improved security
    • Improved file discovery in Clean Drive tool
    Parallels Toolbox 3.0.0 (2073) for Mac
    This version of Parallels Toolbox 3.0.0 (2073) for Mac addresses overall stability and performance issues, and includes the following features and new tools:

    New tools (available for users who have a subscription either to Parallels Toolbox or Parallels Desktop for Mac)
    • "Uninstall Apps" - this tool helps to completely remove applications, i.e. doesn't leave any leftover files on the Mac's hard disk. It can be also used to delete leftovers of the previously removed apps.
    • "World Time" - with just one click, you can check the local time and time offset information in thousands of locations around the globe.
    • "Hidden Files" - shows and conceals files and folders normally hidden in macOS.
    New features
    • "Download Video" can now download playlists from video hosting websites.
    • "Record Audio" can save audio files as MP3.
    • "Resize Image" can convert images to and from the .HEIF format.
    • When taking a screenshot, the active window remains in focus (i.e. its highlighted elements don't turn gray).
    • Choose where tools save resulting files (screenshots, audio files, videos, etc.) in the tools' preferences.
    • There are many tools in the Parallels Toolbox window - use the Search field to find the tool you need.
    • If you don't want the Parallels Toolbox window to look overcrowded, hide the tools you don't use in the Parallels Toolbox preferences.
    Support for macOS 10.14 Mojave
    • New Dark Mode for macOS 10.14 Mojave.
    • Annotate screenshots by adding captions, arrows, etc.
    • New Safari extension for "Download Video" (compatible with Safari 12).
    • Support for macOS 10.14 Mojave security restrictions.
    Other improvements
    • When taking a screenshot, the active window remains in focus (i.e. its highlighted elements don't turn gray).

    Parallels Toolbox 2.0.4 (1219) for Mac

    This update for Parallels Toolbox 2.0.4 (1219) for Mac contains the following improvements and fixes:
    • Bug fixes and performance improvements

    Parallels Toolbox 2.6.1 (1620) for Mac

    This update for Parallels Toolbox 2.6.1 (1620) for Mac contains the following improvements and fixes:
    • Resolved issue with Record Area tools not quitting for some users after successful recording
    • Resolved issue with Screenshot Page tool sometimes freezing on some site
    • Several crashes were fixed

    Parallels Toolbox 2.6.0 (1613) for Mac

    This update for Parallels Toolbox 2.6.0 (1613) for Mac contains the following improvements and fixes:

    New features
    • New separate Packs (smaller focused sets of tools at lower price):
      • Parallels Toolbox Screen and Video Pack
      • Parallels Toolbox Presentation Pack
      • Parallels Toolbox Disk and System Pack
    • Added support for webM videos in Download Video
    • Added an option to always copy screenshots to clipboard
    • Preferences for the tools are displayed more prominently
    Other enhancements:
    • Optimized memory clean up in Free Memory tool
    • Better space monitoring in Clean Drive tool
    • Improved audio source selection in Record Audio tool
    • Resolved several bugs and crashes
    Parallels Toolbox 2.5.1 (1406) for Mac
    This update for Parallels Toolbox 2.5.1 (1406) for Mac contains the following improvements and fixes:
    • Improved compatibility with macOS 10.10
    • Corrected notifications displaying
    • Corrected Screenshot Page tool icon

    Parallels Toolbox 2.5.0 (1405) for Mac

    This update for Parallels Toolbox 2.5.0 (1405) for Mac includes the following fixes:
    1. New tools:
      1. Screenshot Page
        • Takes screenshots of really long web pages as a single image file
        • Contains Safari Extension to take screenshot by pressing Safari toolbar button
      2. Resize Image
        • Resizes one or multiple images
        • Converts images between various formats
      3. Free Memory
        • Frees up unused computer's memory
    2. New features
      1. Drive monitoring and a periodic reminder to clean up drive using Clean Drive
      2. Take screenshots with a delay
      3. Record screen with a delay
      4. See the area size when taking area screenshot
      5. See mouse clicks in recorded videos
      6. Change size for video screen recordings
      7. Option to disable automatic Toolbox updates
    3. Version for small and medium businesses
      1. Allows automatic network deployment to computers
      2. Allows limiting availability of some tools.
      3. Allows defining update policy
      4. Contains Admin's Guide
    • Other fixes and stability improvements
      • Several crashes and bugs resolved
    Parallels Toolbox 2.0.3 (1215) for Mac
    This update for Parallels Toolbox 2.0.3 (1215) for Mac includes the following fixes:
    • Minor fixes and stability improvements
    Parallels Toolbox for Mac 2.0.2 (1213)
    This update for Parallels Toolbox for Mac 2.0.2 (1213) includes the following fix:
    • Resolves the issue with new tools not showing up for users upgrading from PD12 with permanent license to PD13 with permanent license
    Parallels Toolbox for Mac 2.0.1 (1199) for Mac
    This update for Parallels Toolbox for Mac 2.0.1 (1199) contains the following improvements:
    • Resolves the issue with license activation after upgrade to Toolbox 2.0

    Parallels Toolbox 2.0.0 (1192) for Mac

    This update for Parallels Toolbox for Mac 2.0.0 (1192) contains the following improvements:

    1. Three new tools (available for users with subscription):
    • Find Duplicates (allows to find duplicated files on user's computer)
    • Make GIF (allows to make animated GIFs from videos)
    • Clean Drive (allows to clean up user's drive from junk no longer needed)
    2. Preferences with ability to set up a keyboard shortcut for tools
    3. Preferences for storing output files
    4. Preferences to disable loading Toolbox on launch
    5. Other minor improvements include:
    • Improved usability in Launch tool
    • Shutter sound for Take Photo tool
    • Resizable window for Take Photo/Take Video tools

    Parallels Toolbox for Mac 1.7.0 (1026)

    1. Four new tools (available for users with subscription):
    • Download Audio (similar to Download Video, but targeted towards downloading audio from internet, including multiple file downloads from a single page).
    • Airplane Mode (disables WiFi and Bluetooth)
    • Switch Resolution (allows to quickly switch display resolutions from Mac's menu bar)
    • Presentation Mode (automatically detects connected external display or projector and enables several tools to minimize distractions - hides files on Desktop, disables notifications and blocks computer from going to sleep)

    2. Added option to change screenshot image format
    3. Added flexible configuration for Do Not Sleep limit
    4. Added ability to automatically update Download Video tool when Facebook or YouTube break compatibility
    5. Improved icons behavior in Mac's menu bar for "state" tools like Mute Microphone or Do Not Sleep

    Other minor improvements include:
    • Added support for custom screenshot storing locations (if changed via Terminal)
    • Improved usability in Launch tool
    • Improvement to highlighting active tools in the Library section
    • Fixed multiple bugs and crashes

    Parallels Toolbox for Mac 1.5.3 (759)
    ยท Resolves the issue where some videos from YouTube could not be downloaded

    Parallels Toolbox for Mac 1.6.0 (920)

    This release of stand-alone tools is based on Parallels Toolbox for Mac and includes the following changes:
    Parallels Toolbox for Mac 1.5.2 (758)
    This update for Parallels Toolbox for Mac 1.5.2 (758) addresses includes the following fix:
    • Resolves the issue where some videos from Facebook could not be downloaded
    Parallels Toolbox 1.5.1 (756)
    This update for Parallels Toolbox for Mac 1.5.1 (756) addresses overall stability and performance issues, and includes the following fix:

    • Resolves the issue where some videos from YouTube and Facebook could not be downloaded
    Parallels Toolbox 1.5 (753)
    This update for Parallels Toolbox for Mac 1.5 (753) addresses overall stability and performance issues, and includes the following fixes and improvements:
    • Tools that record screen video are now capable to record system audio
    • Added option to select camera/microphone sources for Audio/Video tools
    • Added ability to drag tools in Toolbox -- dragging tools to favorites, to the Dock, to Finder
    • Added ability to pin tools to menu bar for faster access to tools
    • The most recently used tools are now shown in the top area
    • Capture Area/Window/Screen tools now respect a settings to store screenshots
    • Fixed video download issues for Facebook, YouTube, Twitch
    • Fixed several crashes in the app and tools
    Parallels Toolbox 1.3.1 (638)
    This update for Parallels Toolbox 1.3.1 (638) addresses overall stability and performance issues.

    Parallels Toolbox 1.3.0 (636)
    New tools:

    • Disable Camera -- disables computer's built-in camera
    • Take Photo -- takes photo using computer's camera
    • Take Video -- takes video using computer's camera
    • Eject Volumes -- ejects volumes mounted on desktop
    • Launch -- opens apps and documents simultaneously with just one click
    Bug fixes and performance improvements

    Parallels Toolbox 1.1.0 (358) brings new features and improvements, addresses overall stability and performance issues, and includes the following fixes:
    1. New features and improvements

    • Added a built-in automatic updater for Parallels Toolbox
    • Parallels Toolbox is now localized in 13 languages: English, French, Japanese, Russian, Chinese Traditional, Chinese Simplified, Italian, German, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Korean, and Portuguese (Brazilian)
    • Download Video can now download videos of up to 4K resolution
    • Improved compatibility for tools with Mac OS X 10.10
    • Added ability to suggest a feature for Parallels Toolbox
    • Simplified and improved behavior for Tips and Tricks
    • Added support for Force Touch in the Toolbox window
    • Convert Videos now creates .mp4 files instead of .mov
    • Convert Video now converts embedded subtitles in MKV videos
    2. Resolved issues
    • Resolves an issue with long names in the Toolbox window
    • Resolves an issue with the mouse pointer not being visible in recorded videos
    • Resolves an issue with the Toolbox window not showing properly when there are a large number of tools
    • Resolves an issue with the Finder's AppleShowAllFiles option in Hide Desktop
    • Resolves an issue with secondary microphones not being muted with the Mute Microphone tool
    • Resolves an issue with an empty Toolbox window after logging out and logging back in to the computer
    • Resolves an issue with Logitech USB headset when recording audio with Record Audio tool
    • Resolves an issue with Alarm not working after pressing the Snooze button
    • Resolves an issue with Parallels Toolbox blocking automatic macOS updates
    • Resolves an issue with Download Video crashing when downloading files from SoundCloud
    • Resolves an issue with Stopwatch not showing proper status in the Dock icon
    Parallels Toolbox 1.0.2 (242) addresses overall stability and performance issues, and includes the following fixes:
    • Resolves an issue with Parallels Toolbox requiring an administrator account to install.
    • Resolves an issue with blurred icons and text on some non-Retina displays.

    Parallels Toolbox 1.0.1 (221) addresses overall stability and performance issues, and includes the following fixes:

    • Resolves an issue with visual artifacts when selecting application windows in the Capture Window and Record Window tools
    • Resolves an issue with the icon of the Date Countdown tool showing the incorrect number of days remaining
    • Resolves an issue with hiding read-only items with the Hide Desktop tool
    • Resolves an issue with opening a recoding via a notification from the Record Audio tool
    • Resolves an issue with restoring proper volume levels after a restart if the Mute Microphone tool was used

    Parallels Toolbox 1.0.0 (208) makes it easy to perform 20 common tasks on the Mac with simple single-function tools.
    Tools can be started from Spotlight, pinned to the Dock, and used from the Parallels Toolbox window.

    Tools included in this version:

    • Audio and video management: record audio, mute microphone, video downloader, and video convertor
    • Take Screenshots: capture area, window, or screen
    • Record Screen: record area, window, or screen
    • Time utilities: alarm, timer, date countdown, and stopwatch
    • Peace, productivity, and privacy: do not disturb, do not sleep, hide desktop icons, and lock screen
    • Archiving: archive and un-archive
     
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