Parallels 4.0 for Mac released on tuesday

With this release my need to run a seperate windows laptop has come to an absolute end.

Parallels allows me to run my last remaining XP licence in Leopard and use the 3 or 4 Windows products i cannot get replacements for, and I have to use, Access, Live writer and Neverwinter Nights 2 (It runs beautifully).    So while parallels is running NWN keeps dyeing post the movie.. Ian, Frank, sorry guys no D3D support as yet.

Improvements include speed boosts, (havent tried these yet), An intelligent Hypervisor Load balancer and a virtualisation engine that consumes 15-30 percent less resources. (I have noticed previously too, running a virtual machine on osx is less stressfull than on my Mac)

I can play games as DX9, Pixel Shader 2.0 and OpenGL 2 are now properly supported (hopefully)

Coherence is also cleaner, with the items in the windows tasjbar, moving to the Mac menubar.

The best feature in my opinion though is the Safe mode, a Kind of Sand box if you will. Everything runs exactly as normal, except at the end of the VM session you get an option to save the changes to the VM or not….

I guess I will be downloading the trial tonight and trying it out… The Migration to the Mac is hopefully complete.

3 thoughts on “Parallels 4.0 for Mac released on tuesday”

  1. Hi Akhilesh,
    I would also be interested how you get NWN2 working on Parallels. I am using Parallels 4 on an iMac 2 GHz with 128 MB VRAM and 4 GB RAM. I also get the messages about the not compatible direct 3d device. On what Mac configuration are you running NWN2?

  2. Hi Ian,
    I will be starting a proper game installation this weekend… but some details of how you have tried would be good. For eg: a (original) Macbook based solution may not be supported as the Intel integrated hardware would not meet the games minimum requirements…
    So let me know your macs config and we’ll try to crack this

  3. Have you actually gotten Neverwinter Nights 2 to work on Parallels 4.0? I tried downloading and installing it today and installed the new updates for NWN2 and it tells me no compatible direct 3d devices were found. If you have any thoughts on getting this to work I would be most appreciative.

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