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Parallels Desktop for Mac App Store Edition 1.6.0 (21086)
This is a major update for Parallels Desktop™. Though some features of Parallels Desktop™ for Mac are still unavailable in this App Store edition, the new version contains the following new features, fixes, and improvements.
- Up to 20% faster DirectX 11 graphics on Macs equipped with AMD Radeon graphics cards.
- This version brings full support for OpenGL 3.3 Compatibility Profile to support more applications. Run more Windows applications, including DIALux EVO 9, SAMSON Connect, ProPresenter 6, ClinCheck Pro, Rhino 6, and more. In Linux, you can now use more applications, including Steam, Firefox Quantum web browser, and get better multimonitor support for the KDE window manager.
- Windows resumes and quits up to 20% faster.
- Reverting to a snapshot is up to 30% faster.
- When in Travel Mode, Windows now consumes less computing and network resources, which results in up to 10% longer battery life.
- Improved sound quality in macOS virtual machines.
- Added support for a two-finger pinch gesture to rotate the content in Windows 10 applications, such as Maps, Photos, Edge, and more. Zoom gesture was also improved to provide a smoother experience.
- Enable the new "Reclaim disk space on shutdown" option to make Windows to automatically return all unused disk space to Mac on each shutdown (see Reclaimable space).
- Use the Samsung Portable SSD X5 external storage with Windows virtual machines.
- The new printer driver for Windows 10 allows you to print on both sides and supports many more paper sizes up to A0.
- Choose a time period of inactivity, after which Windows will be paused automatically. Additionally, Parallels Desktop now shows a new snippet card to explain this feature to new users.
- Installing Windows from an ISO image with multiple Windows editions is now fully automatic.
- When you start a virtual machine stored on an external disk, Parallels Desktop now checks whether the disk connected to Mac and prompts you to connect it using the disk name.
- Parallels Desktop now indicates Windows folders in File Explorer that are shared with macOS using the native macOS Finder icons.
- When you choose to delete a file from a Windows folder that is shared from macOS, Parallels Desktop warns you that this file will be removed entirely from Mac’s hard disk.
- If you enable Do Not Disturb in macOS, Focus Assist automatically turns on in Windows 10 for you to not be distracted by sounds and pop-up notifications from Windows apps.
Parallels Desktop for Mac App Store Edition 1.5.0 (20116)
This is a major update for Parallels Desktop™. We made it more stable, secure and comfortable to use—and it’s compatible with macOS® 10.15 Catalina.
The product has been renamed to Parallels Desktop.
Though some features of Parallels Desktop™ for Mac are still unavailable in this App Store edition, the new version contains the following new features, fixes and improvements.
macOS 10.15 Catalina
- Use “Sign in with Apple” to create a Parallels account.
- Get improved support for Apple Pencil® drawing capabilities when you work with Windows applications on an iPad® using Sidecar.
- Tilt support for Apple Pencil
- Double-tap Apple Pencil to get new Touch Bar™ options
- Toggle between Pen, Eraser and Mouse modes
- Easily take a snip, enable Windows Tablet mode or open the Windows onscreen keyboard from Touch Bar
- With the help of Apple Metal®, Parallels introduces support for DirectX® 11. Now you can run Autodesk 3ds Max 2020, Lumion, ArcGIS Pro 2.3, products from MasterSeries and more.
- Play popular games including Madden NFL 19, Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, Anno 2205, Railway Empire, Space Engineers, Frostpunk, Risk of Rain 2 and many more.
- DirectX 3D graphics are now accelerated by the Apple Metal engine.
- Enjoy enhanced compatibility with new Linux distributions due to Virtio GPU. This supports sliding mouse (Parallels Desktop captures the mouse cursor), dynamic resolution (the screen resolution changes dynamically if you resize the virtual machine window) and multimonitor support—even without Parallels Tools.
- Some applications can use DirectX 11 and thus are much faster, compared to being unusably slow in previous versions.
- 3D graphics are up to 15% faster.
- User interface is more responsive.
- Support for non-volatile memory express (NVMe) disk controller—the next generation of storage controllers. NVMe is more virtualization friendly and effective than Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI). NVMe leverages not just solid-state storage (SSD) but also modern multicore CPUs.
- Support for Intel HDA audio card:
- Supports up to 8/2 channels (out/in), 192kHz sample rate and 32-bit samples
- Improved sound quality of VoIP phones
- Support for “jack sense”
- Automatic detection when the microphone is muted. If access to the Mac microphone is not allowed by the user or macOS preferences, Windows shows the microphone as muted.
- Automatic detection when sound output is disabled. If it is disabled in the virtual machine settings, Windows also shows sound output as disabled.
- Support for Bluetooth Low Energy. This allows you to use more devices, including Logitech Craft, IrisPEN and some IoT devices (such as smart home appliances and smart bands).
- Version of the Bluetooth driver is 4.0.
- When reverting to a snapshot, Parallels Desktop offers to save the current VM state as a new snapshot.
- Though dragging and dropping images has been supported from the very beginning, some of the latest macOS screenshots cannot be simply dragged to Windows because of the new format. We have enhanced drag-and-drop functionality—now you can drag screenshot previews, images from Safari, Photos and other macOS applications and drop them to your Windows applications.
- Completely redesigned keyboard layouts support several improved aspects, including:
- Excel shortcuts Ctrl+ and Ctrl- are now supported
- Improved support for JIS keyboard
- Fixed input with CAPS LOCK on for most of non-English layouts
Parallels Desktop Lite 1.4.0 (19800)
This update for Parallels Desktop Lite 1.4.0 addresses overall stability and performance issues, and includes the following fixes and improvements:
- Up to 80 percent faster application launch.
- Up to 30 percent faster suspend operation on APFS partition.
- Up to 130 percent more frames per second in Shared Camera.
- Install Ubuntu 18.04, Fedora 28, and Linux Mint 19 in virtual machines right from Parallels Desktop.
- Support for mmap() in Linux Shared Folders.
- New pre-configured virtual machines with Debian GNU/Linux 9 and CentOS 7.
- Resolves an issue with Parallels Tools not installing in openSUSE Leap 15 and Ubuntu Linux.
- Resolves an issue with Parallels Tools not working in Linux virtual machines with X Server 1.20.
- Resolves an issue with Ubuntu 18.04 virtual machines periodically crashing or locking up.
- Resolves an issue with Ubuntu 18.10 virtual machines not installing.
- Resolves an issue with not being able to mount the same shared folder twice in a Linux virtual machine.
- The new “Auto” mode for graphics allows Windows to use more than 2 GB of Mac system memory for graphics, while allowing Windows applications to use it when possible.
- Support for OpenGL 3.x in Windows virtual machines.
- Improved the way a virtual machine is displayed on 4K+ monitors:
- Reduced the system and graphics memory consumption;
- Increased performance when 3D acceleration is turned off.
- Improved the way a virtual machine is displayed on multiple monitors when the macOS “Displays have separate Spaces” option is turned off.
Ready for macOS 10.14 Mojave
- Parallels Desktop Lite supports Dark Mode.
- Use the virtual machine’s Edit menu to insert pictures from your iPhone or iPad into Windows applications.
- Quick Look in Windows has the same functionality as that in macOS.
- Parallels Desktop Lite uses the Mojave technology to take screenshots.
Integration with Mac
- Use your Mac’s camera that supports up to 4K resolutions in a virtual machine
- Use the Touch Bar to work with more Windows applications.
- The size of the virtual machine hard disk (.hdd file) is optimized by means of native Windows defragmentation.
- Backing up a virtual machine with Time Machine has been simplified. Now if you want to add a virtual machine to the backup list or exclude it from this list, just do what you need in the Time Machine preferences.
- Backing up a virtual machine with Acronis True Image has been improved.
- Easier way to get help from Parallels - click Help > Support Center to access the webpage where you can find the most popular knowledgeable articles, links to the Parallels forums, social media and technical documentation, get personalized support and much more.
- The “Free Up Disk Space” dialog has been redesigned and simplified. Now you can use it to reduce the amount of disk space occupied by all your virtual machines.
- A paused virtual machine resumes automatically when you drag a file to its window.
- As most of Windows customers have switched from Windows 8 to Windows 10, the “Enable swipe from edges” option is disabled by default in order not to confuse users.
- Windows Maintenance feature has been improved.
- For new virtual machines, the SmartGuard backup functionality now keeps 3 snapshots by default (not to occupy additional disk space).
- The Resource Monitor has been redesigned. Use it to check how much CPU and memory is consumed by your Mac and all virtual machines.
- Monitor the virtual machine CPU usage in the virtual machine status bar.
- When you click a macOS notification that a technical data report has been sent, the report ID is automatically copied to the clipboard.
Support for keyboard layouts
- Improved support for the German keyboard layout.
- Improved support for the Japanese keyboard layout.
- Added support for the Brazilian Portuguese keyboard layout.
Parallels Desktop Lite 1.3.3 (19752)
- Attach screenshots and other files to technical data reports.
- Resolves an issue with sound not playing in virtual machines after closing and then opening the MacBook’s lid.
- Resolves an issue with screen refresh rate becoming low when a virtual machine is started with the “Always ready in background” option selected.
- Resolves an issue with ~/§±£`Ð symbols not typed correctly in virtual machines.
- Resolves an issue with disproportionately scaled Windows after installing a Windows update.
- Resolves an issue with gamma settings being changed by Windows in Full Screen.
- Resolves an issue with unintended activation of Grayscale Mode in Windows 10 after pressing + holding the “Command” key and then pressing “C”.
- Resolves the following occasional issues in Windows virtual machines:
- slow login;
- unresponsive Start Menu;
- inability to use a keyboard with some apps.
- Resolves an issue with Parallels Tools not installing in a Boot Camp virtual machine with Windows 10.
- Resolves an issue with app-related folders not visible in iCloud shared with Windows.
- Resolves an issue when the icons of applications started from Visual Studio 2013 didn’t appear in the Dock.
- Resolves an issue with MS Word 2011 for Mac saving doc/docx files to the C:\ drive only in the Read-Only mode.
- Resolves an issue with not being able to add the Boot Camp partition as a second disk to a virtual machine.
- Resolves a rare issue with Windows freezing when accessing a shared folder from the guest OS.
- Resolves an issue with Windows 10 crashing sometimes when searching for a particular address in Google Chrome > Google Maps.
- Resolves an issue with Windows crashing when starting TwinCAT 3 in Visual Studio.
- Resolves an issue with shared camera not working in Skype for Business.
- Resolves an issue with graphics artifacts in Battlefield 3.
- Resolves an issue with graphics artifacts when zooming images in Tekla Structures.
- Resolves an issue with PaintShop Pro not opening images on your Mac and not available in the “Open With” menu.
- Support for Ubuntu 18.04.
- Resolves an issue with Ubuntu 14.04 not starting after the Parallels Tools installation.
- Resolves an issue with the prl_eth driver not compiling for Linux kernel 4.15.
- Resolves an issue with Parallels Tools not installing in Kali Linux 2018.1.
- Resolves an issue with Parallels Tools not installing in Red Hat 7.5.
- Resolves an issue with iTunes quitting unexpectedly in macOS 10.8 and 10.9 virtual machines.
- Resolves an issue with Parallels Tools not installing in macOS 10.13.3 virtual machines.
- Resolves an issue with macOS 10.13.4 virtual machines freezing on waking from sleep.
- Resolves an issue with not being able to upgrade macOS 10.13.3 virtual machines to macOS 10.13.4.
- Resolves an issue with Parallels Tools not working in macOS High Sierra virtual machines.
Parallels Desktop Lite 1.3.0 (19714)
This update for Parallels Desktop Lite 1.3.0 addresses overall stability and performance issues, and includes the following fixes and improvements:
- Now when you resize the virtual machine window or switch between view modes, the virtual machine screen resolution changes faster and more smoothly.
- The way Windows is displayed when the Retina Resolution > Scaled option is selected has been improved: the text became crisper and graphics sharper.
- Improved support for Zorin OS, Elementary OS, Kali Linux, and Manjaro Linux guest operating systems.
- Change the Parallels Desktop interface color—you can choose between the light gray and dark color schemes.
- Parallels Desktop informs you when some actions (for example, downloading and installing virtual appliances) become unavailable because of no Internet connection.
- Distinguish the virtual machines that have snapshots by the new snapshots icon, and use it to open the snapshots manager with a single click.
Parallels Desktop Lite 1.2.0 (19658)
This update for Parallels Desktop Lite 1.2.0 addresses overall stability issues, and includes the following fixes and improvements:
- Resolves an issue with the mouse speed changing when you start or stop virtual machines
- Resolves an issue with Windows 10 not booting after updating to Creators Update
- Resolves an issue with dragging and dropping files from Mac to Windows 10 Creators Update
- Resolves an issue with web pages opening in Windows 10 Creators Update instead of opening in Mac
- Resolves an issue with Windows 10 not installing from a USB thumb drive
Parallels Desktop Lite 1.1.0 (19626)
This is a maintenance update that improves stability, performance, and compatibility with modern operating systems.
Parallels Desktop Lite 1.0.2 (19602)
This update for Parallels Desktop Lite 1.0.2 (19602) addresses overall stability and performance issues, and includes the following fixes:
- Resolves an issue with the setting to “Pause Linux when possible” not being preserved
- Resolves an issue with Ctrl + click or tap not opening a context menu in virtual machines
- Resolves an issue with virtual machine and Parallels Desktop Lite application windows focus
- Resolves an issue with unexpected desktop space switching when using a virtual machine in full screen with external displays
- Resolves an issue with Parallels Tools installation failing in Fedora 24 virtual machines
- Resolves an issue with Parallels Desktop Lite crashing when the application is quit
- Resolves an issue with printing from Windows using a shared Mac printer
Parallels Desktop Lite 1.0.1 (19564)
This update for Parallels Desktop Lite 1.0.1 (19564) addresses overall stability and performance issues, and includes the following fix:
- Improved Retina images
Parallels Desktop Lite 1.0.0 (19541)
Integration features between Mac and Windows, including productivity boosters are here to serve you. These features include, but aren't limited to:
- Use Mac gestures in Windows apps
- Time synchronization between Mac and Windows
- Mouse synchronization enables the mouse to move seamlessly between the Mac OS, Windows, and Linux
- Copy/Paste formatted text between Mac and Windows
- Drag and Drop files between Mac and Windows
- Share Mac Folders with Windows, including Desktop, Documents, Downloads
- Resize window to get desired Windows resolution
- 3D graphics acceleration up to Direct X10.1
- Use Mac printers in Windows
- Share Mac Location info with Windows