A month and a half after the initial release of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion from Apple, Parallels Inc. has released version 7 of their virtualization software, Parallels Desktop. Touting over 90 new features, the update includes such Lion-specific capabilities as support for Windows applications in Launchpad and Mission Control, as well as full-screen support for Windows applications. The update also includes a new look and feel, improved virtual printing, support for iSight and FaceTime cameras in both Mac OS X virtual sessions and Windows sessions, support for 7.1 surround sound and a new 5.1 sound driver, faster network access, improved graphics performance, better power management (meaning improved battery life for laptop users), and access to virtual Windows and Mac OS X sessions from the newly released Parallels Mobile app. ($79.99 new, $49.99 upgrade, $39.99 student edition, free update for purchases after 1 August 2011, 275 MB)
Enter Dashboard, Expose, or Spaces Temporarily
Hold down F9, F10, F11, or F12 (or whatever you've set for the Expose and Spaces keyboard shortcuts) for a few seconds, and then release the key to enter and leave the appropriate mode without having to press the key again. This is particularly useful for Dashboard, in which you can check the contents of a widget and then return to your work with only a single key press.
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Parallels Desktop 7
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Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
such as “Tx” for “TextExpander”. With the new custom keyboard,
you can expand abbreviations in any app, including Safari and
(there is a thread on the Parallels Forums, titled "Problems with Parallels 7")
Besides this, Parallels 7 seems to be working great under Lion and feels a bit faster then the previous version. And as I don't reboot my Mac that often, the issue is only a minor inconvenience.