DirectX 11 and Catalina will please you, the price may not be
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Virtualization team Parallels celebrated International Left Handed Day * with an update to its Desktop package.
Parallels Desktop 15 brings toys intended for the thin intersection of the Venn diagram of macOS players and fans, as well as productivity adjustments that will attract users both north and south of the leg.
The software is aimed at Mac fans who need that special Windows or Linux application that is simply not available on macOS and cannot bother with the training camp pranks. They can support the Windows experience in a window or run in Coherence mode, where Windows applications (such as Word) seem to run as native macOS applications.
The most striking new feature this time is the Metal movement for DirectX graphics. Powered by Apple to the detriment of OpenGL in favor of Metal (although OpenGL remains in macOS and Parallels insisted that it was left behind until there was a "true user value"), version 15 now supports DirectX 9 through 11 through the Apple hardware acceleration.
The result is a considerably more agile game that uses faster graphics technology, along with applications such as Autodesk 3DS Max and Lumion 6.5.
DirectX 11 was not compatible with previous versions of Parallels Desktop.
Of course, you still need the hardware – as the company warns: "Parallels Desktop cannot turn its four-year MacBook Air into a $ 8,000 Alienware gaming platform with a $ 1,300 graphics card cooled by liquid."
The company also recognizes that DirectX 11 will work better on a Mac with Catalina, currently in beta and will be released later this year. Once the operating system crashes, an update to Parallels Desktop 15 will improve support for the Sidecar function, as well as the Apple login and the handling of the tilt and double tap of the Apple Pencil.
Unfortunately, we do not have access to such exotic hardware, but we can confirm that compared to version 14, 15 it is definitely a much more agile use. It may not be the "80 percent faster" release of Office and other Windows applications, but noticeably faster.
Professional and business users also have the ability to connect internal and external physical disks to a virtual machine such as a logical disk, allowing Windows or another operating system to be installed elsewhere. The Trusted Virtual Platform Module (vTPM) will please those who need additional security to connect to a corporate environment.
Finally, the toolbox that Parallels includes with the Desktop package has had some additions. While none is essential (and most could be collected elsewhere, or represent operating system configurations familiar to knowledgeable users), the suite is useful and Parallels noted the ability to download videos from streaming sites like YouTube as something that has Proved to be popular with users.
In general, the package is still expensive at £ 79.99 for a perpetual license, or £ 69.99 for a one-year subscription, especially when one considers that you still need that Windows 10 license (although the company will help you migrate from a PC with existing Windows.
By comparison, VirtualBox, which does similar virtualized things on a Mac, is free but lacks brightness and some of the features of Parallels' most expensive product.
However, if you imagine some of the newer Windows games on your new Mac (and now Xbox Bluetooth controllers are also supported), then the Parallels approach works well, and the vTPM along with the other business settings will facilitate those brilliant Macs in the corporate world.  And let's face it, compared to the crater that a new Mac will leave in a bank account, Parallels is simply a bite, assuming that absolutely should have that special application or game.
Otherwise, there is always Bootcamp. ®
* It is also National Prosecco Day and National Filet Mignon Day, so if you'll excuse us, we have a busy lunch hour.
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