Parallels has announced version 3.0 of its popular Mac virtualization package, offering long-anticipated emulation of 3D accelerated GPUs, allowing high-end Windows games to run in virtualization.
The company said it was just weeks away from the new release and named several key selling points:
- Smartselect: the ability to associate a document on the OS X file structure to open in a Windows program, and vice versa. No more laborious switching to the virtualized OS and navigating to the file you want to open in your Mac shared folders.
- 3D GPU emulation: Parallels is also touting the ability to "run the hottest games and graphics applications" with 3D with support for graphics software.
- Snapshot manager: Take a snapshot of your virtual machine and roll back to it easily if you mess something up.
Parallels Inc is offering $10 off the normal upgrade price to existing registered users of Parallels for a week only, bringing the cost down to $39.99 USD. After this time, upgrades will cost $49.99 and full licences will cost $79.99. It will give the upgrade away free to customers who purchased Parallels after May 1, 2007.