Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac was released yesterday, with welcome speed improvements, efficiencies in battery life and disk space plus support for OS X Yosemite.
I have both VMWare and Parallels and each time one is upgraded, I end up buying the latest release in the hope that I can use it for my screencasts.
Currently, I keep a separate user account for screencasting on my Mac. This is a “clean” account, and when I’m recording a screencast, I log out of my personal account and into my demo account. I’ve tried user switching, but I find it safer to logout completely out of my personal account.
Such a pain.
My ideal scenario would be to use a Virtual Machine as my demo environment to record my screencasts, and open that without logging out of my personal account. This would give me so many benefits such as snapshots, keeping multiple builds, rolling back to known states – all accomplished very quickly and with the minimum of fuss.
Except, that the graphics performance in both VMware and Parallels is just not up to it.
Dragging windows around the screen causes tearing and other visual distractions. Safari screen refresh is a mess. The performance of the Virtual Machine is rock solid in all aspects, except for the graphics performance – even on my Mac Pro.
It’s such a shame.
In all other aspects, running a virtual machine is amazing, using either VMware or Parallels.
But I’ll keep buying the upgrades until my screencasting nirvana is achieved.
As an aside, at the same time as upgrading to Parallels for Mac 10, I also bought an update to try out Parallels Access… “The fastest, simplest and most reliable remote access from your mobile device”
I’d heard some good reports about its unique approach to accessing applications on your Mac from an iPad or iPhone.
Expect to see it featured on the iOS show in the next month or so.