If you’re in the business of building or designing web sites and web apps, you need to be using my current setup. A brash thing to say? Not once you see it.
New Parallels Beta changes everything
It is freakin’ amazing. It’s the closest I’ve ever come to a perfect computing experience. Seriously.
Here’s why: You can simultaneously view IE 6/7, Firefox PC, Firefox Mac and Safari (and any other browsers you want, whether they’re Mac, PC or Linux) on your OSX desktop.
No switching back and forth between virtual desktops – it’s all right there (click for larger image).
Here’s another screengrab to help you understand how it’s working (click for larger image).
In the above image, I’ve got IE7, Firefox PC, Safari and then Firefox Mac.
In addition to this amazing capability (called “Coherence Mode”), its got these great new features:
- You can share the clipboard between OSX and XP/Vista
- You can drag and drop files between a XP/Vista window and an OSX window
- No need to “click into” the XP/Vista window. As soon as the mouse is over the XP/Vista window, it’s active (if you’re in Normal Mode instead of Coherence Mode).
How to set it up
Convinced? Here’s how to get rocking:
- Buy a MacBook Pro
- Buy and install Parallels
- Download and install Parallels Desktop for Mac Build 3036 Beta
- Install XP/Vista (you need to buy a legit copy)
- Boot up XP/Vista
- After it’s booted up, go to “Tools > Install Parallels Tools …” (click for larger image)
- Once Parallels Tools in installed, open up the browsers you want to test
- Go to “View > Coherence” (click for larger image)
- You’re done! (Click for larger image)
Still not quite perfect
As with most things, this setup is not 100% perfect (but it’s very close). If you don’t use the XP/Vista windows for a little while, the screensaver starts up and takes over the whole screen behind the active OSX window. However, you can deal with this by turning off the screensaver in XP/Vista (click for larger image).
Time to switch
There are strong feelings on both sides of the PC/Mac debate, but this is the clearest and most compelling reason for switching to a Mac. You get all the benefits of the beautifully designed and executed OSX interface, with all the access and testing you need on XP/Vista.
I know that not everyone can afford to go out and buy a MacBook Pro, but if you can, what are you waiting for?