VMware Fusion Stories August 23, 2012

Poll: Which Mac software do you use for virtualization (Parallels, VMware Fusion, Virtual Box…)?

Both Parallels and VMware announced new versions of their software over the last 12 hours. Which software do you use to run Windows applications, if any? Do you Virtualize Linux or other builds of MacOS X?

Leave comments on your experience.

For the record, I have been using Parallels to deal with @#$% QuickBooks most recently, but off and on for years overall. VMware has also impressed me when I have tried it. Both products are so much better than the slow SoftWindows- type solutions we had in the PowerPC days.

VMware Fusion Stories June 23, 2012

iTuneUp Bundle for iTunes: $30, Toast 11: $50, Voila Screencapture tool: $15

From 9to5Toys.com:

StackSocial offers the $30 TuneUp Bundle which offers to “Cleanup your iTunes Music Collection. Automagically.” The TuneUp Bundle (Lifetime License) includes:

Clean — Accurately fixes mislabeled or missing song information (like “Track 01” or “Unknown Artist”) using cutting-edge waveform recognition

Cover Art — Scans your entire music collection in seconds and automagically™ fills in missing album artwork

DeDuper— Intelligently finds and removes duplicate music files from your music library using waveform recognition

Tuniverse — Delivers music videos, artist bios, concert alerts, social network integration and more

(Stacksocial also offers Toast 11 for $50 and Voila screencapture tool for $15)

VMware Fusion Stories June 6, 2012

From 9to5Toys.com:

MacUpdate has one of the better bundles we’ve seen on a wide-ranging set of Mac software. If you are like us and getting a new MacBook next week, you can load it up with software: You are getting a solid deal with the Parallels 7 headliner ($30 off retail), but then you get some great apps up and down the lineup basically for free including:

1) Parallels Desktop 7 ($79.99) 2) BusyCal ($49.99) (first 10,000 bundles) 3) ScreenFlow 3 ($99.00) 4) Civilization V ($39.99) Gods & Kings expansion pack for just $20 5) Jaksta ($49.95) 6) Espionage 3 ($19.99) 7) Attachment Tamer 3 ($14.99) 8) Speed Download 5 ($25.00) 9) KeyCue 6 ($28) 10) A Better Finder Rename 9 ($19.95) 11) My Living Desktop 5 ($29.95)

The total value is $456.80 — MacUpdate is $49.99, as always.

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VMware Fusion Stories March 28, 2012

From 9to5Toys.com:

Ending Saturday, StackSocial offers the $30 The TuneUp Bundle which offers to “Cleanup your iTunes Music Collection. Automagically.” The TuneUp Bundle (Lifetime License) includes:

• Clean — Accurately fixes mislabeled or missing song information (like “Track 01” or “Unknown Artist”) using cutting-edge waveform recognition

• Cover Art — Scans your entire music collection in seconds and automagically™ fills in missing album artwork

• DeDuper— Intelligently finds and removes duplicate music files from your music library using waveform recognition

• Tuniverse — Delivers music videos, artist bios, concert alerts, social network integration and more

Ending today, MacUpdate has one of the best bundles we have ever seen on a wide-ranging set of Mac software. You are breaking even with the VMware Fusion 4 headliner, but there are great apps up and down the lineup including Drive Genius disk utility, PDFPen 5 PDF editor, Snapheal photo editing, Forklift FTP/Finder Utility, Typinator 5. These are all great apps…. expand full story

VMware Fusion Stories March 14, 2012

From 9to5Toys.com:

MacUpdate has one of the best bundles we have ever seen on a wide-ranging set of Mac software. You are breaking even with the VMware Fusion 4 headliner, but there are great apps up and down the lineup including Drive Genius disk utility, PDFPen 5 PDF editor, Snapheal photo editing, Forklift FTP/Finder Utility, Typinator 5. These are all great apps.

* 1. VMware Fusion 4 ($49.99) * 2. Drive Genius 3 ($99.00) * 3. PDFpen 5 ($59.95) 4. ForkLift 2.5 ($29.95) * 5. Typinator 5 ($33.00) * 6. DesktopShelves 2 ($14.99) * 7. Snapheal ($14.99) 8. Boom [2-Mac Home Pack] ($10.99) * 9. Phone to Mac ($24.95) * 10. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition ($29.99) * 11. Worms Special Edition ($9.99)

* = has never been in a bundle before

The total value is $377.79 — 78% off = $49.99, as always.

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VMware Fusion Stories November 22, 2011

VMware, the maker of a popular virtualization software Fusion, seems to be backpedalling on the last week’s release of VMware Fusion 4.1 for the Mac. As originally noted by Macworld, Fusion 4.1 was released with support for virtualization of Lion, Snow Leopard and Leopard clients. A dialog box pops up when installing an operating system client in Fusion 4.1, asking user to “verify” that they are in compliance with their software’s licensing terms.

In essence, this removes VMware from the position of having to evaluate and enforce Apple’s operating-system license, and instead leaves the decision in the hands of users.

In a new blog post today, VMware hinted an upcoming update will “fix” their “mistake”.

When the license verification step was added in VMware Fusion 4.1 the server edition check was omitted. We are preparing an update. […] Users should always ensure they remain in compliance with any applicable software license agreements.

Of course, per Apple’s EULA only server software is supposed to be virtualized and the above wording pretty much spells doom for Snow Leopard or Leopard client virtualization in the next Fusion release. At the end of the day, VMware is fixing Fusion the same way people fix their dogs. What is Apple’s official stance on this issue?

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