So confused... VMWARE or PARALLELS?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mariotheotaku, May 15, 2008.


Should I choose wmware or parallels

  1. Choose VMWare

    55 vote(s)
  2. Choose Parallels

    13 vote(s)
  1. mariotheotaku macrumors regular

    Apr 16, 2008
    I decided to make my vista BC partition into a virtual machine since I don't use it as much as I wanted, should I use vmware or parallels? what are the mayor advantages of each?

    I know I can make my BC partition into a virtual machine with vmware but can you do it with parallels? Also how does cs3 run on a virtual machine?
  2. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    If you run windows based Adobe programs inside virtualization, you defeat many benefits of having OS X, example:

    - ability to open many apps documents at once AND switch between different apps without slow downs

    - expose (for say choosing the right portrait out of dozens)
  3. dwright1974 macrumors 6502


    Aug 13, 2007
    My vote is for Fusion. Excellent in my opinion. Tried Parallels and didn't get on with really.

    You can try them both for free before deciding.

    Incidentally, Fusion have just released a beta of version 2. Everyone who has bought/buys v1 gets v2 free!


    - D
  4. MSD401 macrumors 6502


    Oct 18, 2006
    +1 for vmware.... I love it think it runs xp faster than most standard desktops out very well for the research lab software I run.....
  5. karenflower macrumors 6502a


    Dec 7, 2007
    Another vote for VMware Fusion. It really does work well.
  6. CashGap macrumors 6502


    Sep 15, 2007
    Music City, USA
    I, on the other hand, own both and prefer...

    VMWare Fusion. Hands down. Not even close.
  7. David2070 macrumors member

    May 14, 2008
    I run Parallels and it works really well for me.

    I typically run software development environments (Eclipse, NetBeans) which are quite memory intensive, but work well.

    I'd recommend downloading the trials of both and seeing which you prefer.
  8. balwx macrumors regular

    Aug 22, 2007
    I installed the Fusion beta on my macbook earlier this week. I never used software like this so I was more curious. The beta installed easily, has been rock solid so far. I'm using XP with it (for using Money mostly). So far, its good. :) I maxed out the ram on this machine, fyi. :)
  9. dcl macrumors regular


    May 28, 2006
    Another vote for VMWare Fusion.

    XP runs better than it did on my old pc notebook.
  10. deputy_doofy macrumors 65816


    Sep 11, 2002
    Parallels runs XP better for me. While I don't use the Coherence / Unity mode any more (thanks to Spaces), Coherence (Parallels) was MUCH faster for me.

    Don't know why the speeds vary so drastically for people.
  11. tdhurst macrumors 601


    Dec 27, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
  12. joewop macrumors newbie

    Apr 18, 2008
    VMWare Fusion

    I have tried nearly all of the virtual application programs to run Winders on my Mac and have concluded that VMWare Fusion is the way to go. I come from the Winders world and support VMWare and Citrix in a large corporate environment. Although Parallels was OK, Fusion did all that Parallels did and is made by VMWare who is the king of the virtual world. Purchase Fusion and do not look back!!!
  13. SailorTom macrumors regular

    May 15, 2008
    parallels is for windows users

    I tried both fusion and parallels when i wanted to virtualise windows, although i never bothered with bootcamp, and decided to go with fusion based on UI. for me parallel has been designed for recent switchers and seems to be 'windows-centric' i.e i couldn't work it because it's like trying to work a windows app. fusion has a much more mac native UI so is easier to understand for me. i've also just downloaded the v2 beta and it looks awesome, really easy to use and some great features. fusion also seems good if you want to dabble in linux.

    Also as said before using windows to run CS3 is pointless, get the mac version. also unity in fusion adds an app icon to the dock which can be used to launch fusion,windows and that app, something you find useful if you do use CS3 in windows a lot. I don't know if there is a similar feature in parallels, make sure you try both before making a decision, i think it mostly comes down to personal choice.
  14. Neil321 macrumors 68040


    Nov 6, 2007
    Britain, Avatar Created By Bartelby
    My vote went for Fusion it ROCKS,tried them both,but have found through trial & error that Fusion is by far the more stable & reliable,been using it for god knows how long now and not a bad word to say about it
  15. rhett7660 macrumors G5


    Jan 9, 2008
    Sunny, Southern California
    And another vote for vm. Tried both, didn't like the feel or the use of parallels. Haven't regretted it for a second.
  16. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    I have Fusion, but only because I tried the Beta version and got a special price.

    I always wondered if there was any difference. You just start up WinXP in it. I think the difference between them is probably a bit exaggerated. Just get the one you like. I don't think you'll be dissatisfied if you bought one and stuck with it.
  17. unscriptable macrumors newbie


    Apr 16, 2008
    Definitely VMWare Fusion

    My vote is for Fusion. I have only been using it for a short time, but I can see already that it's handling of memory is way better. It uses less RAM and frees it all when it's shut down. Parallels fails miserably in this regard.

    Both are fast, but use more CPU than they should.

    Both have quirky issues with Spaces.

    Parallels has a few more features, but I find many of them annoying. (Stop clogging my Finder's "Open With..." menu with multiple copies of all of those darn windows apps I only ever used once! I turned that feature off months ago, too!) :mad:
  18. Sogo macrumors 6502

    Jan 4, 2004
    I too would vote for vmware. The software works great and I have enjoyed my extra productivity by having it installed on my system. Defiantly get vmware.
  19. tominco macrumors member

    Mar 14, 2008

    I've tried both Parallels and VMware Fusion. Parallels is on my kids' 2.0GHz iMac (10.4), and VMWare is on my Penryn MacBook Pro (10.5).

    I think VMware plays more nicely with OSX than Parallels. By that I mean: Unity is better than Coherence; copying files from OSX to windows (XP for me) and back is easier; and things are just faster. (I can't attribute the speed to the processor differences. It seems much snappier than that alone.)

    I will admit that I don't use either often, as the only things I need in Windows are Visio, the ability to watch streaming Netflix movies, and viewing that occasional web page that only works in IE.
  20. mariotheotaku thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 16, 2008
    Thanks for all of the replies guys, for the looks of things I am leaning towards vmware, the only reason I asked about cs3 running on windows is because I am currently getting my degree in web graphic design and you never know if a company uses windows instead of Mac os x. Also with vmware can you use the program and use bootcamp whenever you like?
  21. tdhurst macrumors 601


    Dec 27, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ

    If you're getting a job in web/graphic design and the company uses Windows, you're working for the WRONG company, my man. No joke.

    The good companies always give their designers the choice of platforms.
  22. mariotheotaku thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 16, 2008
    that is very true, lol. I guess I will look for a company that uses mac :p
  23. bmb012 macrumors 6502

    Jul 25, 2006
    I would DEFINITELY vote for VMWare, it's never given me any trouble running off my boot camp partition, while Parallels tried to hose it, and left me with 2 additional boot options that don't boot.
  24. RedTomato macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2005
    .. London ..
    The only issue with Fusion I've had is the lack of a snapshot manager. This is something that Parallels has, and matters to me. Parallels lets you take many, relabel them etc. Fusion only lets you take one, and that's it.

    However, I've found with Fusion, you can manage the snapshots yourself, i.e. move them around in OSX Finder and shift to external storage etc. It's a little more work though.
  25. Genghis Khan macrumors 65816

    Genghis Khan

    Jun 3, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    +1 VMware Fusion

    Fusion works so seemlessly, it actually improves windows.

    Both full screen and unity modes work seemlessly with expose and spaces.

    The only thing to note is, I've only ever used Vmware/parallels on Macs with 4GB RAM in them...

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