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My Home Office

“You can never have too much RAM, too much storage, or too many pixels.”  In my work at Parallels, I create lots of content: videos, blog posts, screenshots, and even a little code. Like everyone else, I also work almost exclusively at home, so I decided to spend a little time in the last month to put together a home office setup that would help me create even more content in a more … [Read more...]

How to Move Fonts and Font Collections to a New Mac

Whoever dies with the most fonts wins. (Saying on an Image Club T-shirt I often wear.)  Among my many character flaws, I am a font addict. I really like using the right font to give precisely the perfect flavor to my writings, and I especially like having the proper glyph when I am using a foreign language expression or creating an image or video. This means I need a way to find a specific … [Read more...]

How to Run Among Us on a Mac

Unfortunately, Among Us is not officially supported on Mac. Fortunately, the game does work on Windows using Parallels® Desktop for Mac. Parallels Desktop runs Steam on Windows, which means if your computer meets the requirements you can run the game, even on a Mac. For those casual gamers out there, that don’t necessarily have a super gaming PC, Parallels does a great job of running quite a few … [Read more...]

Parallels Desktop and macOS Big Sur

Apple has at last released macOS Big Sur! First previewed at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in June 2020, and then finally released to the world in November 2020, macOS Big Sur has had the longest beta development cycle of any macOS release in recent history.  The silver lining: engineers at Parallels® used this time to work in lockstep with their Apple counterparts in an effort … [Read more...]

How to Manage the Hard Drive on your Mac with these Tools

One of my many character flaws is that I am a bit of a digital hoarder. I follow the advice given to me many years ago: “If you don’t have three copies of a digital file – each on a separate drive – then you don’t really care about losing it.” Great advice that has saved me many times, but I do tend to fill up hard drives pretty often. (By “hard drives” I mean any place that you can store files: … [Read more...]

New to Parallels Desktop? Can you use a VM on an external drive?

This post is part of a series to assist new users of Parallels Desktop.  Virtual machines for Parallels Desktop on your Mac can be pretty large. Even a basic install of Windows 10 with Office for Windows will take up more than 21GBs on your Mac’s internal drive. Now, if you use that VM every day, that is not an unreasonable storage commitment. But what about that macOS Mojave VM that you … [Read more...]

About Parallels Desktop system extensions on macOS Big Sur (and later)

Guest blog post from Dmitry Geynisman, Product Manager at Parallels You may have seen these messages from both macOS and Parallels Desktop for Mac: No worries, in this blog post I will explain the situation in detail. First, I will give you a relatively short answer about why Parallels® Desktop uses system extensions, and then more details will follow.  Parallels Desktop uses a … [Read more...]

Emojis Revisited: Are Emojis really Cross-Platform?

In 2018 I examined how emojis are handled cross-platform. But the world of emojis is constantly changing with new Emojis being added and I am seeing their use increase. So, it seems to me that this is a good time to revisit the question “Are emojis really cross-platform?” When you use an emoji in a text message, a tweet, a Facebook post, or in an email, what will the reader of your emoji … [Read more...]

How to Run the New Age of Empires III DE on a Mac with Parallels Desktop

I have written several times in the Parallels blog about my most favorite game franchise of all time: Age of Empires (Here, here, and here). Since Age of Empires is a Windows game, when I want to play it, I use a Windows virtual machine (VM) in Parallels Desktop – and that is why I write about Age of Empires here.  The last few years have seen a real resurgence in Age of Empires. (“There … [Read more...]

New to Parallels Desktop? Where to store your documents?

This post is part of a series to assist new users of Parallels Desktop. With Parallels Desktop on your Mac, you effectively have two (or more!) computers. So, where should you store the documents you create or work on? In the Mac’s Documents folder? In the Documents folder in Windows 10? Someplace else? There are several choices, and each choice has its own set of advantages and … [Read more...]