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Parallels Desktop 13.1 Update Gains APFS, HEVC, VR Support in macOS High Sierra

In August 2017, Parallels launched its latest version of Parallels Desktop 13 for Mac and with it, the announcement of macOS High Sierra "readiness."  However, that readiness appears to have been missing some pretty valuable support which has now been rectified with a new update being made available.   

This week, users of Parallels Desktop 13 for Mac may have noticed a new version being pushed out on Thursday that included full compatibility with the new Apple File System (APFS) and HEVC video standard included in macOS High Sierra, Apple's recently released next-generation Mac operating system.

Among the most important changes is support for the Apple File System, or APFS.  Parallels Desktop 13.1 can take advantage of Apple's cross-platform replacement for HFS+.  APFS is a more secure file system that integrates seamlessly across Apple's four major platforms: macOS, iOS, watchOS and tvOS.  The file system was built to take advantage of flash memory, bringing more security and better performance on Apple devices that make use of flash memory.  

Parallels Desktop 13.1 for Mac also now supports the HEVC video codec, Apple's system of choice for iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra.  Also called H.265, support for the advanced codec means the virtualization software will be able to benefit from more efficient compression of video files, smoother playback and overall higher quality images.

The new update also delivers virtual reality support and compatibility with Steam VR and the HTC Vive VR headset.

Finally, the latest update of Parallels Desktop 13.1 includes various improvements to core apps and utilities.  And there are a host of stability and performance fixes added, including:

  • Enables the user to create a new Boot Camp virtual machine on a Mac® with macOS® High Sierra.
  • Enables the user to install a High Sierra virtual machine from the Recovery partition on their High Sierra Mac.
  • Resolves an issue with some Windows shortcuts not working (for example, "Control+Shift+"+"/"-" in Microsoft Excel).
  • Resolves an issue with installing Parallels Tools on Windows XP (Note: Parallels Tools are used for Windows and macOS integration. Do not confuse them with Parallels® Toolbox.)
  • Resolves an issue with Windows not starting when opening a file associated with a Windows application on macOS.
  • Resolves an issue with crashes of BIMcollab ZOOM and TopSolid CAD.
  • Resolves an issue with Zoom In and Zoom Out in APEX 3.
  • Resolves an issue with "Sending as Attachment" not working for Windows files and Mac email client after suspending and resuming a Windows virtual machine.
  • Resolves an issue with OneDrive for Business not shared with macOS, even if that option is enabled.
  • Resolves an issue with Microsoft Windows Start menu not appearing when clicking the Windows icon if Dock auto-hide is enabled.
  • Resolves an issue with copying Windows files to Mac.
  • Resolves an issue with TeamViewer camera not working.
  • Resolves an issue with maximizing Windows applications in Coherence mode.
  • Resolves an issue with installing a macOS older than Mac OS X® Mavericks 10.9 in the virtual machine from the installation image.
  • Resolves an issue with macOS not going to sleep when there is a virtual machine in Coherence mode.

To download the latest update, current users can simply click the Parallels Desktop menu and select Check for Updates.

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Published Friday, October 06, 2017 9:41 AM by David Marshall
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