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VMware Fusion 1.0 RC1 - What's New?

VMware released the latest build 50460 of VMware Fusion 1.0 RC1.  So, what's new?

VMware Fusion is now feature complete and driving for general availability prior to the end of August. This release of VMware Fusion for Mac includes the following new features and feature improvements:

  • Unity Improvements: the seamless way to run Windows applications on your Mac:
    • Drag and Drop: Drag and drop files from Finder windows onto Windows applications or Windows Explorer windows.
    • Launch Windows applications from the VMware Fusion dock icon: Control-click or right-click the VMware Fusion dock icon, select your virtual machine and get access to the Launch Application window and the complete Programs menu for that virtual machine.
    • Unity support extended to more versions of Windows: This release provides experimental support for Unity on Windows 2000, Windows XP 64-bit, Windows Server 2003 (32-bit and 64-bit), and Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit).
    • Improvements to Launch Applications window and Application menu: Windows program icons now appear in the Launch Applications window and the Applications menu. Note: Beta 4 and Beta 4.1 users need to manually delete the hidden Unity Windows Applications folder for each Unity Virtual Machine. See Using Unity View.
    • Numerous bugs involving keyboard issues, display redrawing, minimizing to the dock, and window ordering have also been fixed in this release.
    • New hidden option to always show the Windows task bar in Unity. To enable this option, see Using Unity View.
  • Better Mac Integration
    • VMware Fusion is now compatible with system-wide keyboard shortcuts: You can now use Command Tab, Exposé, and your favorite keyboard shortcuts like Control-Space for Quicksilver and LaunchBar when a virtual machine is grabbed or in full screen view. You can also hide VMware Fusion when grabbed or in Full Screen or Unity view.
    • You can disable OS keyboard and mouse shortcuts separately in VMware Fusion > Preferences so all keyboard and mouse input goes directly to the virtual machine.
    • Use Control and Command-Click to support multi-button mouse: VMware Fusion now supports Control-Click to send a right mouse click and Command-Click to send a middle mouse click to your virtual machines.
    • Alt-Gr now supported on European keyboards. The right Enter key is remapped to Alt-Gr on Mac laptops. This is overridden when Num Lock is used to enable for numeric keypad support. To disable this feature, see Tips on using the Mac Keyboards.
  • Improved Boot Camp performance — This release improves disk performance in Boot Camp virtual machines, which shortens boot time and makes applications launch more quickly. Note: VMware recommends that you let VMware Fusion create a new Boot Camp virtual machine for your existing partition to obtain the best settings and performance.
  • Experimental 3D support restored for Intel GMA 950 graphics cards — Back by popular demand: users with Intel GMA 950 graphics can re-enable experimental 3D support. However, you are now warned that Intel GMA 950 does not fully support OpenGL 1.4 and that you may encounter issues
  • Improved experimental support for running on Mac OS X Leopard — Addressed in Beta 4.1, but VMware Fusion now installs and runs on the WWDC Mac OS X Leopard release.
  • Fixed USB problems when running on Mac OS X 10.4.10 and later — Addressed in Beta 4.1, VMware Fusion has been updated to support the latest USB stack introduced with the Santa Rosa MacBook Pros and with Mac OS X 10.4.10.
  • Improved resume from suspended state — Virtual machines now resume completely in the foreground to get you up and running as quickly as possible with complete speed in your virtual machines.
  • Optimize memory use for your needs — You can now choose to optimize memory usage for either virtual disk performance or for Mac OS X application use. In most cases for regular use and disk-intensive applications, the default to optimize for virtual disk use is ideal and improves performance. If you are low on memory or have memory-intensive Mac applications, choose to optimize memory for Mac OS X applications.
  • Other improvements
    • Option to force grab the guest — Use Command-G or Virtual Machine > Grab Input to move your mouse and keyboard focus to the virtual machine.
    • Option to reset all warnings and hidden messages

Note: After upgrading to the VMware Fusion RC1 release, make sure to upgrade VMware Tools in all your virtual machines. The enhancements in VMware Fusion RC1 require the latest version of VMware Tools. You must restart VMware Fusion after upgrading VMware Tools, to ensure that the Applications menu is correctly populated.

Thanks to Richard Cardona for sending the news!

Published Wednesday, July 04, 2007 12:15 PM by David Marshall
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