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Monthly Archives: August 2008

VMware Fusion 2 Goes Release Candidate: Embedded Antivirus Software, Enhanced Localization, and More.

VMware Fusion 2 Release Candidate 1 is now freely available for download.

Just like VMware Fusion 2 Beta 1 and VMware Fusion 2 Beta 2, the RC is free to download.  VMware Fusion 2 will be a free, downloadable upgrade for all VMware Fusion 1.x customers, when released.

Keep those bugs away!

Building on great features like Multiple Snapshots and AutoProtect automatic, timed snapshots that keep your Windows-on-Mac experience as safe as  possible, VMware Fusion 2 RC also includes an embedded complimentary 12-month subscription to McAfee VirusScan Plus to make sure your Windows XP and Vista stay squeaky clean.

You can install VirusScan Plus right from the VMware Fusion menu bar, from the moment you create a new virtual machine, meaning you’re always protected.


Jet Setting VMware Fusion 2: Add Spanish and Italian

VMware Fusion 1.x ships in English, French, German, Japanese, and Simplified  Chinese.  VMware Fusion 2 RC adds Italian and Spanish to that list, making sure the VMware Fusion team will be welcomed with open arms on our next team offsite to Cancun, Barcelona, and Rome.

3D Getting Better and Stronger

3D performance keeps getting stronger and more polished, as seen recently in the launch of Microsoft’s new Photosynth 3d photo visualization product. 

Lots of Mac users were disappointed to see that Photosynth shipped without native Mac support.  The good news is, it runs just fine in VMware Fusion 2 RC.  You can read our blog post here about Photosynth for Mac.


Nuts and Bolts for Web Developers

And for you Mac web developers out there who enjoy using Mac-based web development editors like Panic Software’s Coda or Bare Bones’ BBEdit, but need to verify your creations on Windows-based browsers too, VMware Fusion 2 RC modifies the way it treats Windows-based web browsers shared using VMware Fusion 2’s application sharing.

Now you can you can launch your web page projects right into any Windows browser you like, not just the Windows-default browser, directly from the development environment.  Windows-based Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, and even Safari for Windows, all on the same virtual machine, all accessible from your development editor!

As always, you can read about all the new additions, bug fixes, and more in the Release Notes.

EDIUS Pro on the Mac with VMware Fusion

One of the great commenters, on the VMware Fusion forums points out that his favorite “NLE” software (Nonlinear editing, for those, like me, who didn’t know what that means), EDIUS by Thompson Grass Valley, runs like a champ on his Mac Pro with VMware Fusion 2 Beta 2.

But he wasn’t content there.  He even went and made some two screencasts of EDIUS Pro 4 running on his Mac Pro, 8-core box, with VMware Fusion 2 (I re-uploaded them to YouTube because Liverwriter was having an issue with his Screencast.com embeds)

Way to go! 

High intensity video-focused apps keep getting better and better in VMware Fusion 2, as you have probably seen from our post on Microsoft Photosynth on Mac, Microsoft Worldwide Telescope on Mac, and the 2D and 3D demos we did for the VMware Fusion 2 Beta 2 release.

Check it out:

And here’s another:

Microsoft Photosynth on the Mac with VMware Fusion 2

Just to show everyone how the latest and greatest Windows software will pretty much

always run on a Mac on VMware Fusion, we made a quick video demo of Microsoft’s Photosynth 3d photo visualization product—which supposedly doesn’t run on a Mac, even according to Microsoft!

Late last night I was scanning the Twitter chatter on “VMware Fusion” and saw a bunch of people chatting it up about Microsoft’s new Photosynth 3D photo visualization productWalt Mossberg has a review of it here.

More the the point, a lot of people were griping about how Photosynth doesn’t work natively on Mac OS X (like a lot of first-release Microsoft products), but moreover, that the only option for running it on a Mac was Windows in Boot Camp.  This, according to Microsoft’s own site.

We’ll see about that!

Naturally, I was skeptical, so I fired up my “play around” XP VM, and pulled down the Photosynth installer using Internet Explorer.  About five minutes later, I was walking through a 3D Taj Mahal and Stonhenge, on my Mac, with VMware Fusion.

My guess is that the people at Microsoft tried it with VMware Fusion 1.1.3, or maybe in another (gasp!) Mac virtualization product that failed, and just assumed that it would in VMware Fusion too. 

Well, on my MacBook Pro I’m running VMware Fusion 2 Beta 2, in which 3D has gotten a lot better (up to DirectX 9 Shader 2!).

You can see more about high performance 3D and 2D video in VMware Fusion 2 Beta 2 in the video below, and can download the free beta here.

How to Access a Firewire Hard Drive Using VMware Fusion

Pete_s VMware Dell Dale Komai over at the Macsolvers blog has a great post up about how to access an external firewire drive from a virtual machine on VMware Fusion.

Even though VMware Fusion doesn’t currently support firewire pass-through, such that a virtual machine can’t “see” a firewire device as an actual firewire device, unlike how USB devices will show up to the virtual machine, there are workarounds for certain cases, this being one.

The way that Dale does it, like a lot of our users, is to set up the external firewire drive as a shared folder, using VMware Fusion’s “shared folders” feature.

Check out his post to learn more about how to use an external firewire even from inside your Windows virtual machine.


Best Practices for Running Mac OS X Server Virtual Machines on VMware Fusion 2 Beta 2

Pete_s VMware Dell The VMware Fusion engineering team has thrown together a document on best practices for running Mac OS X Leopard Server on VMware Fusion 2 Beta 2, and we wanted to call it out to all of you.

There’s already a lot of interest in virtualization Mac OS X Leopard Server now that Apple has allowed it in their EULA, and that VMware Fusion 2 Beta 2 has shipped, supporting it.

Some of the VMware Fusion engineers threw together a document on the VMware Fusion community forums with some tips and tricks on how to best install and optimize a Mac OS X Leopard Server VM on VMware Fusion 2 Beta 2. 

You can find the document in question here.

And for people who are reading this saying “What the heck are you talking about, Mac OS X virtualized?" go ahead and watch this video:

The Age of Virtualization-accelerated Mac OS X Development Begins

Big Iron -- Three Major Server OSes That didn’t take long…

With the launch of VMware Fusion 2 Beta 2, the age of virtualization-enabled Mac software development has dawned.

Gus Mueller is an independent software developer over at Flying Meat software—developers of Acorn image editor, Voodoo Pad, FlySketch, and a whole passel of other titles.

Well, Gus has a great post up on his blog about how he’s already using VMware Fusion 2 Beta 2 to help him do Mac development better and faster now that he can run Mac OS X Server in a VM.

Virtualization for the Developers and Testers of the World

For those who don’t know, developers and testers like to be able to test their software on brand new, clean machines, to make sure that nothing they have on their machine is masking a problem that might show up on your or my machine.

Back before x86 virtualization, you do this by having a bunch of physical machines.  But even then, rolling them back to a clean state can be a pain, even if you script it.

VMware Workstation has been solving this problem for Windows and Linux developers for nearly a decade now—letting developers and testers roll multiple physical machines into a single physical machine hosting virtual machines, and use “snapshots” to quickly roll back any changes to a virtual machine to a pristine base state.

Mac OS X and Virtualization At Last

Now, with VMware Fusion 2’s support of Mac OS X Server as a guest operating system, plus multiple snapshots, Mac OS X developers and testers can create a fresh install of Mac OS X Server, take a snapshot of it, and always have that ready to roll back to when they’re done—no multiple machines. No scripts.  Just quick.

There’s already a handy document up on the VMware Fusion forums showing how to install Mac OS X Server virtual machines and tweak for performance optimization.

Some of these features are pointed out in one of the videos we made for the Beta 2 Launch on the “Tech Pro” features that are in VMware Fusion 2 Beta 2: