Tuesday, 28 July 2020 18:15

Parallels releases Parallels Toolbox 4 and Parallels Access 6

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New versions of the Parallels Toolbox utility collection and Parallels Access remote PC and Mac access tool are now available.

Parallels Toolbox, available for Windows and macOS, already provides a wide selection of convenient tools including video and audio downloading, do not sleep, image resizing, screen recording and app uninstallation.

Parallels Toolbox 4 brings several new tools and capabilities:

• Break Time: schedule break reminders so you don't sit (or stand) at your computer for too long at a time.

• Unit Converter: Convert units of measurement and currencies by typing what you want to convert (eg, "25 C"). Conversion options appear and are automatically refined as you complete the query.

• The existing Search feature has been enhanced with hundreds of additional keywords to make it easier to find the Parallels Toolbox tool to help you achieve a goal.

• Window on Top (Windows only): Keep a particular app window on top of all others, even if the app does not have a native pin or float-on-top capability.

• Window Manager (Mac only): Snap an application window to half, one-third or one-quarter of the screen size by dragging it to the edge of the screen.

• Show Desktop (Mac only): Clear the desktop by either hiding or closing (according to your setting) all applications.

• Close Apps (Windows only): Clear the desktop by closing, minimising, hiding or force-quitting (according to your setting) all applications.

Parallels Toolbox 4 for Windows

Parallels Toolbox costs $27.99 a year from the Parallels website. A seven-day free trial is available.

Parallels Access provides remote access to up to five Windows or macOS computers from an unlimited number of iOS and Android devices and HTML5 browsers.

The subscription model means users are given access to any new features introduced during the licence term.

New features in Parallels Access 6 include:

• Personal Help: Remotely assist family and friends by having them install Parallels Access and then sending them a Personal Help link from the copy of Parallels Access on your device to gain remote access without having to mess around with passwords and other complexities.

• Bluetooth support for mice, trackpads, and gestures in iPadOS 13.4 or later.

• Android support for OneDrive and Google Drive via Parallels Access File Manager.

• Android edge-to-edge rendering and gestural navigation support.

“Unpredictable COVID-19 shelter-in-place and social distancing orders make it critical for remote workers to have easy-to-use solutions on their devices to stay productive – especially when IT tech support, co-workers and friends are not available locally to help with opportunities or resolving challenges that arise,” said Parallels senior vice president of engineering and support Nick Dobrovolskiy.

 Parallels Access is available from the Parallels website, Google Play and the App Store. After the trial period, subscriptions cost $24.99 a year or $43.99 for two years.

The business plan costs $71.45 a year and allows an IT administrator to create and manage an unlimited number of users who can each use one of five concurrent-user licenses from an unlimited number of mobile devices or HTML5 web browsers. Additional five-packs of licenses cost $71.45 a year.

The subscription model means users are given access to any new features introduced during the licence term.

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