Introduction to Parallels:

Parallels Desktop for Mac is a Virtual Machine that gives Apple users the ability to run Windows or any other operating system and their critical applications at the same time as Mac OS X on any Intel-powered Mac.

Since Tourwriter is a Windows based application which requires Windows OS, Parallels allows Windows to be installed on Mac. With Parallels installed, it is possible to run Mac and Windows applications side by side.

Parallels offers a 14 day trial. To download the trial version, click here

Parallels Coherence View mode

Coherence is a view mode that allows you to run Windows applications on your Mac, as though they were native Mac applications. In Coherence mode, you can use both your Windows and Mac applications at the same time without managing two separate desktops or rebooting. You can even load Windows applications directly from your Mac Dock or Mac desktop. In this mode, all Parallels Desktop controls, icons, and menus are hidden, except for the Parallels icon in the Mac menu bar and the Windows Applications folder in the Dock. To know more about this feature, please refer this article.

Parallels Suspending Windows

By default, when you quit Parallels Desktop, Windows is suspended, and the next time you open Parallels Desktop Windows resumes exactly from where you left off.

If more than one person uses Windows on your Mac, then a user can access the account in Windows suspended by the previous user. To avoid this, you can disable automatically suspending Parallels Desktop.

To disable automatically suspending Parallels Desktop:

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Option-click (Alt-click) the Parallels icon  in the menu bar and choose Preferences, and then click General.
    • If the Parallels Desktop menu bar is visible at the top of the screen, choose Parallels Desktop > Preferences, and then click General.
  2. Select OS X Resume: Disable for Parallels Desktop.

Once automatically suspending Windows is disabled, each time you quit Parallels Desktop you can specify how you want Windows to shut down. And if you close the Parallels Desktop window, Windows shuts down according to how it’s set in shutdown settings. To ensure that another user can’t access your Windows account, set Windows to shut down or stop (rather than suspend).

Windows 10 Trial

Microsoft offers a Windows 10 trial for 90 days. You can take this opportunity to try Tourwriter on your Mac through both the Parallels and Windows trial versions. You need to register at Microsoft to download Windows 10.