Tuesday, 04 July 2017 10:08

Parallels takes its Toolbox to Windows

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As its name suggests, Parallels Toolbox for Windows packages a collection of tools as one product.

The company's pitch is that it is quicker and cheaper than competing utilities, even those with fewer functions.

Toolbox for Windows is broadly similar to the Mac product that Parallels launched nearly a year ago.

"Parallels Toolbox for Mac received an outstanding response after its initial launch last August, so we decided to bring these time-saving benefits to Windows users," said Parallels president Jack Zubarev. "Now, whether you use a PC or Mac, you can simply and quickly get tasks done on either platform."

Functions of the initial version include:

  • Archive/Unarchive files
  • Block camera
  • Take photo/video
  • Capture screen/window/area
  • Record screen/window/area
  • Download video
  • Convert video to MP4
  • Mute microphone
  • Record audio
  • Do not disturb (disable notifications and animations)
  • Do not sleep
  • Eject volumes (all external hard drives, memory cards, network volumes and mounted disk images)
  • Hide desktop icons
  • Lock screen
  • Launch (multiple items with one click)

Parallels Toolbox for Windows

Toolbox for Windows is sold only on subscription, priced at $12.95 a year (the same as the Mac version). Any updates or additional tools will be made available at no extra charge to current subscribers.

Functions recently added to the Mac version include downloading audio files, switching screen resolutions (including settings not directly accessible via System Preferences), airplane mode, and presentation mode.

Free trials of both versions are available.

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