Parallels Toolbox for Mac has been updated with a handful of macOS Mojave features, including Dark Mode support and the ability to annotate screenshots with the new and improved systemwide Take Screenshot tool.
Parallels Toolbox 3, a free update for existing users, features three new tools for quickly uninstalling apps, viewing local times in various locations around the world, and revealing files and folders that are normally hidden in macOS.
The complete list of new and enhanced features added in Toolbox 3, as outlined in Parallels' press release:
Uninstall Apps: Easily remove applications and their files with a single click for faster removals.
World Time: See local times in various locations around the world to save time when working with colleagues globally.
Hidden Files: Reveals and conceals files normally hidden in MacOS to reduce desktop clutter and increase productivity.
Annotate Screenshots: Available only for macOS Mojave users, they can now use the Take Screenshot tool to add helpful markups including text, arrows, circles and more for quicker use in emails or presentations
Support for playlist download from video hosting websites: Quickly download playlists from Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, and many more
Safari Extension for Download Video: Users can now enjoy a download video extension on their Safari browsers for quicker access downloading online videos to their desktops (compatible with macOS Mojave and Safari 12)
Dark Mode: Support for the setting in macOS Mojave
Customizable "Save As": Each individual tool now allows new files to be saved in customizable locations, rather than the same default destination, for streamlined efficiency
Resize Image: HEIF now joins JPEG, TIFF, and PNG as supported formats
Record Audio: Users can now save audio recordings in a MP3 file format, with the built-in microphone in a single click. You can also record from an external microphone or the computer if it's selected as the input source in System Preferences › Sound
Parallels Toolbox adds a dropdown menu to the macOS menu bar with a collection of tools and shortcuts that simplify common tasks to just a click or two, such as taking screenshots, resizing images, hiding the desktop, recording audio, switching resolutions, creating password-protected archives of files, and more.
Note that while Parallels is best known for its virtualization software that allows for Windows and Linux to be run within macOS, its Toolbox software can be used natively on any compatible Mac or Windows PC.
Parallels today announced a series of individual "Toolbox Packs" that aim to help users cut down the time-consuming tasks on their Mac or PC, including a Presentation Pack, a Screen and Video Pack, and a Disk and System Pack. Parallels president Jack Zubarev explained that each pack features a "comprehensive suite of single-purpose tools" that will help simplify workflows.
For example, in the Presentation Pack there's a one-click "Presentation Mode" that hides desktop files, blocks email and message notifications, prevents sleep mode, and automatically adjusts resolution for external displays. The Screen and Video Pack includes screenshot capturing tools and a "Record Screen" feature so that users can quickly record their entire screen -- or just a specified area -- and then convert the video, download it, or create a GIF.
In an effort to keep Macs running efficiently, the System and Disk Pack provides the "Clean Drive" ability to easily scan files and delete duplicates, discover the largest files, remove temporary OS and application files, and more. Parallels said this tool periodically reminds users to run it so that they can keep their computer's performance up-to-speed. There's also a "Free Memory" toolbar add-on to easily check to see how much RAM is available.
“People waste too much time searching for solutions to common tasks on their computers that should be able to be accomplished with one click,” said Jack Zubarev, Parallels president.
“That’s why our time-saving Parallels Toolbox for Windows and Mac software – which features a comprehensive suite of simple single-purpose tools, with new tools added every few months – is so loved by our customers. Now, people whose computing tasks involve presentations, screen and video work, or disk and system optimization, can get Parallels Toolbox Packs, which each feature a collection of one-click tools tailored for their needs.”
Those interested can check out free trials of each Toolbox Pack on Parallels' website, and the company sells each individual Pack for an annual subscription price of $9.99 per year. Customers can also opt to get the full suite of new Parallels Toolbox Packs for $19.99 per year.
Parallels previously launched Parallels Toolbox 2.5 in February, which introduced many of these features in a drop-down toolbar screen at an overall price of $19.99 per year. Because some users pointed out that they don't need all of these features under one higher price tag, Parallels responded with today's announcement of individual, "cost-effective" Toolbox Packs, which will see new features added to each pack in the coming months.
Outside of these packs, Parallels' software allows users to run Windows on a Mac without needing to reboot. You can find more information on the Toolbox Packs and the main features of Parallels on the company's website.
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Parallels has released Parallels Toolbox 2.5 for Mac, bringing a handful of new features to the standalone application which aren't necessarily tied to virtualization. Essentially, the Toolbox places a drop-down menu in the Mac's menu bar, allowing users to do certain tasks more quickly. Tasks include the ability to record the screen, take screenshots, record audio, archive files, convert and download video, lock the screen, and more.
New one-click tools in this version include: a Screenshot Page function, which lets you capture and print lengthy web pages that don't fit on a single screen; a Free Memory tool for checking available RAM and quickly reclaiming memory; and a batch image resizing utility to convert multiple images to your desired file size and format.
Elsewhere, Toolbox 2.5 includes enhancements to existing functions, such as Clean Drive live disk monitoring, extended Download Video and Record Video options, and new delay settings for Screen Capture. In addition to the above, Parallels has streamlined the video/photo capture and conversion process, and enhanced the presentation and screen sharing modes to make additional options available to the host user. This version also has Archive and Unarchive utilities bundled to improve workflows involving file compression.
Lastly, Parallels has announced Toolbox Business Edition, offering IT admins focused time-saving tools that aim to solve help tickets more efficiently, such as license and subscription management features, mass Toolbox deployment, and customizable Tool libraries for individual users.
Parallels Toolbox 2.5 for Mac is available at the Parallels website as a standalone product for $19.99 per year. Each annual license includes free updates of new and enhanced tools as they become available.