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VMware Fusion 2 [OLD VERSION]

by Smith Micro Software Inc.
Mac OS X Intel
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews) 3 answered questions

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Product Features

  • Run Windows side-by-side with Mac OS X without rebooting
  • Run Windows applications across multiple screens; instantly launch Windows applications from any Mac file, the Dock and more
  • Use Exposé to switch between Windows and Mac applications; minimize Windows applications to the Dock
  • Run 3D games, design software and other graphics-intensive apps with support for DirectX 9.0 Shader Model 2 3D hardware-accelerated graphics
  • Use Windows-only USB devices on your Mac, including GPS receivers, cell phones, PDAs, and iSight cameras

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Mac OS X Intel
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001F5VBRU
  • Item model number: VMFM20BX2
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 2, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,122 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

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Vm ware Fusion 2.0

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Who says you can't have it all? Get the best of both worlds and seamlessly run your favorite Windows applications on the Mac with VMware Fusion. Instantly launch Windows applications from any Mac file, the Dock, and more. Run Windows side-by-side with Mac OS X without rebooting, and quickly switch between Windows and Mac applications with Exposé. Use Windows-only USB devices on your Mac including GPS receivers, cell phones, PDAs, and iSight cameras. Run 3D games, design software and graphics-intensive apps with support for DirectX 9.0 Shader Model 2 3D. You can even bring your entire PC along, virtually, using VMware Converter. Windows really is better on the Mac.

Who says you can't have it all? Get the best of both worlds and seamlessly run your favorite Windows applications on the Mac with VMware Fusion. Click to enlarge.

Mac and Windows unite with VMware Fusion's powerful "Unity" view. Click to enlarge.

Share data back and forth between your Windows and Mac with ease. Click to enlarge.

Run 3D games, design software and other graphic-intensive applications. Click to enlarge.

VMware Fusion 2 doubles the number of virtual CPUs you can attach to a virtual machine, with experimental support for 4-way vSMP virtual machines. Click to enlarge.

Get the best of both worlds.

Moving to the Mac is easy.
Getting started is a breeze. Import your existing Windows PC with VMware Converter, or easily install a new Windows OS in a few simple steps with Windows Easy Install.

Graduate from Boot Camp.
VMware Fusion is the perfect complement to Apple's Boot Camp. No more choosing between Mac or Windows on boot; run Windows side-by-side with Mac OS X from your existing partition. And when you're ready, import your Boot Camp partition to reclaim extra space and enjoy great features such as Snapshots, AutoProtect, and Suspend and Resume.

3D for you and me.
Run 3D games, design software and other graphics-intensive apps with support for DirectX 9.0 Shader Model 2 3D hardware-accelerated graphics.

Displays for days.
Use Windows applications across as many displays as you please--up to eight screens.

Mac to the core.
Built from the ground up for the Mac, VMware Fusion works the way you expect with customizable tool bars, Quick Look integration, searchable Apple help and more.

Airbags for your Mac.
Take snapshots of your Windows installation, and always have the option to roll back to a safe state in case of trouble. And with AutoProtect, automated snapshots let you easily go back in time to before problems occurred.

USB without limits.
VMware Fusion lets you use Windows-only USB devices on your Mac--from GPS receivers, to cell phones, PDAs and even Apple iSight cameras.

Keep the bugs away.
To keep Windows XP and Windows Vista on your Mac as safe as possible, VMware Fusion includes a complimentary 12-month subscription to McAfee VirusScan Plus.

Maximize your Mac.
Take your Mac to the max by running virtual machines with up to four virtual CPUs, 8GB of RAM and with 64-bit operating systems.

Features:

  • Seamlessly integrate Windows applications with the Mac
  • Instantly launch Windows applications from any Mac file, the Dock and more
  • Run Windows side-by-side with Mac OS X without rebooting
  • Minimize Windows applications to the Dock
  • Use Exposé to switch between Windows and Mac applications
  • Import an existing PC with VMware Converter
  • Install new Windows OS with Windows Easy Install
  • Run Windows applications across multiple screens
  • Use Windows-only USB devices on your Mac, including GPS receivers, cell phones, PDAs, and iSight cameras
  • Run 3D games, design software and other graphics-intensive apps with support for DirectX 9.0 Shader Model 2 3D hardware-accelerated graphics
  • Winner of more than a dozen industry awards


Customer Reviews

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81 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Windows Under Glass November 21, 2008
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Overview:

App Performance: A+
VM states suspend and resume seamlessly and quickly.

Windows Performance:A+
The windows users in my office are using fairly new PCs and laptops, but with crappy graphics cards. My Macbook Pro (early 2007 version) runs windows "faster" than any version of windows in the office. Is it really faster? There's no way to know without running benchmarks, but it seems faster, and that's something.

Interface: A -
Accessibility to Windows and Windows apps is simple, as are installation and configuration utilities. Windows apps are still bound to a single screen when using spaces - even in 'unity' mode. This is a major gripe I have with VMs in general, as I use multiple work spaces. For those who use a single screen, or who run the VM in a dedicate screen 'space', this isn't a problem. It keeps me out of 'unity' mode and in full screen though.

Mac/PC sharing: A
Your home folder on your Mac shows up as an attached drive (Z:), making navigation to mac directories and files simple and easy (and fast!)

Networking: A+
Fast networking, with setup so easy I almost forgot to review it :-)
Overall: A+

Details:

I'm a long-time Windows-on-Mac user, starting back in the day of Virtual PC, and most recently using Parallels (I currently use Parallels v3.0). I want to start this review by saying that, for many casual PC users looking to run Windows on a Mac, there probably isn't a need -- most everything I do day to day (at work and home) can be done on either OS, and if you own mac hardware, you'll be happier running Mac apps as well. UNLESS you have that "one application" that isn't supported natively.

In my office, we:
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74 of 78 people found the following review helpful
I am a Mac owner and a former PC owner--Compaq. I have quite a few PC software that would be very expensive to replace because of the difference between the Mac OS and Windows.

So what to do?

A few years ago when I was saving up to make the switch, there was only one software available--"Virtual PC"--then, Microsoft bought them out. Then, came word that several private companies were working on their own virtual software. Parallels Desktop for Mac came out and then came news of the Wine project-- a group of engineers whom pooled their resources to develop a kind of "anti-operating system" if you would. Once installed, many Windows based software would automatically install itself on the Mac (or Linux) operating system, thus bypassing the need to buy a Windows operation system or re-purchase the software for the different platform. One of the contributors to the Wine Project, Codeweavers developed their own brand of Wine, called "CrossOver For Mac,"with modifications and some improvements over the collective project.

I decided that I needed to get Parallels because I couldn't get my Sprint wireless card to adapt to the Mac OS. I forked over $70 plus $125 for Windows XP Home. I told myself $200 is a whole lot better than buying another PC laptop. Everything went fine for several months. Then it didn't. After about 4 months, Parallels stopped working. It would either freeze constantly or crash. Other reviewers have called it "the blue screen of death," and that's exactly the best way to describe it. I had to constantly reset the program. Nothing seemed to reduce the frequency of it stalling. I had to uninstall and re-install it only to repeat this feature every two (2) weeks.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth and the program gives access to PC programs October 21, 2008
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My daughter, the resident techno geek, installed the VMware Fusion 2 virtual machine program on our iMac yesterday. After installation she played Guild Wars and Oblivion using the virtual machine. Guild Wars ran fairly well and both the audio and video was smooth. Oblivion, which is a memory hog, didn't fare so well. It crashed the virtual machine. So it was a no go for Oblivion.

Today, I fired up the VMware Fusion 2 virtual machine and used it to run Mastercook. I love Mastercook and was sad to quit using the program as it does not run on a Mac. Low and behold, I was up and running Mastercook through the virtual machine. The program ran smoothly, relatively quickly, and I was so pleased to have my old friend back.

Our Mac runs at 2.16 ghz and has 1 GB memory. By the way, our Mac is a Intell Core 2 Duo machine.

Also, the virtual machine accessed Boot Camp on the partition, for all the Mac geeks who are interested. The partition access was done automatically.

We have used both Parallels and VMware Fusion 2 and we much prefer the Vmware Fusion 2 program.

Overall, we are very pleased with this software. It was very easy to install, as my daughter says it was a couple clicks, and she was done.

Note: Yesterday I ran into a minor problem using the VMware Fusion 2 virtual machine. I tried to print out sewing patterns using the virtual machine. The sewing pattern pieces did not print correctly using the virtual machine. I had to print the patterns directly through Boot Camp.

I am still very pleased with the ease of use with this software program. It is rare that I have to go to the "dark side" but when I do the VMware Fusion 2 makes the swap easy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't work with Mountain Lion
I got this because I have two programs that only run on windows. I'm sure this software would work just fine if you have an older operating system on your mac, but I DOES NOT work... Read more
Published 10 months ago by E
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Virtual Machine
I purchased this software when I got my MacBook, I have since upgraded twice, the first time to Version 4 because Version 2 did not work with OSX Mountain Lion, I then upgraded to... Read more
Published 12 months ago by pacsailor
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money
I bought this for my new Macbook Pro, with Mountain Lion OS, and it will NOT install. It does not work with the newest Mac OS. Do NOT waste your money. Read more
Published 17 months ago by nctjc
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Program
Loved this app. Now that its old i would recommend getting the Parallels app. More features and better speed options.
Published 18 months ago by Apple User
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to install and use
I have been a PC gal ever since there have been PCs. When I wanted to try using a Mac, I needed to bring some of my Windows software over to the new machine. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Cathy Stucker
1.0 out of 5 stars Extremely slow to load cumbersome to use
I bought this so I could easily and quickly switch between my usual OS10 software and my Windows software (Route Guidance and Genealogy only). Read more
Published 23 months ago by Kenneth Kaplan
5.0 out of 5 stars This did the job.
When I was studying for my MCITP tests, this did the job great to get Windows VMs up and running on my old iMac (it was running Snow Leopard at the time.)
Published 24 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Served the purpose
Bought this deeply discounted version to get the upgrade price for the current one. We use VMware on my wife's iMac and Parallels on my MacBook Pro. Read more
Published on January 8, 2012 by W. Tobias
3.0 out of 5 stars Performance Lags (but it's in your OS)
I bought VMware Fusion because I had read online reviews that had made it sound like a viable alternative to Boot Camp. Read more
Published on November 7, 2010 by R. A. Reynolds
4.0 out of 5 stars Fusion is on the right track for success
Fusion is on the right track, they know what their users want in a emulator and work to deliver it. I've been using them since version 2 to maintain data on a PC system when we... Read more
Published on October 23, 2010 by Craig Frooninckx
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