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I'm already a VMWare Fusion 2 user and Fusion 3 (just released here) has numerous features in conjunction with Snow Leopard.

I'm curious to know if anyone in particular has tried it out and specifically tried out OpenGL 2.1/DirectX 9.0c compatibility. I'll probably buy it anyway but I wanted to hear anyone's experience with it.

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been running VMWare Fusion 3 for about 2 days now - was really looking forward to it just for the 64-bit OS X kernel support.

Anyway, good news is Fusion 3 is slightly faster, and I'm loving the new Application Start button located in Apple's menu bar.

Bad news - OpenGL 2.1/DirectX 9.0c compatibility still sucks. More games run now - but they still run like molasses on my MBP, and often with graphical glitches. wasn't expecting much though.

Personally, I'd recommend shelling USD$40 for the update, just for the speed increase and better integration alone. However, do it after the serial number debacle is over and VMWare gets it right.

Also - make a backup of your VMs, and give Fusion 3 trial a whirl - decide if it's worth the $40.

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It's safe to say that if you want native gaming performance/capability, BootCamp is your best option. For running non-graphics intensive apps, Fusion 3 is top notch! (I was a Beta tester) – EmmEff Oct 28 '09 at 14:54
+1 Caliban for the info. I know never to expect hard-core graphical games to perform similar to the non-virtualized solutions, but I was hoping this was a substantial/noticeable increase. But if Fusion3 overall is faster and the other non-gaming features are just as good, I may as well just bite and get the upgrade. – osij2is Oct 28 '09 at 15:09
Thanks, EmmEff. I use Fusion largely for .NET development but I miss some of my games and I want to use my MBP exclusively for gaming as well. – osij2is Oct 28 '09 at 15:16
You might also want to take a look at SizeUp, it’s very useful for moving windows between screens and spaces with the keyboard: – Martín Marconcini Nov 12 '09 at 0:06

I'm using it since it was released (yesterday morning). I love it! Aero support, the start menu, significantly better performance in Windows 7 VMs and a slightly nicer interface make it totally worth it for me.

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+ 1 for the info Paperflyer. Thanks for mentioning Windows 7. I've been using the beta but haven't bought it just yet. – osij2is Oct 28 '09 at 15:10

I have a mixed set of results. I brought the upgrade and used it since the day it was released. I use Vista 32 and XP for VS2008 (vista) + SQL2008 (on XP) .NET C# Winforms development.

I was happy (despite the awful bug with Exposé + Unity where VMware won’t correctly show the content of Windows windows (lol) when in Exposé), and I think is an improvement over VMware 2.06. It’s faster and has a few more options (The menu is nice as already mentioned).

However after following Parallels on twitter and the mixed results, I decided to give Parallels 5 a try. I had a Parallels 1, 2 an 3 license, skipped 4 in favor of VMware.

Parallels 5 compiles and works noticeably faster within VS2008. The compilation clearly takes less time (didn’t benchmark but after almost two weeks working with a product, I instantly saw the speed increase). My application uses a lot of GDI+ code. I was shocked to see that it was that fast (I was always complaining about slowness in GDI+!). Parallels runs circles around VMware in that aspect.

I have a powerful box (Mac Pro 8 cores 10Gb RAM) but I had that before, so no change between both products. I have them both and I occasionally switch between them (svn update and good to go). The VMs have been converted from VMware to Parallels, so I assume that any reinstall will be even better for Parallels (waiting on Win 7 to try both on a fresh install).

Despite all this, Parallels 5 has bugs too. Some details. I’d say you give it a try. Some people think that CPU usage is all that matters, but I don’t agree. VM responsiveness and day-to-day work is what matters. So far, I prefer Parallels. Stil 13 trial days :)

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