Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 2nd Dec 2006 18:51 UTC, submitted by Mac
Mac OS X Parallels has released a new beta of its virtualisation product for Mac OS X. This new release includes one major new feature, something Parallels calls Coherency: "Shows Windows applications as if they were Mac ones. Try it and enjoy best of both worlds truly at the same time. No more switching between Windows to Mac OS." Screenshot.
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RE: root window
by bogomipz on Sat 2nd Dec 2006 21:02 UTC in reply to "root window"
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RE[2]: root window
by ma_d on Sat 2nd Dec 2006 21:12 in reply to "RE: root window"
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2005-06-29

That's very cool. Is that in the current Parallels?

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RE[2]: root window
by rajj on Sat 2nd Dec 2006 21:42 in reply to "RE: root window"
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2005-07-06

They're not interleaved. All of the VM windows are behind the others on a single plane.

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RE[3]: root window
by bogomipz on Sun 3rd Dec 2006 00:37 in reply to "RE[2]: root window"
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2005-07-11

Ah, you are right. This otherwise impressive screencast shows that clicking an XP window brings them all to the top;

http://michaelverdi.com/index.php/2006/12/02/parallels-screencast/

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RE[3]: root window
by Kitty on Sat 2nd Dec 2006 21:49 in reply to "RE: root window"
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2005-10-01

They don't look intermingled to me... I think all OS-X windows there are on top of all XP windows. As raji said, the hack is having a transparent root/desktop window for XP and showing it exactly overlapping the OS-X desktop. I haven't tried it yet, but I guess they put some extra care in click passing so that it looks like you can focus windows "as if" they were all on a single desktop.
I'm not sure I appreciate this kind of "cosmetic" coherence over true per-application remoting (a la RDP) or hosted execution (a la WINE), but I suppose it's a practical quick fix for things like drag-and-drop.

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