Connectix Corp. today released a new update to its
PC emulation software for the Mac. The new version, 5.0.3, is ready for download.
VirtualPC enables Mac users to run Windows-compatible applications on their Mac without needing physical access to a Windows PC. The software emulates the operation of a PC computer, and is available bundled with different flavors of Microsoft’s Windows operating system.
Enhancements in 5.0.3 include:
Password Protection and Security
Sockets-Based Shared Networking
Advanced COM Port Settings
CPU Usage Controls
“Type CTRL-ALT-DEL” Menu Item
Long Filename Support for Shared Folders
Improved Printing Help and Printer Icon in Virtual PC Toolbar
Changes in VirtualPC 5.0.3 include:
Fixed bug that caused occasional issues with Windows XP installation and stability.
Fixed component in the Virtual PC Additions that caused instability in the network provider DLL in Windows XP. This had caused hangs during the initial boot of the Windows XP Home and Professional OS Packs as well as the Windows XP Home image that shipped with Virtual PC 5.0.
Modified USB code for isochronous devices (such as webcams).
Fixed issues related to sleeping and waking machines with Virtual PC running in full-screen mode.
Fixed issues with sleeping and waking a machine with multiple monitors running Virtual PC.
Various fixes to try to avoid stuttering when playing sounds in a PC in Mac OS X.
Various fixes in Virtual PC for AppleScript compatibility.
Fix crashing bug when the user does not have USB installed in their system under Mac OS 9 and they restore a saved state. This bug could cause a Beige G3 to crash on restore.
Fixed a synchronization issue that would cause rare random crashes on multi-processor machines.
Fixed a problem in the serial port emulation that could cause a rare crash.
Added a fix to avoid the “Another copy of Virtual PC is already running on this machine” dialog when Virtual PC was re-launched after a crash.
Updated the Virtual PC Additions.
The 5.0.3 update is available as a 10.43MB download, and it works on VirtualPC 5.0.x only. The first release is an English language localized version. Connectix anticipates adding French, German and Japanese 5.0.3 updates soon.