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VMware Fusion 3 (Mac)

by VMware
Mac OS X Intel
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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  • Optimized for Mac OS X Leopard and Snow Leopard
  • Highly optimized 64-bit engine, advanced memory and CPU management for maximum performance
  • Advanced 3D graphics with support for OpenGL2.1 and DirectX 9.0c Shader Model 3
  • Support for Windows Aero and Flip 3D animations to get the ultimate Windows experience on the Mac
  • New ultra-fast Migration Assistant for Windows to transfer your entire PC to your Mac wirelessly or using a cable
  • More than 50 new features
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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Mac OS X Intel
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 13.5 x 3.6 cm ; 32 g
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  • ASIN: B002Q72JB8
  • Release Date: 4 Nov. 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,663 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

English. Retail box. SnS is not required with software purchase. Fusion Per Incident Support and Media Kits sold separately.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great but ensure you have enough memory 13 Dec. 2009
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First....the positives:

After installing VMWare Fusion, I was really pleased at how easily it was all done. The system provides you with 3 options of installation - i.e windows from a CD, conversion from Boot Camp or import a copy of your PC. I installed Windows XP from an original CD and it was a complete breeze. You have a security option to decide whether you want to share all of your Mac data with windows or run an isolated process. I opted for the isolated option to protect my Mac data from the many PC viruses but then set up a sharing folder for the data I need to share with windows.

The settings are really useful and you can change how much memory or how many processor cores you want the Virtual Machine to use. You can also configure virtual drives if you want separate hard disk space and, although I couldn't assign my external USB partition as an actual drive, it worked fine as a virtual partition.

Now the not-so positives:

I am running this on a standard MacBook with snow leopard, a 2 GHZ dual core processor and 2 GB of memory. I assigned one core to the VM and left the standard allocation of 512MB of memory. Well, the first thing I noticed was that the virtual machine slowed to a crawl when I started running excel and Visual C++ at the same time. There was no real impact on my Mac apps so I changed the memory allocation to 1 GB each but that slowed it all down and it became such a pain I changed it back again. I need at least 4GB of memory if it is going to serve its purpose for me.


If you don't intend to use the VM and Mac Apps at the same time, and are happy to swap memory allocations, then it is perfect on any Mac.
If you want to run applications on both at the same time, ensure you have enough memory (2GB wont be enough).

UPDATE: I have now installed an extra 2GB of memory (now have 4GB in total) and it is superb !!. I have now upgraded my rating to 5 stars
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So easy, even an adult can use it. 30 Dec. 2009
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I bought this to go with purchase of a new 27" iMac. I've not completely converted to MacOS because of lack of support for certain things like phones and sat navs that I own. Not to mention that there are some things about MacOS that still annoy me intensely. The kit is nice to look at though!

Anyhow, thank God for software like this. Saying it's easy to set up is an understatement. After installing the software I put a Windows 7 install disc in the CD drive and fired up Vmware Fusions. Clicking on the 'File' menu and then 'New' brought up a dialogue box that recognised this was a windows install CD and correctly identified the OS as being windows 7 32 bit. I was prompted to input a password to the already input user-name (the same one I was logged in under MacOS X, which was fine) and it asked for the install code. I did this and then walked away to do something else. I expected to come back at some point where I would have to provide some other input. Instead I came back and it was done. Incredible. It opened the settings dialogue and I gave the virtual machine 2 of the processors and 2GB of memory. I clicked on the big 'play' symbol in the middle of the screen and I was booted into windows 7 in no time. I was then prompted to install some tools and the free McAfee Anti-virus (1 year license). So far, everything has worked like a dream. I've never had such a trouble free installation of a Windows Operating System. Even the networking was input free because it uses MacOS's internet access.

I then did the same with Windows XP pro, which was equally trouble free.

Initially you can only set the disc size as 40GB for some reason, but you can change this in the settings and if you have plenty of disc space you can pre-allocate the VMWare partition.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Things I can do 4 Vs things I can't do 0 14 Jan. 2010
VMware Fusion 3 (Mac) I have Fusion 2 to run on my Mac, there were things my PC would do which my Mac wouldn't, as others have said the 'phone support is better (particularly Sony 'phones) and I couldn't run Anquet maps at all, the Mac version of my OCR software was also another £350 - so using my existing disks to put Vista on my mac with Fusion 2 looked like a good deal (also used as a bootcamp version)but to do much I had to go into windows through Boot camp and run the mac as a windows Machine, but some things still worked well in Fusion (access to a widows formatted backup of all my PC data, for instance, so OK, but not special to that! Upgrade to Fusion 3 and Anquet runs perfectly, virtual mapping (Ordinance survey) quick and easy, OCR similarly accesses the scanner and does the job, Sony 'phone software, sees 'phone and updates, backs up etc. happily. I am running on a reasonably high spec Mac (pro with 6 GB memory) but it has been really smooth. I cna even play PC games with a Logitech joystick happily through the virtualisation! Have stopped using Boot camp, and will go over to full virtual PC as I see only advantages!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its got better and I mean its got essential. 11 Aug. 2010
By Mr. G. Bridgeman-clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I am a joint Pc and MAc user. I prefer Macs but to be frank I do have to use some PC software which isn't available on a Mac. For example Goldmine and web design which you think would be the same is rather different. So I have two Macs, a MacBook and a 21 inch Imac and two PC laptops (both reviewed on here. Its cumbersome but regrettably using Macs for work isn't fully possible, yet.

Now I have used Bootcamp and din't like it so a few years back i purchased VMware Fusion Version 2. I thought that would be the answer to my problems in that I could switch between the programmes. The programme was easy enough to instal but it played havoc when I tried to load XP pro or Windows 2000. I found it inconvenient and off loaded the programmes never to see light of day again......until now.

Version 3 is a delight. In goes CD, it loads fast and upload my own XP pro Windows and I am flying. Ok wheres the snag? I can't find one. I had previous problems deleting copies of Xo (not Pro) from version 2 but this programme seems to have resolved those issues.

Now I did say there are no downsides. well not if you have at least 4 Gigs of memory, anything less and it may be a bit slow to react. The biggest woe I have is that I replaced Goldmine with Filemaker to make my own database and if only I had waited i could have run Goldmine from XP. Such is life!!!

Recommended - you bet (as long as you have g gigs and a newish Mac)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good product
If you need to install windows on a mac this works quite well allowing you to switch between the operating systems with ease
Published 18 months ago by Alfryn Bowen
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent program.
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Published on 28 Nov. 2012 by Ms. R. Gordon
4.0 out of 5 stars VMware Fusion 3 (Mac)
Purchased this software so that I could run Windows 7 on my new Mac Book Pro. I had already installed Win 7 using the Bootcamp option that came with the Mac but this was a nuisance... Read more
Published on 11 Oct. 2011 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Will work a wonder
I bought this program so that I would be able to run my Windows 7 computer on a Mac without having to use Boot Camp. Read more
Published on 8 Oct. 2011 by Lewri
5.0 out of 5 stars Great - Tested for Windows and Ubuntu
I had my reservation with regard to buying Fusion. However, having used this product as opposed to Parallels, I completely advocates its usage for everyone who wants seamless usage... Read more
Published on 27 Sept. 2011 by Summers
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I think this program is amazing as I use some programs that would not work with my MAC and didn't like using bootcamp as it appeared to slow my laptop down. Read more
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