VMware Fusion 3.0.1 now available

VMWare offers to download of new VMWare  Fusion.
According to the editor, this version is more powerful in some areas,
especially in 3D where the performance gain can reach 80%. Video
playback was also improved.

This version provides full support for Ubuntu 9.10 (both 32-bit or 64-bit). It
can also import virtual machines format Parallels 5. Finally, the
network layer of VMWare Fusion has been rewritten to exploit 64-bit.

Complet detailes as follows 

Some highlights on new features include:

  • Improved 3D & Video Performance:
    Improved WDDM driver and 3D backend improvements speed up 3D
    applications from 20-80% on Mac OS X Snow Leopard. Video playback with
    Windows Media Player on Windows Vista and Windows 7 is greatly improved
    as well. See the updated Windows Experience score for my MacBook Pro

Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala): Full support for Ubuntu
9.10 32-bit & 64-bit editions. Just like other Linux virtual
machines, we support copy and paste, drag and drop and even Unity!

Even More 64-bit Support: Networking subsystem is now 64-bit native to match 64-bit core engine released initially with VMware Fusion 3 (vmware-vmx). 

  • Easier Move to VMware Fusion: Import standalone VHD virtual disks and Parallels Desktop 5 virtual machines into VMware virtual machines.
  • Improved Resume Times: For those users who suspend their virtual machines, we reduced the time required to resume your virtual machines.

In addition to the new and improved features, VMware Fusion 3.0.1 fixes over 50 bugs. Some highlights include:

  • Performance Update:
    Some users encountered slow downs with VMware Fusion 3.0. Thanks to
    your help, we were able to track down the performance issues to three
    key areas that we have addressed in 3.0.1 or where we have a
    recommended workaround:

    • Older versions of VMware Tools
      caused a slowdown and VMware Tools included with VMware Fusion 2.0.5
      could not be easily upgraded. The tools upgrade issue has been resolved
      with VMware Fusion 3.0.1 to make it easier to upgrade to VMware Fusion
      3.0.1 tools, which resolves the problem.
    • Leaving the
      Virtual Machine Library open in the background on some machines caused
      excessive Spotlight searches looking for virtual machines. This has
      been addressed in VMware Fusion 3.0.1. If you encountered this issue,
      install VMware Fusion 3.0.1, launch it and then quit it. The next time
      you launch VMware Fusion 3.0.1, the problem is fixed.
    • AVG
      Free 9 takes lots of CPU and makes the virtual machine sluggish. This
      is a AVG Free 9 problem that has been reported to them for
      investigation. We recommend new customers use the included 12-month
      subscription of McAfee VirusScan Plus or look at other free antivirus solutions such as Microsoft Security Essentials or Panda Cloud Antivirus that do not exhibit this problem.
  • Shared/Mirrored Folders Improvements: Incompatibilities with Zone Alarms AV & Outlook 2007 Preview mode resolved.




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