If you are one of the lucky few who has a Macbook Pro Retina in their possession AND you happen to be a Lotus Domino developer, then this article is for you! This will perhaps not appeal to the broadest of audiences, but to the selected few – I hope it will be of value.
There are a surprising number of Domino Developers who choose to run on Mac, myself included. If this is just because we have good taste, or because of something else I leave to you, my beloved readers, to judge. For a Domino Developer there really isn’t much of a benefit, as we still need to run Wintendos since Domino Designer isn’t available on OS X just yet. (From what I hear it won’t be anytime soon either). There are a number of options that are available to you when your forced in to the Windows environment using a Mac: Boot Camp, Parallels Desktop or Vmware Fusion being the most popular.
Personally, I prefer Parallels Desktop 8. I did run with Vmware Fusion 4 for a while, but decided to give Parallels a shot and haven’t looked back! In all fairness: I haven’t tried Vmvare Fusion 5, but to be honest I haven’t found a reason to switch from Parallels. It performs better in general and just feels more complete (comparing previous releases), especially with the new 8 release.
(You can find a comparison here: Comparison of VMware Fusion and Parallels Desktop)[EDIT: Here’s a current benchmark comparison between Parallels Desktop 8 and VMware Fusion 5: Benchmarking Parallels vs VMware]
Parallels claimed Retina support even with R7 and that was just a bunch of crock, in plain english. But with R8 they have delivered!
Now, finally, we’re getting to the really juicy bits!
Here’s what we’re aiming for: (Click images for the full Retina experience!)
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