Parallels officially opens doors in Australia and New Zealand

Macworld Australia Staff
26 August, 2010
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Press Release

Global Provider of Virtualisation and Automation Software Expands into ANZ Market

Sydney, Aust., – 26 August, 2010 – Parallels, the worldwide leader in virtualisation and automation software, today announced its official arrival in the Australian and New Zealand market launching its go-to-market strategy for its award-winning virtualisation and automation software for business, consumer and cloud/service provider audiences.

With the announcement of its new office comes the appointment of two industry veterans, Neil Morarji as General Manager and Alexei Anisimov as Sales Engineer. Neil will be responsible for driving Parallels’ strong relationship with its cloud services provider partners and two ANZ distributors, Conexus and Software Only, while Alexei will concentrate on providing strategic sales and technical support for customers and partners in ANZ.

Parallels has had a growing presence in Australia and New Zealand through its service provider partners, distributors and retail partners since 2006 and has gained a formidable reputation among businesses, consumers and service providers looking for virtualisation and automation solutions that are among the fastest growing in the market.

“We have seen the rapid local adoption of Parallels products over the last four years through our on-the-ground distributors, retail and service provider partners.  The decision to open offices in ANZ was a direct result of this success and the identification of potential business in the consumer, business and service provider markets. We have been working closely with our partners to best capitalise on the growing opportunity in ANZ,” said John Eng, Asia-Pacific VP of Marketing and Alliances for Parallels.

“The large majority of businesses in Australia and New Zealand are small-to-medium enterprises in need of high-quality IT services, but lacking the budgets to manage them in-house. Parallels enables SMEs to take advantage of the best technology when they need it and without complexity, so that they can stay focused on business,” said Eng.

The company’s desktop virtualisation product for consumers, Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac, enables users to seamlessly run multiple operating systems and applications on their Mac desktops, with enhanced speed and performance.

“With the popularity of Mac computers among consumers and more recently business and SOHO users comes the need for flexibility and compatibility. Increasingly we are seeing the need for users to have the ability to run a Windows OS on their Mac OS for various reasons relating to personal and business use. Parallels consumer products offer the best of all worlds allowing people to use their Windows OS on their Mac OS at the same time without rebooting,” said Eng.

Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac is priced at AU$119 and NZ$149.95. It is available through key retailers including the Apple Store, Harvey Norman, David Jones, Dick Smith Electronics, Myer and Nextbyte. It is also available through major Apple Premium Resellers including MacOne, StreetWise, MacCentric and ComputersNow and online through Harris Technologies and Streetwise Software.

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  1. Introducing layout themes and styles in FileMaker Pro 13

    FileMaker Pro, help, inspector, macworld australiaIf you are reading this, you are most likely aware of the benefits offered by FileMaker Pro 13, from streamlining your business’ data to organising projects, but how do you make your FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Go database solutions look the part?

    This is where layout themes and styles come in.

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    In order to increase usability for your database, a well-designed layout will make the solution both appealing to look at, but also more efficient – as those entering or viewing data will be able to easily navigate the fields in front of them.

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    In FileMaker Pro, a style is the way a layout object, layout part and the database’s background appear. This encompasses the colour or transparency of objects and backgrounds, the style of line used within the layout, the borders of objects and parts, the shape of objects, the shadows outside or inside an object’s border, and the display state of an object.

    For example, when your draw a square on your layout, the initial appearance of the square will be determined by the theme currently being used by the layout. The colour of the square, the lines that define it and any shadow that appears are all differing styles that add up to make a theme.

    The initial theme is called the default and ensures that all objects added to the layout carry a similar look. So, if you add a second square to the layout, it will have the same colour and borders. Though this does not have to be the case if you would like to differentiate them.

    And a theme?

    A theme is the collection of a number of styles used in a layout. Themes are the full picture of how your layout or report appears, and encompass all of the individual styles applied to objects, parts and the background. The theme does not affect the way a layout functions, but when you apply a theme to a layout it will alter the way it looks and feels.

    Making alterations

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    Alter the style of the object, layout part or background by editing the property settings on the Appearance tab of the Inspector. Once you have made your layout look the way you would like, select the red arrow that will have appeared as you were making your changes and click ‘Save As New Style’.

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