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Paradigm Shifter

by | Laleona | Parallels Access | May 01, 2014

This application is as useful as it is well-designed. It allows me to access programs on my Mac laptop on the iPad that I never thought would be possible. I can think of a number of scenarios where Parallels Access will be both a productivity enhancer and an elegant solution to remote access, even one as previously unimaginable as editing a file in Photoshop from the iPad.  The controls on the right side of the interface are well thought out, as is the Launchpad where you can open specific applications. There has been a lot of talk of bringing MS Office to the iPad; with Parallels for me today that is already possible, as Word and Excel are 2 of the programs I have access to via Parallels Access. I wish to congratulate the product managers, developers and designers who worked on this project, and I look forward to future iterations as well.

Simplicity Vs. Functionality: Do Bells & Whistles Degrade UI and Harm UX?

Image courtesy of CNET

Image courtesy of CNET

If you’re reading this on a laptop or a desktop, pause for a moment and take note of how many tabs you have open on your Internet browser right now. If you’re on a smartphone or tablet, how many apps do you currently have open?

There’s no shortage of studies on how multitasking doesn’t necessarily translate to productivity, but marketers have largely struggled to toe the line between providing new features and ensuring that the UX remains functional and intuitive for users.

A recent FastCompany article from Harry McCracken makes a strong argument that there is one device that is “unique as a minimum-distraction platform” for tasks like writing. That device is the iPad. Over the past three years, McCracken estimates that “about 85% of everything I’ve produced for a publication” has been on a tablet with a simple keyboard attachment. The iPad is widely recognized as a vital productivity tool, but is its simplicity the key driver of that? Conventional wisdom typically dictates that a device’s ability to do more things at once = its biggest strength. So, when did we begin conflating functionality with bells and whistles?

Parallels Access allows users to have all the functionality of their PC or Mac desktop, but only as needed.  Following Harry McCracken’s argument on minimal distraction, Parallels Access makes your computer programs look, feel and work like native apps on iPads or Android Tablets. The unique “applification” technology makes computer’s programs so they look, feel, and work like native phone or tablet apps. Rather than squeezing the image of your computer’s screen onto your tablet or phone – shrinking down your icons down to the point where you can’t see them – your computer’s programs will neatly fill the device’s screen, edge to edge, and you can use your fingers to click and right-click. If you need to make changes to a document, a keyboard will appear automatically whenever you tap where you can type. It looks just like the regular iOS or Android keyboard, except that it has a row of keys that operate the Mac or PC, like Option and Command (Mac), Alt and Ctrl (PC). You can also select text and copy it using the same techniques you would in iOS or Android.

Perhaps Harry McCracken perspective on a “minimum-distraction platform” is right, so why not try it for yourself and  have access to all of your favorite PC and Mac applications too.