4 Reasons I Can't Live Without Parallels Access

There's no question that Parallels Access and Parallels Desktop have changed my life as a student. From the ability to walk around with my iPad instead of lugging around my laptop, to being able to do my not-so-Mac-friendly homework on Parallels Desktop, my life has certainly changed for the better. In particular, Parallels Access has been especially usefulafter all, the world is getting more mobile every day. Here are my four reasons why I can't live without it:

1. I can work anywhere.

Okay, this one is obvious, but it’s also true. Parallels Access has allowed me to work in class, in the lounge, in Starbucks...anywhere.

2. When I forget an assignment on my desktop, I can still get to it. 

It happens to the best of us. We save the document on our desktop and forget to move it over to Dropbox or OneDrive. 

Gif courtesy of Reaction Gifs.

Gif courtesy of Reaction Gifs.

As I highlighted back in this post, Parallels Access is the hero of the day.

3. I can get creative without my laptop. 

When I realized how well Parallels Access works with Photoshop, I was ecstatic! 

Need to do some editing on the go? #ParallelsAccess can help! #Photoshop #editing

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4. Working away from a desk just doesn’t get any better. 

I know a laptop is—well, lap-friendly—but we all know they get pretty hot after awhile. That's one of the best parts about a tablet—your iPad doesn’t make your lap feel like a sauna. Plus, you can always prop your iPad on one of your pets...

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11 Time-Saving Must-Haves for New Moms

Bringing home a new member of the family is a magical time. The "new baby" smell fills your home; Facebook becomes your new best friend for sharing constant photos and updates; and you can get lost spending hours gazing at your little bundle of joy. 

But over time, the air begins to smell less like new baby and more like "Number 2"; hours get spent staring at the ceiling wishing for an extra bit of time to sleep; and if you have a chance to check your Facebook, it's a miracle!

Don't stresswe've all been there. In fact, we've compiled a list approved by our own go-go-gadget moms here at Parallels of some time-saving essentials that will make your new mommy days easy-breezy. 

1. Baby Brezza

This little invention is from the baby gods. The Baby Brezza measures, mixes, warms, and dispenses a perfect bottle of formula for your baby at your convenience. No more powdery messes, temperature tests, or waiting around to get the bottle just right for your baby. It's a revolution for feeding time. Added bonus: it also works when baby is ready for their first bites of solid food. 

A Parallels Mommy says: "It saves a ton of time. I don't have to worry about mixing formula by hand and I get warm, ready-made bottles instantly."

2. Parallels Access

Forgetting the diaper bag at home is like forgetting your work presentationit's a nightmare you don't want to ever happen. Parallels Access allows you to bring your computer with you, but without the weight. You can access your desktop from anywhere, anytime using your phone or tabletletting you focus on grabbing those extra diapers. Genius!

A Parallels Mommy says: "It's basically a virtual desktop on my tablet or phone. I can access applications, files, and computers when I'm on the go!"

3. Amazon Fresh

When baby just won't stop fussing or you're just not ready to expose them to the big bad world quite yet, Amazon Fresh has you covered. With early morning and same-day deliveries, you can order groceries, baby essentials, or other Amazon products all-in-one. An extra pacifier for baby and a nice bottle of wine for you, it's win-win!

A Parallels Mommy says: "Groceries (and everything/anything else baby needs) delivered right to my doorstep!"

4. Zippyz by Little Trendyz

These little guys are transforming the baby-changing game. No more mismatching and rematching snaps and buttons or fiddling with zippers that leave your baby in discomfort. Enter Zippyz: these onesies have a foot-to-belly zipper and snaps on the chest that allow for an easy-breezy changing experience for you and baby. Added bonus: They come in tons of different cute styles. 

A Parallels Mommy says: "The best onesies. The top half buttons and the bottom half zips, so no more messing with buttons. It's made nightly changes a breeze."

5. The Diaper Clutch

Just because you're a new mommy, doesn't mean you have to sacrifice fashion for convenience! With these clutches, you get the best of both worlds. Diaper bags can be so bulky, especially when you just want to get around town for a bit. These clutches are an efficient way to bring along diapers and wipes without having to be weighed down by a diaper bag. They come in so many different choices, your hardest decision will be to choose just one!

A Parallels Mommy says: "This makes diaper-changing when out and about super easy. Grab this one-and-done clutch so you don't have to balance your diaper bag while also maneuvering a wiggly toddler."

6. mamaRoo Electric Rocker

Although we might want to hold onto our little ones forever, sometimes we just have to let go. But with the mamaRoo Electric Rocker, your baby can still feel the comfort of your arms with several different rocking options to choose from, a reclining seat, and an MP3 plug-in for their favorite sounds. Baby gets comfort, and you get a chance to rest your arms. Added bonus: you can control the rocker right from your smartphone.

A Parallels mommy says: "When I need to be hands-free, my little guy can still be comforted with natural rocking motions. It's great!"

7. Today's Parent Milestones App

This app is a true gem when it comes to documenting important milestones. You can keep track of your pregnancy and your child's development post-birth with tools such as Brush Buddy, a diaper diary, and a nap tracker. The app includes expert advice that you can easily get your hands on, and best of all, it's all free. 

A Parallels Mommy says: "It's the best free app that allows you to track all kinds of development. It's essential!"

8. White Noise Baby App by TMSOFT

This next app is great for moms who are always on-the-go. For only $1, this app transforms your phone into a sound machine with plenty of different lulling sounds, like white noise or classical music, that will continuously loop to keep your baby happy. When it's nap time and you're not quite home yet, turn on Baby Mode and your phone will play uninterrupted during nap time. Added bonus: it's a favorite of Katie Couric's.

A Parallels Mommy says: "It has tons of soothing sounds to choose from and it's perfect when Baby needs to be distracted with rattle mode or put down for a nap."

9. Binky Fresh Sterilizer

A new mom's worst nightmare: a binky falling in slow motion to a terrible death full of dirt and bacteria. And, of course, there's no extra binky in sight. Did you cringe? Never fearwith Binky Fresh, this nightmare won't become a reality. The Binky Fresh UV Sterilizer uses UV rays to sterilize the dirtiest of pacifiers. It's a mom's sweetest dream!

A Parallels Mommy says: "It's the perfect solution to drops and 'oopsies' when there's no other conventional sterilizing around."

10. Braava

When taking care of a newborn or chasing a toddler around, cleaning the house can quickly become your last priority. Good news: it's time to leave cleaning to the 'bots. Coming from the same iRobot family as Roomba, Braava is a floor-mopping robot that cleans your floors efficiently in one quick sweep. 

A Parallels Mommy says: "A robot that cleans the floor. Do I have to say anything more? I love this thing!"

11. Sony NEX Camera

With a new baby comes the endless need to document their every move in photos. The Sony NEX Camera is perfect for any skill level of photographer, whether it be just starting out with the basics or interchanging the lenses when you become an expert. It has the quality and function of a DSLR camera, but is smaller and more convenient so you can take it anywhere. 

A Parallels Mommy says: "Has smile recognition to catch cheeses when my trigger finger isn't fast enough, and it uses Wi-Fi to upload instantly to Facebook!"

With these gadgets and gizmos in hand, you are on your way to being a bonafide supermom! Before you know it, the neighbors will be begging to know how you do it all. Don't worrywe won't tell. 

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Your Secret is Safe With Us...

Concerned about privacy when you're working on the go? Work from wherever you need to without the worry that your roommate or coworkers will see your screen. 

When you're working remotely using Parallels Access, you can “blackout” your screen, ensuring that nobody can see anything sensitive or confidential unless you want them to. Sorry Peeping Toms! 

Another awesome feature is when you’re computer is asleep, you can wake it up remotely with Parallels Access. I can’t tell you how many times this has saved me in class—now I don't need to remember to wake up my computer before I go. 

What's your favorite feature in Parallels Access? Share yours with us in a comment, or reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter.

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Forget Something at Home or the Office? Parallels Access Can Help: Part 3

Tell me if any of these situations sound familiar:

  • Scenario 1: You finished up a presentation at home last night, but you didn’t bring a copy to the office.
  • Scenario 2: In your rush to get to the airport, you forgot about a colleague’s request to put an important file into the team’s shared folder on Dropbox.
  • Scenario 3: You’re pretty sure the image your colleague needs is on your computer at home, but you have no idea where it’s located on that computer. And, of course, she needs it right now.

These have certainly all happened to me—and with increasing frequency as I get older and older.

To help cure these common ills, I’ll show you how the new Universal File Manager in Parallels Access 2.5 can assist you in each scenario. The File Manager is available in the iOS client for Parallels Access, so I’ll be using my iPad to demonstrate these tasks. 

In today’s final post, we’ll be covering Scenario 3. If you’re new to this series, check out our blog posts covering Scenario 1 and Scenario 2.


Scenario 3: You need to search for a file on your home computer while you’re at work.

Parallels Access enables you to find a file on your home computer while you’re at the office or in transit.

First connect to your home computer with Parallels Access, then click on the folder icon to use the Universal File Manager (Fig. 1).

Figure 1: File Manager connected to remote Mac.

Figure 1: File Manager connected to remote Mac.

Since you aren’t sure where the file is located, use the Search feature in Parallels Access to find it. Tap on the magnifying-glass icon at the top of the left pane in the File Manager (seen in Fig. 1). This opens up the Search feature (Fig. 2).

Figure 2: Start the search.

Figure 2: Start the search.

Enter the search string, then choose between “Everywhere,” the entire remote computer, and the current folder. In Fig. 3, I’ve chosen the current folder and found the file.

Figure 3: Search results.

Figure 3: Search results.

Tap on the search result, and the File Manager will jump automatically to the location of the file and select it (Fig. 4).

Figure 4: Tap on search result.

Figure 4: Tap on search result.

Copy the file (Fig. 5), navigate to an appropriate Dropbox folder (Fig. 6), and paste the file (Fig. 7).

Figure 5: Copy the file.

Figure 5: Copy the file.

Figure 6: Paste, step 1.

Figure 6: Paste, step 1.

Figure 7: Paste, step 2.

Figure 7: Paste, step 2.

Dropbox will sync automatically with all the computers linked to this folder, and your colleague will get the image file she needs (Fig. 8).

Figure 8: File placed in Dropbox shared folder.

Figure 8: File placed in Dropbox shared folder.

Well, that was how to use the new Universal File Manager in Parallels Access 2.5 for Scenario 3finding a file remotely. Thanks for reading! Remember, if you like posts like these, let us know in a comment, or feel free to reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter!

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How Do You Use Parallels Access for Productivity?

One of our biggest thrills comes from seeing how our customers use our products. For instance, on Instagram, we've seen some of our customers use Parallels Access in a variety of interesting ways:

For 3D printing: 

For working on the go:

Editing on the go! #ParallelsAccess

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As a student:

And who said I need to carry my Mac with me? #ParallelsAccess #iPadmini

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To use Lightroom:

Whatever way you use Parallels Access for productivity, it's always amazing to us!

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