Parallels Transporter an app that makes it easier to switch from a Windows PC to a Mac

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By: switchtoamac at: 12:05 PM on May 22, 2011 | Comments (0)

Parallels Transporter, an app available on on the Mac App Store from Parallels, Inc, enables the switch from PC to Mac that much easier.
parallels-transporter.pngAccording to Parallels, "The Parallels Transporter app is designed for Mac users who may not need to run Windows on their Mac at all; it is a simple way to bring everything you need from your PC together on your Mac without wasting your valuable time or incurring the expense of hiring a technology service to do the work:"

The key to this software is the Parallels Transporter Agent that can collect data from a Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, and Windows 2000 computer.  It then uses a wireless network or an external storage device to transfer the collected data to Parallels Transporter on your Mac.  Parallels Transporter residing on a Mac receives the data from Parallels Transporter Agent and copies it to the appropriate location(s) on your Mac.

Thus, you're able to move over files from a Windows home directory to the analogous folders on your Mac thereby enabling access locally on your Mac.  The process is automated.

Parallels states, "In addition to moving pictures, music and documents from a PC to corresponding Mac folders, Parallels Transporter also moves Windows programs and other files into a virtual machine on your Mac in case they are needed."

So in summary, Parallels Transporter enables you to:
  • Access your documents created in Windows right on your Mac.
  • Find all your files from your PC in the proper folders on your Mac.
  • Use all of your Windows browser bookmarks in Safari (or any other Mac browser) on your Mac.
Pricing and availability
Parallels Transporter is available from the Mac App Store for a limited time price of $0.99, a significant savings versus the the standard $39.99 retail price.

Commentary
I don't see why Apple hasn't built such an offering from within the Mac OS X operating system.  I called for such a feature as far back as July 2006 in my post, Desired Feature in Leopard: Windows Migration Assistant.

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