[2:00 PM] Connectix Adds Velocity Engine (AltiVec) Support In Virtual PC Update
The good people at Connectix have released an update to Virtual PC that brings the Windows emulation environment to version 3.0.3. Virtual PC tricks Windows into thinking that it is being installed on an actual PC with a Pentium processor and other PC components. This means that you install a real copy of Windows directly onto your Mac. The new version includes several bug fixes, but more importantly it optimizes Velocity Engine (also known as AltiVec) support to make the emulation work faster on PowerMac G4s. According to Connectix:
WHAT'S NEW IN v. 3.0.3
Virtual PC is now compatible with Stock Investor Pro.
Updated components include:
Virtual PC application to version 3.0.3
Virtual PC Hard Drive Expander to version 3.0.1.
Virtual PC Setup Assistant to version 3.0.1
Changes from Version 3.0
Changes for compatibility with Microsoft Windows 2000 and RedHat Linux 6.1.
Fixed an issue with Apple iMac DV systems.
Added Velocity Engine (AltiVec) optimizations for even greater speed on Power Mac G4s.
Changes to allow a small number of task-specific USB devices to work.
Updated folder sharing code and drag-and-drop for even greater stability.
Updated Configuration Manager code for greater ease of use.
Addressed various Windows application-specific bugs.
*Virtual PC version 3.0.3 requires at least 130K more memory than version 3.0. If you receive memory-related error messages with VPC 3.0.3 after updating, please allocate 130K (or more) to the VPC's minimum size, as found through the Finder's "Get Info" feature. Consult your manual for details.
You can find more information on Virtual PC at the Connectix Web site. The update is free to registered users of version 3.x. The full version is priced starting at s for a copy that includes Windows 95 and goes up from there.