Win A Copy Of Parallels 7 With Lifehacker

Our week of giveaways continues. On offer today? We've got five copies of Parallels 7, our favourite virtualisation app for Mac users and the easiest way to run Windows apps in a Mac environment.

To enter, just tell us which Windows app you can't live without on your Mac and why. The five best entries (as determined by our judges) will each win a copy of Parallels 7. Entries close Wednesday December 14 at 1:15pm, so get going! Full terms and conditions here.


    Metrotwit. Looks better than any other osx twitter client :)

    TortoiseSVN is the app I can't live without. There still isn't a Mac alternative that offers the same level of functionality when merging complex branches together. By far the app I can't live without!

    Autodesk 3DS Max, must have for me on my Mac because I need it for school work! Currently running in bootcamp, but the convenience of running it under Mac would be amazing! games. It's the holiday sale season and so many bargains coupled with a lot of relative time = time to get my retro on. Plus Ultima 7 jsut got released and i am keen to compare to Skyrim.

    Sadly Internet Explorer - a lot of enterprise apps are still bound to activeX.

    As a hobby dev it's just awesome to be able to test cross plattform applications on just one machine. So it's actually not a single software, more like a workflow practise ... hope that counts as well :D

    Foxtel Download ( This is a legit way to download and watch movies and TV series. I am a Foxtel customer and the only way I can watch these are by installing Windows on my Mac via bootcamp. I would love not having to switch my OS just to watch my media content.

    Zune. All my music is correctly tagged in Zune, I have a Zune pass, a Zune HD and a Windows Phone 7. It is also the most beautiful application Microsoft have ever designed. It is a must have (and actually fits perfectly, design wise, alongside my Mac....)

    Civilization 2. The only reason I held out on Windows 7 and 64bit for far too long. The sequels just don't cut the mustard.

    I cant live without Microsoft Security Essentials as it makes the world a better place =)

    It would have to be all the Server Admin tools ie. Exchange 2010 Management tools and Active Directory. Mac desktops, Windows servers...yeah...

    Well absolutely the most important piece of windows software that hurts because you cannot run it on the mac is Windows Live Writer.

    I have tried as many of the OSX blog programs as I could and none of them come close to the fit and polish of Windows Live Writer.

    WLW is tightly integrated into windows so it won't be a simple port to the mac. Bloggers will find their productivity increase once they get grips on this freebie but invaluable piece of software - almost worth the price of windows itself.

    It's a tough toss up between Chrome and iTunes. More leaning towards iTunes, simply because there are very few other alternatives to play media with on a mac. Being so streamlined and apart of the operating system and also a key importance for my iphone, without iTunes, i would not be able to play music, sync my phone, backup my phone, purchase songs at such ease with such comfort.

    excel because im a vba nerd at work, but dont have pc at home

    If I have a Mac, I wouldn't be able to live without Windows 7

    This should convince the wife to switch to Mac! so its an SOS from urs truly.

    As sad as it sounds - eTax. The ATO still haven't got a HTML5/MacOS version of it yet so i keep on having to borrow PC's or take my tax stuff to work.

      eTax for me too - the one time of the year you need windows!

    Enterprise Architect by Sparx Systems - arguably one of the best applications for designing complex computer systems - and developed right here in Australia!

    The complete Office 2010 suite. As good as Office 2011 and other Mac-based alternatives are, there is no true substitute for having full-blown Project and Visio installations.

    the ATO tax application... if only the ATO decided that the individuals wishing to use Macs to do their tax running are worthwhile (to also pay their taxes).

    Origin Pro 8.5 - unfortunately need it for my PhD analysis. Thanks to dropbox, at least I can share the excel datasheets but it doesn't stop the back and forth for analysis and writing.

    The people using Macs are bum students, so they dont have a Mac version so they dont have to give them massive refunds?

      What? You wrote that sentence to win a bet, didn't you.

    microsoft project so I can stop freaking having to use bootcamp... shutting down and rebooting windows sucks...

    I can't live without playing the LEGO title games on Windows. Yes, I actually am a child trapped in a mans body.

    I can't live without BasicFunder ,our donor and donation management program this is the lifeblood of our charity customer relations and donation management, I've switched everything to Mac...... I've had to maintain a windows laptop just to keep using this vital to switch it over to the one machine...

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