Today Parallels launched their new stand-alone Toolbox app for the Mac, allowing Mac users to access a range of tools right from their Menu Bar, as well as from the Dock and from the Desktop if you choose to drag the suite of tools over to one of those locations.
From the get-go, the app is contained within you menu bar, featuring a number of tools that you can access to quickly perform various actions on your Mac without having to download third-party apps or figure of shortcuts.
In total there are 25 tools that can be accessed right now, including everything from screenshotting to recording your screen.
All of these tools are displayed in a clean and sleek interface, from which you simply need to click on the icon for the tool that you require and the app will do the rest.
In particular, I really found the record video and convert video tools a neat implementation, although this can be down with third-party tools or with some of the software built into macOS, however, Parallels Tools provides much quicker access to these tools, and require no further downloading.
With the Record Screen option, you can quickly create a video recording of your entire screen, a particular window, or a selected area of the screen. You can then quickly convert this video with the Convert Video tool to downscale your videos to 1080p or 720p so that you can use them on an iOS device, however, it does not allow you to change the format of the recording.
You can also do a range of other tasks with the app, including downloading videos from YouTube or from another video site, and then use it on your PC, as well as quickly manage things like Do Not Disturb and your Mac’s sleeping schedule right from the menu bar.
I have been trying out the app for myself for a day now and I would have to say that it is definitely useful, sometimes finding the right way to do something on a computer can be annoying, especially if you aren’t that acquainted with that computer, Parallels Tools mitigates that by providing you with easy access to a range of tools that a lot of people often use.
However, it’s definitely not for everyone.
If you already have separate applications for this purpose then you might be better served by those applications in some purposes, however, if you know someone who wants quick access to these functions, without having to worry about using them then we would definitely recommend the app to them.
And at just £7.99 in the UK and $9.99 in the US, it definitely isn’t going to break the bank.