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When using VMWare in Unity mode, Dock icons and icons shown when using Command-Tab, show up highly pixelated. This can easily rectified with a quick and dirty replacement of the icon.

First locate quality replacement images with transparent backgrounds. For instance, use Google images, and run a search on, for example, Internet Explorer icon. I look for icons that are about 300x300 pixels in size or larger. I drag the image to the Desktop and open it with Preview, using a background colour other than the white used on Google Images, so I can quickly determine if the images have a transparent background.

Once opened in Preview and deemed acceptable, go to Edit » Copy to copy the image to the clipboard. Locate the relevant .vmwarevm virtual machine file -- typically you'll find them in a Virtual Machines folder in your user's Documents folder. Control-click on the folder and choose Show Package Contents from the pop-up menu. Then go to the Applications folder within the newly-opened window to access your virtualized apps.

Choose Get Info on each app you wish to change. Click once on the icon in the upper left corner of the Get Info window (you will see a small shadow around it indicating it is highlighted). Now do Command-V to paste the image saved to the clipboard.

Repeat these steps for each program you'd like to change. If you wish to resort back to the original icon at some point, just go into Get Info again, highlight the icon, and press Delete.
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View high quality app icons in Fusion's Unity mode
Authored by: tipstermac on Jun 17, '08 05:38:19AM

Or you can download the beta 2.0 version, the dock icons are hi-rez.



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My dock icons are 32px...
Authored by: a1291762 on Jun 17, '08 07:00:17AM

I would expect most Windows icons are 48px. That's the default size of icons in Mac OS X. Why should you throw away hundreds of pixels on an app launcher? Just make your dock the size of your icons and the problem goes away.

I care about physical size, not pixel counts so my icons are all set at 32px. I'd up the pixel count if the monitor had a higher DPI but it still wouldn't really matter (as long as the low-pixel icons were smooth-scaled up to the new size).

My MSN avatar was very small and I smooth-scaled it up to the required 96px and it looks fine. Giving MSN a non-scaled image resulted in horrendous blockiness.



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My dock icons are 32px...
Authored by: frgough on Jun 17, '08 07:26:59AM

Some people just have no poetry in their lives....

I'll bet when you look at a cloud you see x tons of water vapor. Spend some time with a child and learn to see dragons and unicorns again.



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My dock icons are 32px...
Authored by: mm2270 on Jun 20, '08 09:38:15AM

Except that you apparently didn't read through the hint. The hint submitter did not say his icons showed up pixelated in his dock, but rather in the App Switcher, which would not help if you keep your dock at 32 px or any other size.
But hey, don't let that stop your minimalistic grey world view of life.



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View high quality app icons in Fusion's Unity mode
Authored by: racyrick on Jun 17, '08 07:56:29AM

I can't say enough about fusion. I use it constantly. It runs so fast that I can play games whilst in a mac os x window.

The only thing I want (which is coming) is to have mac os x in a window while running windows.



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View high quality app icons in Fusion's Unity mode
Authored by: solipsism on Jun 17, '08 08:11:51AM

The latest news is that you can virtualize OS X Server on an OS X client machine. Parallels is currently stating a $999 price and that it will only virtualize OS X Server on OS X Server. But with such a disparity in the two services I'm sure one is going to alter it's requirements.



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