Running Composer in a Windows 11 VM on a Mac with an M2 Pro Chip

Researching the community I see no entries more recent than 2018 regarding running Intuiface Composer in a VM on a Mac. Much has changed since then. Composer is at 7.5.1 - 319. We are on Windows 11. Apple has introduced its new M Series Chip. Virtual Machine options have expanded beyond BootCamp.

Based on these changes, has anyone attempted the following (or similar) environment to Run Composer:

  • MacOS Sonoma 14
  • M2 Pro Chip (or M1 or M3)
  • 32MB Unified RAM
  • Parallels VM Environment running Windows 11 (or VMware)

The appeal for us Mac users is that we do not require a dedicated PC to use Composer. The interest for me personally is if the Apple M-series chip (which makes my Creative Cloud applications scream), can be leveraged for Composer.

It would be great to know if anyone has tested this, and if so, what the experience has been, if there were any issues, any notable differences in performance.

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Hi Scott @shpeterson,

I checked with some members of our team and got this info from those who are using a Mac.

Our Product Manager uses the MacBook Pro with an M2 Pro chip below.

In his own words: “Honestly, the performance of Composer is the same than if I were running it natively on a Windows machine, I never noticed any lags due to virtualization. I’m using Parallels and Windows 11, I recommend!”

One of our developers uses this older MacBook Pro with good results as well:

Hope that helps

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Hi Seb,

Thank you for checking with members of your term regarding their experiences with Mac/VM instances of Composer. The feedback is both useful and promising!

I plan to move to a Mac environment with Composer and will contribute my experience to this community thread.

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@shpeterson Scott, I’m running Composer on Bootcamp and I’m in the process of upgrading myself to an M3 configuration. Thanks for sharing your experience once you update your mac.

Certainly Paolo! I got my new MacBook Pro M3 Max this weekend, installed Parallels v19.2.1 with a Windows 11 VM, installed Composer 7.5.1 and tested a bunch of my XPs. I included some particularly intensive XPs with myriad hi-res graphics and videos, collections and scrolling effects, synced HCSM and added Intuiface Assets, like API Explorer, without incident. The one thing that I have not done is test any peripheral devices (like video cams, sensors, etc.). As I do, I will report back any issues that I identify.

I am delighted to report the performance is noticeably smoother and more responsive than my Microsoft Surface Pro 11th Gen i7 64-bit, 16GB RAM, Windows 11. I am confident the days are gone that I have to work from two separate platforms , sets of mice and keyboards, and can run all my native Mac apps in parallel (pun intended), use one magic keyboard and mouse and literally do everything from my MacBook Pro.

For those considering migrating to a Parallels VM on a Mac for Composer, you will need to turn off “Mirror Mac and Windows user folders.” Composer needs its own Intuiface folder inside the Windows environment. Article here:

I attached the specs for my MacBook Pro.

Thanks, community on are your help.

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Thanks a lot Scott @shpeterson for sharing your experience with the community!

Who knows, I could even think about switching to a Mac one day, when they finally decide to release one with a touch screen… :sweat_smile:

You are welcome, Seb.

You raise a great point because interactive touch is so important in our XP authoring. Of course it would be ideal if Apple provided native touchscreen MacBooks, but we may want a long time with such wishful thinking.

Part of my testing will be peripherals with Composer in the Parallels VM, starting with my iPad as a “sidecar” mirrored or extended display to see if the iPad’s touch capabilities will register when running Player inside of Composer inside the VM. See article: Use iPad as a second display - Apple Support

I also plan to test a dedicated touchscreen monitor, from which I run composer in the Parallels VM.

I will keep the community posted on my results, and look forward to hearing from others regarding their testing.

Kind regards,
Scott Peterson

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Thank you for the detailed test!