“EDIT: Ok, I re-read your previous posts and your speed issue stems from AMD gpu rendering not being supported in blender. Yeah, at the moment, the new mac pro won’t help there. HOWEVER, openCL rendering in Blender is moving forward little by little, especially on OSX. If it ever gets to a fully supported, stable state, it’s likely the new mac pro will SCREAM! Until that happens, however, it’s cpu rendering only, unfortunately.”
I agree with you almost entirely. However “the future isn’t happening fast enough” in regards to OpenCL support, and APPLE is metaphorically tightening the thumbscrews so that it’s becoming MUCH harder to escape from their “Walled Garden” approach to computing. Their Bat, their Ball, and their Backyard, and their Rules. “
Add that into the very poor (so far?) price-performance ratio, and (now) total lack of any backward compatibility, and totally limited “3rd party support” (Adobe, NVIDIA, Autodesk) and I would think you’d also agree “There are a few large elephants in this room\garden! “
IF, and granted its a big IF… Adobe were to withdraw support for the Apple platform (and they’ve been in a “pissing contest” for the past decade!)) that would pretty much kill the Mac platform for a majority of graphic artists. Although some video editors wouldn’t mind that at all I suppose.
I’m visually handicapped, so the ongoing trend toward “smaller” GUI’s is killing my ability to use the Mac—I do not dare to upgrade past “Snow Leopard” OSX 10.6.8, as all newer versions of OSX do not run,—or run horribly slowly on my Mac.
When (not “if”) my Mac hardware fails I will have to make a standing jump to whatever they’re offering by then----IF I can see where the: “push button to upgrade system and disavow ALL of your expensive 3rd party apps.” button is! It used to be that “Form follows Function”… but APPLE has recoined that, it seems, to “Form follow our version of Stylish” Big Brother has Spoken!….
So, I’m trying to assemble a situation where I can afford to step sideways onto (I suppose) a dual-boot system, Win.7 plus the best form of Linux-for-Blender, and let the chips fall where they may. I only hope Linux has a wide variety of similarly-functioned apps that I’ve been using to help with finding/seeing the user-interface! I haven’t found anybody in Vancouver using Linux, willing to show it to me!
I can only hope that-sooner rather than later-Blender optimizes their use(?) of OpenCL for AMD (Apple) graphics cards. I must go check my lotto ticket now, to see if I can “afford” a BOXX workstation! :yes: