I personally in Octane Blender have only couple addons enabled ( node wrangler for example ). All work is done in “regular” Blender so I just open Octane Blender , load scene and continue work. I do not understand this “reason”.
Separate Blender distribution is not big hassle. Bunch of people already use different software, Zbrush, Moi 3D / Fusion 360, Substance Painter-Designer, 3D Coat, etc. Switching between Blender distribution is like restart Blender. Much more easy than switch between different software, right? Nothing more, nothing less. How many times you have Blender crash or restart Blender because… reasons?
True Cycles is better integrated, also there is much more resources for Cycles, from tutorials to materials or complete projects. Lack of material preview is PITA, especially when you only need to adjust scale of texture. Anyway everyone must at least try. Truth is real master can achieve same result in any software, like one dude say: I can make it and render in toaster Sound funny, arrogant… but he probably can do it, judging by his work.
Again, instruction for Octane Blender installation.
great channel, check his other videos.
Also do not hesitate to watch Octane tutorials for other software, like
there are difference, but principle are same.