Firstly, I hope I am posting this is the correct location, but if not, it can be relocated.
I am looking for advice as I feel that I am at an important junction, and am not 100% sure what direction to take.
At the moment, I am currently running Sketchup Pro 2018 on a brand new iMac 5K and also on a MacBook Pro. The new iMac is within the 30 Day return period, which is useful to me at the moment. Essentially, I am debating whether to return the iMac and then invest in a PC for my use of Sketchup Pro.
I produce designs for Planning Applications and Building Regs approval, for private Clients. I also do work for Commercial Clients, such as Retail Refurbishment, and local Councils.
The reasons for my dilemma are as follows;
1 - While I do love the Mac OS System, I do find the machines very restrictive. The iMac that I purchased was custom built using the available Apple options. However, these options are very limited. For example, there is no choice of GPU, and I have to go with AMD. Also, once purchased, that is it. The only use upgrade is the memory, (which I have done). Apart from that, the machine remains unchanged for ever.
2 - I ‘feel’ as though the support by software companies and the like, for the Apple System, is not great, or not a priority. Maybe understandable as the majority of users are on PCs. From my perspective, for example, I use Thea Render for Sketchup. I don’t do much rendering, but occasionally I need to show a Client a visual. Due to the Apple System, I can not use my 4GB AMD GPU, and there ‘appears’ to be no plan for Altair to change this. Another example, there are other Rendering options out there, such as Enscape, which I really like the look off, but alas no Mac version, and as far as I can tell from all my Googling, there is no intention to produce a Mac Version. Essentially, I ‘feel’ like the Mac version of software is kind of, ‘well, we’ll produce a version if we can’. This, I think is understandable, given that it seems the Mac system is so locked down, and in some respect, alienated from everyone else.
3 - I’m worried about the implications of Apple not supporting Open GL/CL anymore. I have concerns that this will mean the software options will become even more restricted than at present.
I don’t think I am naive, and I do understand that there are problems with Microsoft and Windows, and I do get concerned, given my current frame of mind, when I read some of the problems posted on this forum relating to using Sketchup Pro on a Windows machine, (although it would appear that a lot of the problems stem from incorrect installation). I just think that maybe, replacing my iMac with a Windows machine will open me up to more options;
1 - I’ll be able to upgrade the machine more freely, and therefore, keep the machine longer. I won’t be restricted to a particular GPU. for example. I can also change monitors, etc.
2 - I will be able to access more software/plugins such as Rendering Software.
So, help and advice would be greatly appreciated. I have been looking at the following Spec from Dell, which seems to provide all that is required for Sketchup Pro, and also a little future proofing, by having the flexibility to upgrade.
Your thoughts and feedback on the above, and the attached specification would be greatly appreciated.
At the moment, I’m 75/25 in favour of replacing the iMac, so not 100% sure yet.