RobertNichols wrote:The vicious circle - and the eternal question - whether to upgrade when you do not have a lot of work (and money) and use the less load times for training and transfer, or to wait for a big job and cash flowing in, but with less time and more frustration?
But we've landed a pretty big project, and am now wondering if I should step up to 8.1.
I've been at this game (CAD, software purchases, architecture) awhile, and have definitely reached the point where I need to be convinced that genuine productivity gains, as opposed to new "features" offering different ways to waste time, are to be had to warrant any investment.
I am intrigued by the advertised improvements and rethinking in the new Plotmaker, though I'm not exactly clear on what they are. Getting new employees up to speed on the Plotmaker component of our workflow is definitely one of my more depressing tasks (ratio of words-to-content-related-to-architecture is appalling).Appropriate info is available at the Graphisoft Web site, with movies explaining what is new and showing how it works. You now have two things to consider:
Matthew wrote:The best advise for anyone looking for a Mac laptop is to wait until April 04. I would suspect Apples latest Powerbook Buy-back program (or more appropriately termed marketing scam), which ends March 27, is the finale of the G4 PB.
It sounds like you are in sole practice and I understand not recommending less than 1GHz as a sole machine. Durval has a 1GHz machine to use as a primary computer with another to use for detailing and other tasks which don't require the horse power. I am using a 1GHz 1GB G4 machine myself and am satisfied with the performance. I would like more but I need a laptop (maybe in a few months...).