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Macbook Pro or Mac Pro desktop??

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I just received my brand new copy 2008 Spotlight. I am a new user and have not installed it yet, but just found out I am able to purchase a new MacBook Pro to run it on.

My question is : Should I get the Macbook Pro with 256 VRAM or do need to wait out for a desktop MacPro with 512 mb of VRAM? Will the Macbook Pro work just fine?

I would prefer the laptop for other reasons but , wouldn't want to hurt the performance of Spotlight because of it.

I will using Spotlight to create a 3D interior view of our main sanctuary, equipped with our lighting plot, virtual band onstage, and some set pieces. At some point I will turn virtual lights on and ask Spotlight to render several diffrent viewpoints.

Has anyone out there used Spotlight on a Macbook Pro , for a similar render?



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The MacBook Pro is a fine machine to run VectorWorks, go for it.

Of course if *I* had the option to wait for a Desktop, however, I would nearly always take that option because of increased power and longevity.

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If you're choosing a machine with rendering in mind; go for the most powerful desktop you can afford. The notebooks are fantastic, but the desktop will get you great renders faster.

Cris Dopher

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I've got both and it runs well on each. You won't suffer to run it on a portable, and as most designers need to travel to get back and forth to the theater, city or country of work, a portable is very sensible. I would recommend you not get a 17" as it is a beast to carry. Adding a second monitor on site to your MBP is easy and will really help your working habits.

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