gloomer wrote:sometimes it is more simple to change render engine than to change or upgrade a PC
Personally, I would dread having to change render engine, having done it a couple of times before getting into Maxwell! It is definitely not something to take lightly, given the large amount of materials in my library that would all need to be rebuilt in the new engine. Even if there is a Maxwell material converter (I do not know of one), the likelihood of getting a one-one conversion without needing to spend lots of time tweaking things to suit the nuances of the new engine is very low.
Ideally we would all have another one, or two rendering engines to hand to cover all bases should one update cause instability issues, but maintaining 2, or 3 libraries of materials for different rendering engines seems like a lot of time-consuming work- Coming from the point of view of a small company or one, or two people that is.
I have also been noticing frequent crashes with both studio and the sketchup plugin. SketchUp crashing is most definitely related to FIRE, however Studio crashes for me when opening an mxs file from explorer (the first time), saving a file (sometimes, but often enough), or at any other random point in time it doesn't like something I am trying to do. However, some of this instability I experienced in v3.5 as well, so I have always put it down to some issue with my pc, or Windows etc and frustratingly lived with it.