I think it was September this year when I first got into using Vue as the main program for my artwork. I'm presently using Vue 11 Studio, and I'm quickly coming to the conclusion that working with Vue is not too disparate to dealing with a petulant child. It would seem that Vue *hates* my graphics card. I'm using an Asus 6850 DirectCU because while I do have quite a few games on Steam, I don't really play anything else besides Left 4 Dead 2. I'm just not a big fan of playing games on my own. L4D2 I play with my partner. Anyway, Vue hates my GPU. If it could figure a way to set it on fire, I truly believe it would do so. As it is, it just crashes a lot if I set it to use my GPU. Hence, I am now stuck running the OpenGL part of things via the built in software option. I'm not convinced that it's made things lots better, but at least I can edit materials now without it flipping me off and crashing (again). Ecosystems seem to be a different matter. If you don't like the arrangement Vue came up with for the instances in your ecosystem, you just hit the 'clear' button and it comes up with a different arrangement. Nice! Or it would be if my copy of Vue didn't crash after a couple of attempts at getting a better arrangement. I don't think it's plants that bother it per se. Adding stones into the ecosystem equation really chafes its ass though.
To be honest, I was starting to think that my copy of Vue has some sort of multiple personality disorder coded into it. My last two images were created without much by way of issues. With my latest image I seem to have discovered, albeit unintentionally, something else that is the equivalent of a slur against its mother. So, lots of being flipped off and crashing.
The thing is, I don't see lots of complaints about how often Vue crashes for other people. And after doing some reading, I've started to realise that Vue isn't the same as something like Daz or Poser. While they are happy to use the same graphic card that you use for watching movies or playing games, Vue is amazingly fussy about such things.
So, my partner and I have discussed the situation and decided that I should build a workstation computer. I'll happily admit I don't have a freakin' clue what makes for a decent, but cheap, workstation rig. I'm thinking an Intel Xeon CPU and an Nvidia workstation GPU are going to be the best options, but I could be wrong. Needless to say, it's going to involve spending enough money to make a miser such as myself weep for many years. If it was as simple as just building a workstation that would be great. But it's really going to mean buying a new monitor as I'm pretty sure my present one wouldn't support two PC's being plugged into it. I'm also pretty sure that the colour accuracy on my present monitor isn't as good as it should be. Which means Dell Ultrasharp U2412M, here I come.
I'm going to post on the forums over at Cornucopia3D and see if I can get some help on what components would be best. If I'm lucky, I might actually get a reply in less than a month
If, after I've got the workstation built, Vue still acts like a whiny little bitch, I'm going to figure a way to build Vue an ass, just so I can kick it!