everyone, thank you for so much clarifying and help as i wind up evaluating the finale demo. and now, your advice on two more issues, please.
1- i believe the gpo violin strength is maybe 12 in firsts and 10 in seconds - not sure - maybe 6 in basses and not much more in cellos. do you find this density enough for being heard in tutti and against brass? do y ou have them play louder as a rule - or do you have two sets of firsts, two sets of seconds, etc. divisi could be a problem for sound with only 5 or 6 playing one line.
2- my eMac will not handle gpo, finale, and kontact, for sure. so, i am thinking much about the Mac Pro. I see in the demo tutorial that BARE minimums are 1 gb RAM with 1.8GHz speed. Leaf in Dallas said he has 1.5 gb in RAM and still cuts out at times and uses no more than 10 to 12 instruments. Should i buy more space and speed - and if so - your ideas on how much - so that i have lots of room to work on scores and make changes and have the power to play it all- and maybe still have an internet Banda Ancha connection (dsl??) I would keep the eMac for sure with all the gizmos i have on it. But i would still need to receive updates to Tiger and iTunes stuff etc for the Pro. Opiniones?
and there's a final question, but it does not come to me just now. i have no way to respond to your warm and cooperative attitude - except to apreciate you and to invite you to come to Bogotá.