thanks for confirming that the problem is not specific to my setup on the mac. I will try out the 4 view setup later today and report back.
@Peter, just as an fyi, a significant number of the example files either do not work on the mac or crash Maya. Also, some of the networks can be set up successfully only through the node editor but cause a crash if using the drop down menu (or whatever that is formally called) and then crash later. An example is scatter followed by shatter. The addition of shatter causes a crash. I really enjoy using Soup and would love to have it working more stably on a mac if possible. I realize that there are limited resources to achieve this so it really is just an fyi. Thank you for this great software.