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SOFTIMAGE TO DELIVER 'XSI 6' BY YEAR'S END

November 16, 2006
SOFTIMAGE TO DELIVER 'XSI 6' BY YEAR'S END

Version 6 will support the .NET framework and include integrated C#, an object-oriented programming language, popular with next-generation 3D game developers. The software also offers support for Python, a preferred scripting language used by technical directors for setting up film and visual effects pipelines. In addition, Softimage is working closely with partners to offer support for DirectX 10 hardware that will operate on Microsoft Windows Vista once it becomes available.

Additional XSI 6 highlights include: Crosswalk, a dedicated toolset for asset transfer to and from other 3D applications; Motor, a streamlined way to transfer and move animation and motion capture data between XSI rigs and other 3D software character rigs; and Delta Referencing, a lightweight referencing solution that streamlines the process of working with and making changes to 3D models and scene set-ups.

Elastic Reality Warper and Morpher are built into the Illusion compositor in XSI 6, allowing artists to distort and morph images and sequences.

Quick Shade allows for fast previewing of rendering elements with large scale materials management and support for Mental Ray 3.5. It also provides a new open framework for integrating third-party renderers.

Softimage will have three versions of XSI 6 available by the end of December: Foundation ($495), Essentials ($1,995) and Advanced ($6,995).


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