Specifically designed for training purposes, a free version of Softimage’s 3D nonlinear production software, SOFTIMAGE|XSI v.3.0, is available to download for use with the Microsoft Windows XP and Windows 2000 platforms.
A successor to the popular SOFTIMAGE|XSI v.2.0 Experience CD, this software introduces a range of new possibilities for both professionals and 3D novices. Users can access all features found on the advanced version, giving them the ability to create games content using the SOFTIMAGE|XSI real-time shaders, utilize the fully integrated compositing environment, render film-quality images with mental ray v.3.1 technology and save files. However, as it is intended for non-commercial use, watermarks appear on rendered images.
The SOFTIMAGE|XSI EXP v.3.0 also includes six tutorials which provide instruction on everything from learning the user interface and mastering the integrated compositing capabilities, to connecting the SOFTIMAGE|XSI software to other applications in a 3D pipeline.
SOFTIMAGE|XSI EXP v.3.0 is available as a free download from the Softimage website (www.softimage.com/EXP) or as part of a complete CD-based training kit available for purchase from the same site.