SOFTIMAGE|XSI 5.0 Debuts

Avid Technology Inc. today announced the worldwide availability of SOFTIMAGE®|XSI version 5.0, the latest edition of its flagship 3D animation software. Unveiled over the summer at SIGGRAPH 2005, XSI v.5.0 boasts such new features as non-destructive character tools and a comprehensive set of migration tools for Alias Maya users.

SOFTIMAGE|XSI v.5.0 also includes the GATOR attribute transfer system for re-purposing properties and animation between models, native 64-bit support for XSI and mental ray 3.4 software to create and render complex scenes and a new gigapolygon core that leverages multi-processor and multi-core platforms with an enhanced memory management system.

The creative engine behind the Avid Computer Graphics toolset, SOFTIMAGE|XSI software is an integral part of Avid’s Make, Manage and Move Media strategy. The industry’s first 3D nonlinear production environment, it allows artists the freedom to make professional computer graphics, 3D animation and visual effects for film, television and video games. The software is used at such renown vfx houses as Troublemaker Studios, CafeFX, Giant Killer Robots, R!OT, The Mill, Stan Winston Studios, Pixel Liberation Front, La Maison, Hybride, Janimation, Quiet Man, PSYOP, Cinepix and Nerd Corps.

SOFTIMAGE|XSI v.5.0 Foundation is available for $495 from the Softimage website at www.softimage.com/store. Meanwhile, the SOFTIMAGE|XSI v.5.0 Essentials package can be had for around $1,995 from authorized Softimage resellers, along with SOFTIMAGE|XSI v.5.0 Advanced for the suggested retail price of $6,995. For more information, go to www.softimage.com.