Softimage 2011 Review: Improving Dynamics and Flexibility
Other additions include the Craft director tools, which can help generate procedural animation for cars and cameras, among others. Further small but handy features include the ability to keyframe camera animation from within viewing through the camera. Up until now you basically had to move the active camera in a separate viewport to create keyframes for it.
In conclusion, 2011 is a solid update for Softimage with many useful improvements that are worth the upgrade. Crosswalk 5.0, which also comes with Softimage (as it does for 3ds Max and Maya), should further improve the exchange of data between the three 3D software. For anyone worried that the Softimage development may come to a halt because of the acquisition from Autodesk, you have been proven wrong so far.
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