SOFTIMAGE, the producers of popular 3D tool SOFTIMAGE|3D, announced that their eagerly anticipated next-generation 3D system code-named Sumatra has been given a name. Sumatra is to be released simply as SOFTIMAGE|XSI - a very humble and straight-forward name, but an effective one all the same. Why SOFTIMAGE|XSI? Unfortunately there's no funny story as to why SOFTIMAGE chose this name, it is simply the file extension of SOFTIMAGE's interactive media format. This file format is central to the creative process for games, film and multimedia developers, therefore the product formerly known as Sumatra will be the first component in streamlining the creative process. SOFTIMAGE is gearing up to release XSI at NAB in April.