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Softimage Ships XSI 7 With New ICE Technology

Softimage has begun shipping SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7, the latest version of its professional 3D animation software for games, film and television. Along with many substantial new features, SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7 is shipping with ICE, a transformative open platform designed to capture the infinitely creative vision of content producers. With a visual interface and an easy-to-use node-based programming model, users will be able to quickly create complex visual effects.

ICE allows artists to explore, learn and modify the robust library of particle-based visual effects and deformation tools available in SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7 software, or simply build new ones from scratch.

"The new features in XSI 7, along with the new ICE platform, represent a major leap for Softimage," said Aloys Baillet, Research and Development Lead, Animal Logic, Australia. "The new ICE platform allows our artists and TDs to maximize their creative endeavors on our latest projects with new ways to create complex deformations and character effects in this impressive node-based workflow -- and because it's multi-threaded, we're seeing significant performance gains on our multi-core workstations."

SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7 software offers features developed for and inspired by its customers. Along with the new multi-threaded ICE platform, SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7 is shipping with pre-built, production-ready ICE 'compounds' for complex particle-based effects and deformations allowing artists and TDs to jump right into production. Additional features include: rendering support for mental ray v. 3.6; Delta II, an updated, lightweight referencing system; a new Real-Time Shading architecture; and a streamlined licensing process; User Interface and workflow improvements across several toolsets; and many other enhancements based on clients' requests. Digital Tutors also provides a FREE DVD with official Softimage training material, exclusively created for SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7.

For a full list of features in SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7 software, and to see demonstration videos, visit: www.softimage.com.

View the SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7 Web launch video at: http://features.cgsociety.org/story_custom.php?story_id=4595.

"SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7 with the new ICE platform represents another significant milestone in our 22-year history," said Marc Stevens, GM of Softimage and VP of Avid Technology. "The incredibly positive reception from artists and TDs globally validates our objectives -- provide a platform to easily create, modify and deploy complex tools and effects more efficiently than ever before."

SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7 is available now for purchase from a local Softimage reseller or sales representative, or on the Softimage Web store at: http://www.softimage.com/buy/.Pricing for SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7 Essentials will be $2,995. Pricing for SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7 Advanced will be $4,995.

Softimage also offers a compelling maintenance program that provides extended customer support and upgrade advantages. All Softimage customers and 3D enthusiasts can join the SOFTIMAGE|NET community site, where a dedicated forum is in place to post and share member-created ICE compounds.

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