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New Maxon Plug-in Connects Bodypaint 3D with Softimage|XSI

Maxon Computer announced the immediate availability of a new plug-in that connects its renowned 3D painting program, BodyPaint 3D, to SOFTIMAGE|XSI. Now the unique 3D painting features of Maxons industry proven tool are available to all users of the latest generation of SOFTIMAGE|XSI. Character animators, game developers and motion picture artists in particular appreciate the versatility of BodyPaint 3D when it comes to texturing the most complex models without distortions.

BodyPaint 3D has already won over a wealth of famous studios thanks to its complete set of texture tools. The software boasts a fully integrated UV editor, artistic paint tools (including full support for layered PSD files) and the revolutionary RayBrush mode, which allows the user to paint in a raytraced view in three dimensions.

In addition, a fast and flexible projection painting mode has been available in the package since Release 2, much to the delight of BodyPaint 3D's users such as Sony Pictures Imageworks, Framestore CFC and others.

"Maxon's BodyPaint 3D is one of the most powerful tools available to artists today, boasted Gareth Morgan, senior product manager for Softimage. Now, by using BodyPaint and SOFTIMAGE|XSI together, 3D modelers have even more flexibility to create complex, articulated texture maps. XSI artists can be confident that they can continue using the industry-leading BodyPaint 3D with our powerful animation software."

The SOFTIMAGE|XSI plug-in is available for Windows only and requires BodyPaint 3D Release 2 or higher and SOFTIMAGE|XSI Release 4 Foundation or Advanced. The plug-in can be downloaded for free from MAXON's website.

Maxon Computer ( is the developer of professional 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions. Its award-winning products have been used extensively in the film, television, science, architecture, engineering and other industries.

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