There are a few things I want to know:
What is the differance between Softimage XSI Essentials v3.5 and Softimage XSI Advanced v3.5?
Does the educational license have a time limit, meaning does the use of the software expire?
I'm serious looking into buying the education version of softimage as it seems much cheaper than educational versions of 3Ds Max and Maya. But I hear 3Ds Max has a very easy learning curve. I fear that softimage will be hard to learn as Maya and Lightwave have been real nightmares for me.
Softimage seems to have a good interface by looking at the screenshots, but what do I know. Is softimage a easy tool to learn? I plan on starting out building low-poly models since I like the that style of modeling.