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07 July 2002, 11:02 PM
Probably a gnoob question, but you gotta ask to learn....

Anyways, been farting around with the XSI demo CD and wondering, what's the differnece between XSI and softimage 4.0? Why should you choose one or the other? etc.

07 July 2002, 07:32 AM
well XSI is the latest from Softimage.. written from scratch.. you obviously know what it is since you're playing with the experience cd.. Softimage 3D doesnt even look like its a windows program.. it once was and still is one of the best animation and modeling packages out there. the whole yoda light saber fight scene in episode 2 is all softimage 3d.. can't go into too many details about the differences except to say that it's being touted as the entry level Softimage package at the moment.. at 1500 bucks i think.. XSI at its lowest available version (essential) is many times that. Softimage is slowly trying to bring all the great features of SI3D into XSI so I'm guessing it's time is limited. if you're just starting out.. i'd stick to XSI for now.

07 July 2002, 01:27 PM

Salutations - Cheers
Bernard Lebel

07 July 2002, 01:40 PM
its weird that you said in there that xsi poly modeling is weak.
i think its good enough. definitely needs enhancements and better referencing tools but i dont think it deserves to be called weak.

07 July 2002, 05:22 PM
Thanks for pointing this out, actually I meant SI3D instead of XSI but was probably distracted at this moment. SI3D poly tools are inadequate (though I don't know for SI3D v4).

I think XSI has kick-ass poly tools, plain and simple. There is still place for improvements (some useful tools and contextual menu customization would be great) but so far I'm very happy.

Salutations - Cheers
Bernard Lebel

07 July 2002, 01:45 AM
once i got my hands on XSI, i never go back to 3D

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