View Full Version : XSI 3.0 Feature Review

08 August 2002, 03:22 PM
Want to know more about XSI 3.0? Then read this:

08 August 2002, 06:15 PM
now I know how version 3 looks like! WOW! WOW! WOW!!!!!!

08 August 2002, 06:17 PM

I think Im on my way to the bank.....How much is it!!!


08 August 2002, 09:32 PM
Originally posted by Ezz

I think Im on my way to the bank.....How much is it!!!


It depends if you benefit from a promotion, but without it's between 8000 and 12000 USD.

Salutations - Cheers
Bernard Lebel

08 August 2002, 10:14 PM
wow although xsi still isnt my fav as far as ui the new features are in a word amazing! i xpecially like the new character tools and fx. The modeling inhansments wernt gigantic in number(good thing) and there is just an over all inprovment in it.

08 August 2002, 01:10 AM
If any of you guys are interested, I just added 15 "features" to the feature review. (These are 15 features that I forgot to add the first time around, not modified versions of what was already there.) The URL has not changed:

08 August 2002, 09:06 PM
Ed my man, u r a man of comsumate knowledge - but how in the hell are us mere mortals gonna learn ALL the features of XSi 3.0!?

How many millions of tutorials r we gonna need!!!

AArrrggghhh my heads gonna pop!

08 August 2002, 02:00 AM
Thanks a lot steverage! The more complex it is, the more fun you'll have! If Softimage continues developing at this pace you'll never get bored.... because you'll constantly be learning. :D

(Not that we are not all constantly learning anyway)

08 August 2002, 05:03 AM
Hello Ed

I was wondering have they created any new hot keys for the reference function (e.g.. reference edge , vert, face) or perhaps global to local. Perhaps a toggle for all the viewing modes like wire shaded hiddenline. I am only asking because I have seen nothing yet about those kind of workflow improvements. The one other question I want to ask is there any talk on developing a integrated heads up display like the "hotbox" in maya, I know you can write scripts for it, so I know it is possible.
I also was wondering how intuitive the painting of the multidirectional displacements are, or are we all going to have to get alien brain transplants.

I am thanking you in advance.


08 August 2002, 02:33 PM
They have created a whole lot of new hotkeys. You will be happy. :) No hotbox though. Making the multidirectional displacement maps is not has hard as I thought it was going to be. Once you do it a couple of times, it's not much harder than creating normal displacement maps. (But it's much much more flexible!)

08 August 2002, 11:01 PM
I'm not sure if 3.0 will have this but it is pretty much the only thing I miss from my MAX days. And that's the ability to hide individual selected polygons. It was great to be working on a model and then just hide the front half of the body so you wouldn't accidentally mess with the front and it helped those on slower computers deal with a bigger complex model. All in all it seemed simple but seeing as XSI doesn't have it, it is ingenious and something I dearly miss.


08 August 2002, 02:26 AM
Yes, XSI 3.0 has "hide individual selected polygons" as well as some other cool "hide" features. They even took it a step further and built a lot of functionality into the hide features as well. (It's more than just hiding things for modeling) Once you see 3.0 you'll know what I am talking about.

08 August 2002, 03:48 AM
Sweet, ahh I can't wait!

When is it supposed to come out again? October sometime? WAIT nm, I just saw farther down you said at the end of October. I thought I remembered them saying that at Siggraph but I think I was too wowed after the demonstrations and the neat red hat :)


08 August 2002, 04:04 AM
XSI is really truley impressive, they seem to take everything a step further than they needed to. I just wish there were more learning resources for it.

08 August 2002, 11:53 AM
Originally posted by swampthing
I just wish there were more learning resources for it.
There will be. Aside from me, I know of at least 5 other people working on new XSI resources.

08 August 2002, 01:37 PM
Hi there folks!!!

Well Ive seen a big increase in the numbers of resources for XSI
in the past 2 years - books, videos etc.
(Not to mention all those gifted people answering stupid newbie- questions like mine on varios sites!!!)
So Im very confident!!!


08 August 2002, 06:28 AM
that's great to hear ed. If it weren't for your site i doubt i woulda gave XSI more than a quick glance. As much as i like the software, it's just way too complicated to go it alone.

08 August 2002, 12:23 PM
Thanks a lot! (More to come soon!) :)

09 September 2002, 02:01 AM
Ed, keep up the good work. It's cool to see guy's like you making a contribution to the community.

09 September 2002, 02:30 AM
Thanks a lot. Cool avatar you've got there, btw.

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