Softimage|3D 4.0 out soon?

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  01 January 2002
Softimage|3D 4.0 out soon?

I heard from a colleague of mine that Avid are releasing Softimage 4.0 soon.

Can anyone verify that bit of news?

Last edited by Monkey_Majick : 01 January 2002 at 05:37 AM.
  01 January 2002


Have you heard anything?
  01 January 2002
Yep its True 4.0 will be available not sure when, but ive seen folks using it.

  01 January 2002

Any screen shots?
Any articles to look at?
  01 January 2002
Softimage|3D 4.0 seems to be a mystery. No one I've talked to can tell me for sure when it's coming out, what it looks like, how much it will cost or what new features it will have.

If anyone knows anything about 4.0, it sure would be nice to hear.
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  01 January 2002
Softimage 4.0 is still in beta (2) and will have some new features like :

3D now runs on Linux!

Multiple UV Texturing

Advanced Vertex Color Authoring

Polygon Hide / Unhide

Dopesheet Support for Custom and Shader Function Curves

Interactive Editing of Shading Normals

Playstation 2 TIM2 Image Support

TurboGetScene+ - new feature for optimal scene load performance

FreezeNormalColors+ - create vertex colors from shading normals

SetCurrentMatTxt+ - simple and powerful management of current material and textures

SetVertexColors+ - new advanced additions to the tool

GC_PolygonReduction+ - ability to reduce multiple models & scenes in stand-alone batch mode

Plus many bug fixes...

and the SDK.

i dont have yet a release date. The Softimage Team was mainly targetting on XSI 2.01 developing


Last edited by sumone : 01 January 2002 at 08:54 AM.
  01 January 2002
I thought XSI was to "replace" SI|3d, but from these post that doesn’t seem to be case(?)

Will Avid continue to develop SI|3d parallel to XSI as two different package or am I missing something? Anybody know?
  01 January 2002
This is just my opinion, but i think Softimage is pushing a little bit the old Softimage3D because the game developers and people that still rely on this package, but that is ending.

  01 January 2002
XSI 2.0 is now shipped without Softimage 3D.. that wasnt true fro XSI 1.5 but now.. XSI is ready to be stand alone.
the reason for Softimage 3D 4.0 could be the complete plorting to Linux platform and for ppl who wont yet move to XSI.... we know that SI|3D still rocks .....

  03 March 2002
Something's strange about SI 4.0, my local resseler told me that he had it and gave me the price ...
Well it doesn't really matter what version you have if your still on the maintenance anyway.
  03 March 2002
My reseller told me that ver. 4 was NOT included as a free update by the maintenance deal, so you hade to pay for it (don’t know the price though). He also told me that the update was mainly focused towards game developers, witch makes the update less interesting for me…
  03 March 2002
Why Avid is releasing v.4 of old Soft 3D I'll never know when XSI v.2.01 is fine product. I guess the hardcore Soft 3D devotees doesn't want it to die.
  03 March 2002
What is strange that they release a new version but don't "push" it. There is almost no advertising for it. But consider that Softimage is still widely used. And it's always interesting that if you watch a making of DVD and see the people at ILM (like Rob Coleman) who still uses Soft 3.7! :-)
But probably they really want to it to die....:-( it had the coolest interface i have ever seen.
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  03 March 2002
I bet they'll advertise when it is out
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