[b]UPDATE: 17 July 2008
Join us for the XSI 7 Online Launch at CGSociety.org:
It's a big day. We're announcing XSI 7. XSI 7 introduces ICE (Interactive Creative Environment), a groundbreaking technology that transforms XSI from just another 3D product into a powerful and flexible open platform. [b]ICE - New in XSI 7[/b] ICE (Interactive Creative Environment) is an open, scalable platform that allows anyone to extend the capabilities of XSI quickly and intuitively using a node-based dataflow diagram. This paradigm means that 3D artists can create complex 3D effects and tools extremely quickly without writing code. Powering ICE is a high performance parallel processing engine that takes advantage of multi-core workstations a first for a general 3D architecture giving users utmost performance and scalability. The result is a giant leap forward in production efficiency and consistency, enabling higher production standards. [img]http://www.softimage.com/products/xsi/ice/imgs/Mulcor_Burning_Forest_s.jpg[/img]
[left]The ICE environment XSI functionality is displayed using a node-based dataflow diagram. Each node has specific capabilities. Users connect nodes to create a desired effect. A group of nodes can be packaged together into a compound, which is displayed as a single node. As a result, highly complex tools can be deployed and re-used without writing code.
More New Features
[li]Support for mental ray v.3.6 with new rendering stand-ins that will allow users to offload objects along with rigged and animated characters to the disk until render time, resulting in light-weight scene assembly for much larger rendered scenes, and optimized controls for final gathering and global illumination[/li][li]Delta II a major update to the lightweight referencing system in SOFTIMAGE|XSI, with enhanced support for clusters and cluster properties, including materials, textures and UVs[/li][li]RTS III – a new Real-Time Shading architecture that will allow fragment and vertex shaders to exist in one node, and will be programmable and controllable from any ICE attribute[/li][li]And more…[/li][/ul]XSI 7 will ship this quarter (before 30 September 2008). A demo will be available soon for download.
[>> SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7 <<](http://www.softimage.com/products/xsi/) [b]XSI Foundation Discontinued as a Standalone Product[/b] Another announcement -- Softimage is discontinuing XSI Foundation as a standalone product. [Here is a notice to XSI Foundation users](http://www.softimage.com/products/xsi/foundation/) Until 30 September 2008, all XSI Foundation customers (including version 4.x, 5.x and 6.x customers) are eligible to upgrade to XSI 7 at the lowest prices ever offered. Please contact your [Softimage reseller](http://www.softimage.com/buy/) or Softimage Sales for pricing and details. .