SOFTIMAGE|XSI 5 allows users to create and customize character rigs, streamlining the process for making modeling, texturing, and rigging changes to characters without re-constructing bones, bone weights, or shape animation. SOFTIMAGE|XSI 5 also includes a set of migration tools for Maya users, such as a customizable user interface with new menu and keyboard and mouse navigation properties.
SOFTIMAGE|XSI 5 has been redesigned to take advantage of dual-core 64-bit CPUs, which can access large amounts of physical memory to effectively double production throughput during the CG content creation process, according to Avid. In addition, SOFTIMAGE|XSI 5 is integrated with version 3.4 of the 64-bit mental ray rendering software. Now, users no longer need to reduce large scenes into smaller, individual pieces before rendering.
SOFTIMAGE|XSI 5 is expected to be available in September 2005 for purchase in the following configurations:
- SOFTIMAGE|XSI 5 Foundation for $495 from the Softimage Web site at www.softimage.com/store.
- SOFTIMAGE|XSI 5 Essentials for $1,995 from authorized Softimage resellers.
- SOFTIMAGE|XSI 5 Advanced for $6,995 from authorized Softimage resellers.