Friday Flashback #187

The old Reitman building eventually became the Softimage headquarters.

The oldest part of the building dates back to 1921 and housed different clothing manufacturers, until 1951 when it became the Reitman’s headquarters and distribution center for hats, gloves, and lingerie. Softimage moved into the building in the mid 90s.

Here’s a few pictures of the Softimage building and its signage (sent to me by Sven C, thanks!).




Friday Flashback #186

The Softimage User’s Site circa 1998
Maintained by Benjamin Grosser and hosted by the Beckman Institute Visualization Facility.

The Softimage User’s Site (, garnering thousands of hits from around the world daily, provides a tremendous amount of information on Softimage.

The Learning Resources section provides links to online tutorials, books and sample databases. The KnowledgeBase Index is a quick-link to all of Microsoft’s Softimage KB entries. Of most importance is the Softimage Mailing-List Archive, a web-browsable and searchable archive of all nine of the Softimage Mailing-List’s, dating back to 1994. The Softimage Mailing-List’s are the primary source of troubleshooting and technique information on Softimage, with an average of 40-50 messages per day on the 3D list.


Friday Flashback #182

Screenshot and caption from the July 2000 3d world review of Softimage XSI 1.0. Check out the old-style PPG.
Modelling is good but nothing to write home about, but things should improve. You do get the veritable pwerhouse of Softimge 3D thrown in for free, but integration between packages is certainly not ideal. Softimage XSI doesn’t support trimmed surfaces, for example.

Friday Flashback #180

SOFTIMAGE | XSI v2.0 POWER CREATOR’S GUIDE The full description the super technique and basic functions of Ver2.0. Transition to XSI is OK with one book this from the 3D!

Price 5,600 yen + tax
Author Arene Raferye, Shigeru Araki, Takashi Umezawa, Kadoguchi Yoichiro, ANoriko Saito, Akira Sugiyama, Michael Arias, Rejean Gagne, Shinji Watanabe
Release Date May 2002
Total number of pages 408 pages
Issuance and sale Ltd. aspect Http://Www.FuGra.Tv/ (to a corporate aspect site)
ISBN ISBN4-7572-0924-X

hat tip to Todd Akita who sent me some pictures of the book. Todd adds “Screenshots are from an early Koji Morimoto-directed CM at Studio4c showing how they integrated traditional animation/CG.”

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