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.
In this case, a Softimage user reported that on a machine where Softimage had worked on consistently for years, XSI.exe was now crashing at startup with the “Failed to save scene before system failure” error. He’d done all the troubleshooting steps, but still hadn’t found a solution.
It’s hard to resist a challenge like that, so I got my hands on the Process Monitor log, and it turned out to be a bit of an easy case. I went through the Process activity, and just before the crash (you can tell the crash point by where XSI.exe does a ProcessCreate on senddmp.exe), I took a look at the DLLs loaded by XSI.exe. Usually you’re looking for something that doesn’t belong, and when I saw Microsoft, Autodesk, Flexera, Apple, Apache, and…Sendori??? I thought I might have something.
Bien sûr, parce que c’est Softimage
Launch reel for XSI version 4.0 at NAB 2004. Design by Andrew Elvish, music and graphics Orazio Fantini, editing Patrick Moine, produced by Brett Lush.
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)
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.”