Friday Flashback #260

What’s New from ten years ago on the home page

  • Spontaneous creates U2’s latest music video with SOFTIMAGE|FACE ROBOT
  • Greg Punchaz of Janimation tells you everything you need to know about transferring models and maps between SOFTIMAGE|XSI and ZBrush
  • New York’s Quite Man celebrates ten years at the top, with a little help from SOFTIMAGE|XSI


Friday Flashback #259

SOFTIMAGE|3D Used in All Three Motion Pictures Nominated for Achievement in Visual Effects; Softimage Founder Honored With Academy Award Plaque

Images from the Dec 1 2002 waybackmachine archive of xsibase

MONTREAL – Feb. 11, 1998 – Softimage Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft Corp., today announced that SOFTIMAGE®|3D was used for character animation in all three films nominated Feb. 10 in the category of Achievement in Visual Effects for the 70th annual Academy Awards. The special effects in “Lost World,” “Starship Troopers” and “Titanic” were made possible by the incredibly rich set of tools that SOFTIMAGE|3D provides for digital artists.

Industrial Light & Magic used SOFTIMAGE|3D to terrify and delight audiences with realistic animated dinosaurs in “Lost World”; Tippet Studios created futuristic ‘bugs’ with it for “Starship Troopers”; and Digital Domain made use of the software to create hundreds of digitally animated passengers aboard “Titanic.” The nominees were chosen from the Academy short list of seven films. The four other films under consideration – “Batman and Robin,” “Contact,” “The Fifth Element” and “Men in Black” – also took advantage of SOFTIMAGE|3D to create an amazing array of fantastic effects and character animation.

“This has been an exciting year for us at Softimage, and we’re thrilled that so many of our customers are being recognized by the Academy,” said Softimage President Moshe Lichtman. “Digital artists using SOFTIMAGE|3D have continually broken new ground in creativity and quality. The power of SOFTIMAGE|3D is stunningly portrayed in the special effects brought to life in these films.”

The winning film will be announced at the Academy Award ceremony, televised from Los Angeles on Monday, March 23, 1998, at 7 p.m. PST.

Softimage Technology Lauded by Academy

Softimage congratulates its founder, Daniel Langlois, who – along with Rejean Gagné, Richard Laperriere and Dominique Boisvert – received a Scientific and Engineering Award from the Academy on Jan. 7, 1998. This award honors outstanding contributions that have made a technological impact on the film industry. Langlois, Gagné, Laperriere and Boisvert received the Academy plaque for creating the Actor component of the SOFTIMAGE|3D computer animation system. This component provided breakthroughs in animation control and efficiency that led to the widespread use of Softimage in visual effects and animation production through the introduction of Inverse Kinematics into the animation industry.


SOFTIMAGE|3D, the flagship of the Softimage product line, has consistently set the benchmarks for fully integrated professional 3-D modeling, animation and rendering software. The choice of professionals who demand the highest-quality content, Softimage has consistently raised the bar from which other systems are measured. “Sumatra” is Softimage’s revolutionary, next-generation 3-D software. It is the world’s first non-linear animation system, extending the current work flow of 3-D animation more fluidly into the overall production process.

About Softimage

Founded in 1986, Softimage develops software for media-rich applications including video, film, interactive games and CD-ROM applications. Products include SOFTIMAGE|DS (video production); SOFTIMAGE|3D (3-D animation); SOFTIMAGE|EDDIE (compositing) and Toonz (2-D cel animation). The company was acquired in 1994 by Microsoft. Additional information about Softimage and Microsoft can be found via the Internet at ( and, respectively.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day.

Friday Flashback #258

From the 2006 whitepaper “Getting Into Character: Building Performances
for Next-Generation Productions”:

Softimage Co.:
20 Years of Character Animation Innovation
Founded in 1986, Softimage has always been the company that character
animators look to for intuitive tools that allow them to work artistically.
Our founding principles are rooted in the idea that, regardless of its
technological underpinnings, 3D content creation is a fundamentally
artistic pursuit – that technology should empower artists, not restrict
them. For the last twenty years Softimage has set a breakneck pace of
innovation that has driven the 3D industry forward.



Friday Flashback #256

Softimage 3D 3.8 Extreme boxed set – eBay
by SiliconClassics

Complete boxed set of Softimage|3D 3.8 SP2 Extreme – includes installation discs for IRIX and Windows, manuals, pamphlets, and a working license file.

Soft|3D runs great on vintage SGI hardware because it is highly streamlined and memory-efficient. Even an Indy will run it perfectly. Requires IRIX 6.2. You can check my photo gallery for a screenshot and a description of the software.

This is the ultimate classic 3D animation package – along with PowerAnimator and Renderman, it was part of the trifecta of high-end 3D apps used by the major visual effects studios. The huge box looks awesome on a shelf, and the software is a joy to use.



2015 year in review for the Softimage mailing list


539 topics, 4055 posts, 271 different posters

Top 25 Threads
*number of posts in bold

  1. Maya thinks they’re clever….and that’s the problem 92
  2. Introducing Canvas – visual programming for Fabric Engine 2.0 59
  3. Get rid of your flip phone and get current on maya! 58
  4. H14 is out ! 56
  5. Is purchasing a new softimage license impossible? 53
  6. Continued use of Softimage question 50
  7. OT: Hypershade changes in Maya 2016 46
  8. Friday Flashback #223 46
  9. test 41
  10. can I still get softimage? 40
  11. Heavy scenes with the GTX 970 40
  12. GATOR – A feature in Softimage since 2008 38
  13. Soft licenses still available for purchase? 36
  14. Very OT: for the love of your career.. try houdini 36
  15. akeytsu animation software demo 36
  16. “”The shadow over The Foundry”” 36
  17. Maya freelance list 35
  18. OT: Epic going completely crazy 33
  19. Downloading Entertainment Creation Suite 33
  20. OT: Modo 901 Sneak Peek 32
  21. [PLUG] mGear Teaser 31
  22. Have a question an alternative tool 31
  23. End of the ride 31
  24. Maya graph dependencies 28
  25. OT’ish: Redshift renderfarm with Softimage setup? 27

Top 25 Posters
* number of posts in bold

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  4. Eric Thivierge 98
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  6. Matt Lind 94
  7. Mirko Jankovic 91
  8. Sebastien Sterling 85
  9. Leendert A. Hartog 84
  10. Stephen Blair 82
  11. Olivier Jeannel 80
  12. Gerbrand Nel 79
  13. Mario Reitbauer 78
  14. Luc-Eric Rousseau 72
  15. Sven Constable 70
  16. Ponthieux, Joseph G. 68
  17. Angus Davidson 63
  18. Tim Leydecker 61
  19. Eric Turman 60
  20. Chris Marshall 54
  21. Nicolas Esposito 53
  22. peter_b 52
  23. Jordi Bares Dominguez 49
  24. Steven Caron 48
  25. Francisco Criado 48