Autodesk Softimage

Autodesk Softimage

Autodesk Softimage, or simply Softimage , is a high-end 3D computer graphics application owned by Autodesk for producing 3D computer graphics, 3D modeling, and computer animation. The software is predominantly used in the film, video game and advertising industries for creating computer generated characters, objects, and environments.

Released in 2000 as the successor to Softimage|3D, Softimage|XSI was developed by Softimage, Co., then a subsidiary of Avid Technology. On Oct. 23, 2008, Autodesk acquired from Avid the Softimage brand and 3D animation assets for approximately $35 million, thereby ending Softimage Co. as a distinct entity. In February 2009, Softimage|XSI was rebranded Autodesk Softimage.

Overview

Two different versions of the software exist to cater to the differing needs and budgets of users: Softimage and Softimage Advanced. Additionally, the Advanced version is available at an educational discount price for qualifying students, faculty, and institutions.

A further two versions of Softimage have been developed called Autodesk Face Robot and Autodesk Softimage Mod Tool. The latter version was developed for the game modding community to create games using the Microsoft XNA toolset for the PC and Xbox 360, or to create mods for games using Valve Software's Source game engine, Epic Games' Unreal Engine, and others.