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XSI Rocks!

category: gfx [glöplog]
I have been lately moving away from 3D studio max and now been using Softimage XSI for some 3 months. Conclusion: max is crap, XSI rocks! Modelling is very quick once you master the shortcut keys. Animation tracking feels easy. Node-based material editor is excellent... Everything can be grouped to hierarchy... etc. I can recommend to everyone (I guess many artists like it too)! Might take some weeks to get familiar but after that it's great.

Today's great discoverement, glsl realtime editing:

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Now basically most of the demo content can be made in one tool instead of hacking own run-time shader compilation systems etc :) \o/ This is the "demotool" I've been looking for.

(dunno if 3dsmax allows all this stuff, but it's not that user-friendly imho)
added on the 2008-11-16 15:45:16 by shadez shadez
shadez: i don't want to ruin your excitement, but you know that Autodesk (3ds Max, Maya) has just bought Softimage so the future of XSI may be compromised...
added on the 2008-11-16 16:08:11 by Zest Zest
I do know that, but didn't they say that developing xsi as individual product will continue as normally? Of course that might be bullshit...
added on the 2008-11-16 16:14:58 by shadez shadez
I have been using XSI for quite a while now and I must confirm - it's exceptional especially for realtime applications - integrated shader authoring, node-based manipulation of objects on the scene and very good API supporting emedding your own engine into XSI window (you can't do that in 3dsmax).

And I didn't know that Autodesk bought Softimage. Hope they don't turn XSI into 3dsMax or Maya. And what's next? Isn't that NewTek with Lightwave the only one left besides Autodesk? Well hope they don't buy them or we're gonna have a little nice monopoly on the market.
added on the 2008-11-16 16:25:30 by masterm masterm
Autodesk at first got Autocad... did they turn 3DS into Autocad.. not really no.
added on the 2008-11-16 18:01:38 by __ __
Autodesk bought Alias in 2006 (or was it 2005?) and they're still developing Maya separately so maybe there's still hope for XSI.
added on the 2008-11-16 18:06:43 by teel teel
Isn't that NewTek with Lightwave the only one left besides Autodesk?

Well, there is still cinema4d, which I happen to like and creepy stuff like blender.
added on the 2008-11-16 18:18:30 by tomaes tomaes
and there's always blender!!!! if you're a sadomasochist!
And the best thing: You can get XSI for only 2742,95€!

added on the 2008-11-16 18:31:11 by Joghurt Joghurt
Oh, and Blender isn't so bad once you get used to it.
added on the 2008-11-16 18:32:18 by Joghurt Joghurt
That's the problem. You never get used to it. Unless you're a masochist.
added on the 2008-11-16 18:35:46 by tomaes tomaes
I always used lightwave, tough i want to give XSI i try
and there's always blender!!!! if you're a sadomasochist!

GUI in blender is overrated, you can model a dodecahedron only with keyboard shortcuts :P
added on the 2008-11-16 19:43:32 by zeroshift zeroshift
Trying to find how to convert LWO (from LW9) to XSI, any suggestions? Google directs me mostly here: "http://www.xsibase.com/users/Lightwave to XSI Quickstart.pdf" but this does not exist anymore.
added on the 2012-12-08 00:30:26 by jack-3d jack-3d
Ultimately, however, I think what you need is a conversion tool like Deep Exploration.
added on the 2012-12-08 00:34:28 by Gargaj Gargaj
Thanks for tip Gargaj, tool looks promising ;o)
added on the 2012-12-08 03:14:31 by jack-3d jack-3d


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