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Issue Media Asset Category Title Vendor/Format OS Description
163
Xmas
2012
Renderer - External Plugin or Application
V-Ray for Softimage
V-Ray is a very welcome addition to Softimage, additing to its appeal as a great application for the smaller studio.
161
Nov
2012
Animation - Rigging
How can I automatically create separate weight maps for the left and right sides of a head?
157
Jul
2012
VFX - Volumetric Effects
Create dust cloud effects
This issue, Ola Madsen shows you how to reproduce a dust cloud effect in Softimage. Requires: Softimage Licensing:(more) Personal use

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151
Jan
2012
2D HDRI Creation, Management and/or Editing
How can I create an HDR environment map from a scene?
150
Xmas
2011
Modeling - Procedural or Script Generated
How can I create strands between two objects?
147
Oct
2011
Animation - Lights
How can I animate a wall of light bulbs in different patterns?
146
Sept
2011
Plugin
emRPC (version #4)
While the shading and blending modes are somewhat primitive, the quality and speed of emRPC is impressive.
145
Aug
2011
Plugin
Momentum (version #2)
In addition to its flexibility and consistency, the two features that single out Momentum are its speed and ease(more) of use.

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141
Apr
2011
Animation - Rigging
How do I rig an accordion lamp?
139
February
2011
Rendering - Multi-Pass Rendering
How do I use render channels?
138
Jan
2011
Modeling - Procedural or Script Generated
How can I use an image sequencer to control the blending of shapes?
138
Jan
2011
Plugin
SlipstreamVX
Exocortex brings its games technology to Softimage, delivering fast fluid simulations of impressive quality, says(more) Andy Moorer.

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137
Xmas
2010
Modeling - Procedural or Script Generated
How can I turbulise the position of a Locater with ICE kinematics?
136
Dec
2010
Animation - Rigging
Happy feet
Lionhead Studio's Mike Malinowski introduces his PoseBalls script for adding pivot points on any control in any(more) rig in an entirely non-destructive way.

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136
Dec
2010
Animation - Particles
How can I use particle sprites with ICE?
135
Nov
2010
Animation - Particles
Create a disintegration VFX Shot
This issue, Ola Madsen uses Softimage to construct a VFX shot of an object turning to dust. The disc includes(more) a screen-capture video showing the full workflow, as well as a sample animation, scene files and screenshots. For: Softimage 2011 Licensing: Personal use

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134
Oct
2010
Animation - Deformations
How can I set up a squash 'n' stretch rig for a ball?
133
Sept
2010
Animation - Particles
How can I make dimples appear as particles collide with a surface?
131
Jul
2010
Texturing - Procedural Texture Creation
How can I create a procedural texture for an orange?
129
May
2010
Animation - Constraints
Can I constrain an object to a surface and still move it?
128
Apr
2010
Animation - Scripting
Is there a way to display the current frame as a 3D text object?
127
Mar
2010
Texturing
How do I share a material across multiple objects, but use individual textures?
126
February
2010
Modeling - General
How can I offset points in my point cloud along their respective axes?
125
Jan
2010
Animation - Rigging
How do you set up stretchy bones for a cartoon arm rig?
123
Dec
2009
Animation - Constraints
How do you change the color of an object based on its distance from another object?
122
Nov
2009
Modeling - Character
Gnomon Workshop Video Clip from "Character Design and Modeling for Next-Gen Games with Vitaly Bulgarov"
This disc includes a 13-minute extract from 'Character Design and Modeling for Next-Gen Games' with Vitaly Bulgarov.(more) In the complete video, Vitaly walks you through his process for creating highly detailed organic-mech characters using Softimage, ZBrush and Photoshop. Vitaly explains his 2D/3D concept design process, then shows he creates clean meshes within Softimage, as well as the sculpting process in ZBrush. Licensing: Learning use only

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122
Nov
2009
Modeling - Skinning
Can you control the weights in a weight map with another object?
121
Oct
2009
Animation - Timeline, Keyframes and F-Curves
How do you assign particles to either use a goal or follow a curve?
120
Sept
2009
Animation - Character
Animate the Goblin King
This issue, Andy Brunton of leading UK games company Lionhead Studios, best known for its work on the Fable series(more) of titles, explains how to create better combat animations for games characters. You can find the scene files for the tutorial and animations of the finished combat moves on the disc. Download supporting video walkthroughs from the 3D World website. Licensing: Personal use

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120
Sept
2009
Plugin
Ozone (version #4)
Everything in e-on's software updated atmospheric plug-in is sky high: quality, stability and render times, says(more) Steve Jarratt

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Verdict (upgrade): 8/10

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119
Aug
2009
Rendering
Can the width of a render be expanded without disruption?
118
Jul
2009
Modeling - Procedural or Script Generated
Pipe Dreaming
his issue, The Mill's Andy Nicholas takes you through the construction of a pipe-making script for Softimage,(more) based on the technique he used in his work on a recent Barclaycard commercial. This disc includes the full script with comprehensive annotations, enabling you to apply its principles to your own scripts. There's also a sample scene file so you can see the script in operation.

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117
Jun
2009
Animation - Dynamics (Hard Body)
How do you fill a large volume with objects without them intersecting?
This issue's Questions and Answers section tackles topics including making a wet or slimy material in Blender,(more) how to get better displacement maps in 3ds Max, building an analog odometer in Carrara and adding automatic wrinkles to a bending arm in LightWave 3D. This disc includes scene files and full-size screenshots to help you follow any question. Visit the 3D World website to download video walkthroughs providing further assistance.

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116
May
2009
Book/DVD
Rendering with Softimage XSI: Volume 1 and Volume 2.
An artist-focused look at the different techniques available for realistic rendering using XSI. With Volume 1(more) DVD at 380 minutes and Volume 2 DVD at 244 minutes, it is an excellent resource if not a little lengthy.

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Author: i3DTutorials

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116
May
2009
Animation - Rigging
How do I rig a piston in a car engine?
115
Apr
2009
Animation - Constraints
Is it possible to limit the effect of a direction constraint to a single axis?
114
Mar
2009
Animation - Scripting
How can I animate drops of condensation on a bottle?
Digital Context artist Ola Madsen shows you how to animate water condensation on a bottle surface using XSI 7.0's(more) ICE visual programming system. All the scene files and screenshots required to follow the tutorial are on the CD, along with a 13 minute screen-capture video showing the full process.

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113
February
2009
VFX - Cloth Simulation
How do I animate a realistic cable?
112
Jan
2009
Texturing - Procedural Texture Creation
Is there a way to assign different textures on the same geometry instances in ICE?
112
Jan
2009
Book/DVD
Introduction to ICE in XSI 7
At 192 minutes, this DVD is a good buy for any artist who wants to understand the concept of the ICE framework.(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Author: Digital - Tutors

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111
Xmas
2008
Modeling - General
What's the best procedure to model the threads of a bottle?
111
Xmas
2008
Book/DVD
Mastering the Art of ICE. Volume 1: Breaking the ICE
At 333 minutes, this DVD is a clear-cut introduction to ICE particles and a decent alternative to the manual(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 7/10
Author: i3DTutorials

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110
Dec
2008
Animation - Scripting
How do you set-up a mechanical billboard animation
109
Nov
2008
Animation - Rigging
Rigged for the Road
Video walkthroughs of Andy Nicholas' magazine tutorial on rigging an off-road vehicle so that it can be animated(more) with realistic results. The scene files include a car model provided courtesy of 3d02 (www.3d02.com) - but licensed only for educational use.

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109
Nov
2008
Animation - Rigging
Rigged for the Road
For this issue's vehicle-themed tutorials, The Mill's Andy Nicholas guides you through rigging an off-road vehicle(more) so that it can be animated with realistic results. As well as his scene files on the CD, Andy contributes an XSI script written especially for this tutorial.

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109
Nov
2008
Texturing - Procedural Texture Creation
How do you create a procedural leather material?
109
Nov
2008
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Softimage: XSI (version #7)
Its ICE Visual porgramming platform is currently the talk of the 3D community, but can the latest version of XSI(more) possibly be as cool as Softimage claims?

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Value for money: 10/10
Range of features: 10/10

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108
Oct
2008
General - 3D
Digital-Tutors Softimage Training
On the DVD, you can find a self-contained presentation that includes training on XSI in film; broadcast design(more) with XSI; XSI for games; and XSI for VFX and TDs. The training lasts 7 hours in total, and was recorded specially for this DVD.

Author: Digital - Tutors

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108
Oct
2008
Animation - Rigging
How do you set-up facial controls for a character?
As part of this issue's set of walkthroughs themed around the human face, in his Lead Q&A, Ola Madsen explains(more) how to set up a basic facial animation rig. Starting with a cartoon-style head, Ola explains how to create blendshapes and set up a logical interface to control the way in which they are applied to the model by means of expressions. The result is a simple, easily controllable facial rig that you can use to keyframe your own facial animation.

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107
Sept
2008
Rendering
How do I set-up rendering really large images?
106
Aug
2008
VFX - Hair Simulation
Is it possible to color hair from procedural textures?
106
Aug
2008
Book/DVD
Character in Motion
An 11 hour training DVD that is a really useful intro to character set-up in Softimage: XSI 6.0+ that covers a(more) lot of ground in one product.

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Author: 3D Mastermind

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105
Jul
2008
Modeling - Textures and/or Materials
How do I create and X-ray material in Softimage: XSI?
104
Jun
2008
Texturing - Procedural Texture Creation
How can I add ambient occlusion to every object in a scene without replacing each material?
103
May
2008
Animation - Textures/Materials/Shaders
How do I animate a metal surface gradually shifting from shiny to frosty?
102
Apr
2008
Motion Graphics
How can I use XSI to create motion graphics?
This issue, Ola Madsen shows you how to create motion graphics in XSI, using a particle engine to transform one(more) object into a second

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101
Mar
2008
Animation - Particles
How can I animate an effervescent tablet in a glass of water?
100
February
2008
Plugin
Voice-O-Matic (XSI Ed.)
With this latest edition of this venerable lip-syncing plugin, tight integration with Softimage gives you more(more) control over the results than ever.

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Value for money: 9/10
Range of features: 8/10

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100
February
2008
Animation - Particles
How do I avoid having particles re-simulated every time I open a scene?
99
Jan
2008
Book/DVD
Interior Modeling Techniques with XSI
Clear, concise and professional: a gratifying, comprehensive look at interior modeling in XSI(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Author: Digital - Tutors

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99
Jan
2008
3D Scripting
Is there a way to replace a set of objects with a random mix of new objects?
98
Xmas
2007
Lighting
Is there a way to make a light only cast shadows?
97
Dec
2007
3D Game Creation
Softimage XSI 6 Mod Tool (version #6) (Learning E version)
Uses Softimage: XSI 6 modeling tools and 3D engine from the full version but provides a new interface created(more) to help artists discover game development needs. Licensed for non-commercial work only and limited to a per mesh export of 64,000 triangles.

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97
Dec
2007
Plugin
Ozone (version #3)
Add attractive photo-realistic skies directly inside any of 5 key 3D applications.(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 7/10
Value for money: 8/10
Range of features: 8/10

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97
Dec
2007
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Softimage XSI Essentials (version #6.5)
The features list is hardly worth a 0.5 upgrade but Softimage has realigned its product line so that XSI Hair(more) and Fur and Syflex Cloth have been moved from XSI Advanced to Essentials with this release.

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Value for money: 10/10
Range of features: 9/10

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97
Dec
2007
Rendering
How can I set-up custom depth passes?
97
Dec
2007
3D Game Creation
Clowing around with mods
Discover the art of modding by animating then exporting our custom prop character from XSI Mod Tool to Half Life(more) 2.

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96
Nov
2007
Animation - Rigging
How can I set up and rig Pixar-style eyes?
95
Oct
2007
Modeling - Hair
How do I create a dandelion spray?
94
Sept
2007
Animation - Motion Paths
How do I animate growing lianas?
93
Aug
2007
Modeling - General
Is there a way to model half an object and have the other half created for you?
93
Aug
2007
Illustration - General
Anatomy of a brief
Me Company's box art for Softimage: XSI 4.0 made other 3D packages look positively two-dimensional. This case(more) study traces the evolution of the design: from brief to award-winning product.

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92
Jul
2007
Modeling - General
How do I get the details right when modelling a bottlecap?
91
Jun
2007
Book/DVD
Introduction to XSI 6: Basics
This 7 hour 35 minute DVD is a solid port of call for animators wishing to come to grips with Softimage: XSI version(more) 6.

Verdict (new purchase): 7/10
Author: Digital - Tutors

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91
Jun
2007
Animation - Scripting
Is there a way to automate the process of animating falling dominoes?
90
May
2007
Animation - Particles
How can I create an exciting cartoon explosion?
89
Apr
2007
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Softimage: XSI (version #6)
Overall, a good and justified release, though several of the old "still missing features" have yet to(more) be addressed.

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Value for money: 8/10
Range of features: 7/10

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89
Apr
2007
VFX - Natural Phenomena
How can I create realistic grass?
88
Mar
2007
3D Painting
Is there a way to paint on the actual geometry in XSI?
87
February
2007
Animation - Textures/Materials/Shaders
How can I create the effect of someone leaving footprints in the snow?
86
Jan
2007
Book/DVD
Rendering Techniques in XSI
A clear-cut 156 minute introduction on how to set up an efficient workflow, though a bit pricey.(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 7/10
Author: Digital - Tutors

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86
Jan
2007
Modeling - General
How do I automatically add the details along the rail of a high resolution roller-coaster?
85
Xmas
2006
Animation - Deformations
How do you animate a watermellon getting sucked through a garden hose?
84
Dec
2006
VFX - Hair Simulation
How do I create Ice Age-like hairy characters in Softimage: XSI?
83
Nov
2006
Animation - Constraints
How do I animate the moving of a piston using two mechancal arms?
83
Nov
2006
3D Lighting
Ultimate Realism
Discover how to harness the powerful technique of final gathering to create a lighting set-up that mimics that(more) of a real photo studio.

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82
Oct
2006
Animation - Rigging
Is there a way to animate an animal's tail without using simulation?
81
Sept
2006
Animation - Dynamics (Hard Body)
How do I make a brick wall explode with bricks flying off in random directions?
80
Aug
2006
Animation - Constraints
Is there an easy way to automate the rotation of my submarine's propeller?
79
Jul
2006
Animation - Particles
How can I create flourescent blue afterburners for a spaceship?
78
Jun
2006
Book/DVD
Character Rigging in XSI
An enjoyable alternative to reading the manual. A nicely packaged DVD that runs over 2 hours and is of high quality.(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Author: Digital - Tutors

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78
Jun
2006
Book/DVD
Character Enveloping in XSI
An enjoyable alternative to reading the manual. A nicely packaged DVD that runs over 1 hour and is of high quality.(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Author: Digital - Tutors

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78
Jun
2006
3D Lighting
How do I set-up final gathering (FG) for photorealistic lighting?
77
May
2006
Plugin
Twixtor (version #4.5)
Allows you to speed up, slow down, do time warps or just change the frame rate of your image sequence.(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Value for money: 8/10
Range of features: 9/10

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77
May
2006
Animation - Timeline, Keyframes and F-Curves
How do I sync the animated vibration of a hi-fi speaker to its soundtrack?
76
Apr
2006
Animation - Scripting
Using the sript editor for batch rendering.
75
Mar
2006
VFX - Animation
How can animate a swirling string of fairy lights?
74
February
2006
Texturing
How do I achieve that electron microscope look?
73
Jan
2006
Plugin
SyFlex (version #3.5)
A cloth simulation plugin for Maya 6 (all platforms), Softimage XSI Essentials 4.2 (Window, Linux only) and Houdini(more) (Windows only)

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Value for money: 7/10
Range of features: 9/10

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73
Jan
2006
3D Modeling
How can I model realistic space rocks?
72
Xmas
2005
Animation - Timeline, Keyframes and F-Curves
Create a bullet time animation of a bowling alley
71
Dec
2005
VFX - Animation
Animating Steam from a cup of hot water
71
Dec
2005
Book/DVD
Getting Started with Scripting in Softimage: XSI
Introduces you to the possibilities of sripting in Softimage: XSI (11 hours of tutorials)(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 7/10

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70
Nov
2005
Modeling - Textures and/or Materials
Texturing Workflow in XSI
Covers the process of setting up a texturing workflow in Softimage: XSI exporting models to/from Bodypaint 3D(more) for detailed work.

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70
Nov
2005
Modeling - General
Creating a tire (or tyre).
70
Nov
2005
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Softimage: XSI (version #5)
Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Value for money: 9/10
Range of features: 8/10
69
Oct
2005
Animation - Scripting
Animate a set of gearwheels
68
Sept
2005
Animation - Dynamics (Hard Body)
How to set up a model car for realistic animation
68
Sept
2005
Book/DVD
Creature Design with Aaron Sims Vols 1&2
Creature creation in Softimage, Z-Brush, and Photoshop(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Author: Gnomon Workshop

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67
Aug
2005
3D Modeling
Model an American football
67
Aug
2005
Animation - General
Getting Started in Animation pt 4 (Softimage XSI)
66
Jul
2005
3D Modeling
Separating different deformations
66
Jul
2005
Animation - General
Getting Started in Animation pt 3 (Softimage XSI)
66
Jul
2005
Modeling - Character
All in the Eyes (Softimage XSI)
65
Jun
2005
Animation - General
Random motion animations
65
Jun
2005
Animation - General
Get Started in animation XSI 2
64
May
2005
3D Game Creation
Softimage: XSI Mod Tool (version #4.2) (Full version)
Educational edition of Softimage:XSI aimed at the games modding community.
64
May
2005
VFX - Natural Phenomena
Water droplets
64
May
2005
Animation - General
Get Started in Animation XSI 1
63
Apr
2005
Animation - Rigging
Rigging inanimate objects for animation
62
Mar
2005
Animation - Dynamics (Soft Body)
toothpaste from a tube
61
February
2005
Modeling - Character
Gingerbread Man
60
Jan
2005
3D Modeling
DNA molecule
60
Jan
2005
Book/DVD
XSI - Advanced Character Rigging DVD
Character rigging in Softimage:XSI 3.5(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Value for money: 9/10
Range of features: 10/10

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59
Xmas
2004
Texturing
Brushed metal
58
Dec
2004
3D Modeling
Umbrella
58
Dec
2004
Book/DVD
Experience XSI 4
Creating characters in Softimage: XSI(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Author: Aaron Sims, Michael Isner

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57
Nov
2004
Animation - General
Animating toy train
56
Oct
2004
Rendering
Cartoonish Look
56
Oct
2004
Book/DVD
Character Animation Vol1 for XSI 4
Crash course in the fundamentals of character animation in Softimage: XSI 4(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Value for money: 7/10
Range of features: 9/10

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55
Sept
2004
Rendering
Optimising rendering session
55
Sept
2004
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Softimage: XSI (version #4)
Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Value for money: 8/10
Range of features: 9/10
54
Aug
2004
3D Modeling
Modelling an American Football Helmet
53
Jul
2004
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Softimage: XSI (Full version)
Softimage: XSI Personal Learning Edition for Half-Life 2.
53
Jul
2004
Modeling - Character
3D Buzz
Create low-polygon games characters in Softimage
53
Jul
2004
Animation - General
Banana Peel
52
Jun
2004
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Softimage: XSI (Full version)
Softimage: XSI Personal Learning Edition for Half-Life 2.
52
Jun
2004
3D Modeling
Light Bulb
51
May
2004
Animation - General
Animating A Paper Bag
49
Mar
2004
3D Modeling
Modelling a Cartoon Fish
48
February
2004
Plugin
RealFlow (version #2) (Demo version)
48
February
2004
Plugin
RC Tools (Demo version)
48
February
2004
Plugin
RenderQ (Full version)
48
February
2004
Modeling - Landscapes
Creating A Forest
47
Jan
2004
3D Modeling
Modelling Fluffy Slippers
46
Xmas
2003
Animation - General
Pen Drawing On Paper
45
Dec
2003
3D Modeling
Digital Clock
44
Nov
2003
Animation - Character
Turning Page
43
Oct
2003
3D Modeling
Modelling Flowers
42
Sept
2003
Animation - Scripting
Automated Wheel Rotation
42
Sept
2003
Texturing
Getting Dirty in SoftImage: XSI
41
Aug
2003
Animation - Particles
Blood Cells for Animating
41
Aug
2003
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Softimage: XSI (version #3.5)
Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Value for money: 7/10
Range of features: 9/10
39
Jun
2003
Plugin
SyFlex (version #2)
37
Apr
2003
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Softimage: XSI EXP (version #3) (Full version)
37
Apr
2003
Animation - Rigging
3D Buzz
Various - Includes Part 2 of Lightwave character rigging tutorial.
36
Mar
2003
Rendering
Wispy Caustic Refractions
33
Xmas
2002
Animation - Particles
Attaching objects to particles
32
Dec
2002
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Softimage: XSI (version #3)
Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Value for money: 9/10
Range of features: 9/10
32
Dec
2002
Modeling - Character
Character rigging (XSI)
27
Jul
2002
Rendering
3D Buzz
Multiple Rendering passes
27
Jul
2002
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Softimage: 3D (version #4)
Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Value for money: 8/10
Range of features: 9/10
22
February
2002
Tool Tips
Softimage: XSI 2.0
19
Dec
2001
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Softimage: XSI (version #2)
Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
10
Mar
2001
Book/DVD
Softimage: XSI - Mastering Materials video
Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Author: Grubsrof Imagination Studios
9
February
2001
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Softimage: XSI (version #1.5)
Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
8
Jan
2001
Tool Tips
50 tips: XSI
3
Sept
2000
Plugin
Modelling Poly Kit (MetaMesh Extreme+)
Sub-patch modelling plugin for Softimage(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10

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3
Sept
2000
Plugin
RealFur
Hair rendering and dynamics plugin for Softimage: XSI(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 7/10

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1
Jul
2000
3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering
Softimage: XSI (version #1)
Verdict (new purchase): 9/10