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Aug 6, 2014 Review of The Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite Ultimate 2015

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Review of The Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite Ultimate 2015

Brad Clark and the Animation World Network recently did an honest, in depth review of the Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite Ultimate 2015. The review gives you a good insight into the improvements in the software as well as any shortcomings. Give it a read and let us know if you agree in the comments.

From the Review:

Rest in peace Softimage

Technically there is a 2015 version with updates, but this will be the last version of Softimage. As were many of you, I was shocked and saddened by the announcement that Softimage had reached end-of-life and was being discontinued. Looking to the bright side, I felt that maybe it was going to be a good thing and the fresh eyes looking over Maya and 3dsMax would bring some innovation to these somewhat old cranky workhorses. Time will tell, and until then we should focus on the 2015 release of the suite and welcome our Softimage users to the mix.

Last year during my review I mentioned that I was feeling studios might not be getting maximum benefit from the suite and missing out on tools that were better in one package than another. The old thinking that you’d Model in Max, Rig and Animate in Maya (the Softimage guys just laughed and went back to doing it all in one software) is now ready to be flipped around. With Maya 2015 once again getting a big modeling and simulation upgrade and with Max’s much improved UI love for big scene management and even faster viewport speed, in addition to adding python support, things are looking up for both camps.

After getting the suite installed, there were already a few service patches available and thankfully they installed right over the existing software…no need to waste time uninstalling the freshly installed software first.

Since Softimage is done, I didn’t install it. Sad yes, but in the past 10 years as much as I wanted to invest deeper time in it, no client ever asked and my time goes where the work is. So this will not include a review of Softimage. It is time to move forward. R.I.P Softimage.

I did install 3dsMax, Maya and MotionBuilder and will review the improvements and failings of this release. For those new to my reviews, I feel most of you can read the “what’s new” documents yourself and watch the nice updated movies but you come here to learn something that wasn’t included in the press release and that is what I aim for. I focus on my areas of interest and experience – character rigging, motion capture and overall workflow efficiency.

Read the Full Review Here

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Mar 6, 2014 V-Ray for Softimage Announcement and Crossgrades

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V-Ray for Softimage Announcement  and Crossgrades

Chaos Group notification on the Future of V-Ray for Softimage.

Hello from Chaos Group,

In case you haven’t heard, Softimage is going to be retired after the release of Softimage 2015 this coming May. We will continue to support V-Ray for Softimage artists and we’re working on a Service Pack release to ensure compatibility with Softimage 2015.

We understand that changing software packages is a difficult decision. To hopefully make things easier for you, all V-Ray for Softimage licenses purchased until March 6th, 2014 will qualify for a free crossgrade to V-Ray 3.0 for 3ds Max or V-Ray 3.0 for Maya, once it ships.

Users who crossgrade a V-Ray for Softimage license will receive 1 V-Ray 3.0 Workstation license and 5 Render Node licenses. Moreover, you will be able to use V-Ray for Softimage concurrently with V-Ray 3.0 for 3ds Max or V-Ray 3.0 for Maya for six months after the crossgrade.

For more details, feel free to contact your local reseller vray.sales@motionmedia.com

Thank you for using V-Ray.

The V-Ray for Softimage Team
Chaos Group

Mar 5, 2014 Your Autodesk Softimage Questions Answered

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Your Autodesk Softimage Questions Answered

You may or may not have heard, but Autodesk is releasing it’s last version of Softimage next month, and will only continue to support current customers through April of 2016. After that, Softimage is no more.

So, what is a Softimage user to do you ask? Well, there are a number of options, including transitioning to Maya or 3ds Max. Customers with an active Autodesk Softimage Subscription contract can migrate to the latest release of either Maya or 3ds Max, at no additional cost.

From Autodesk:

We regret to inform you that the upcoming 2015 release will be the last one for Softimage® software. This final version is expected to ship on or around April 14, 2014. Autodesk will continue to offer product support until April 30, 2016. We will also provide Softimage support services (including Hot Fixes and Service Packs) to all Softimage customers with Autodesk Subscription, at no cost, until April 30, 2016.

We understand that you will now need time to re-evaluate your production capabilities. To help you, we are offering Autodesk Softimage Subscription customers special no-cost options to migrate to either Maya or 3ds Max software while continuing to use Softimage in production. These options will be available until February 1, 2016. Upgrade paths are also available for customers who are not on Subscription.

Although this decision is a difficult one, we do believe that by focusing our development efforts, we can better serve the needs of the media and entertainment industry and provide customers with better products, faster. Autodesk wants to continue its relationship with you into the future. We regret any inconvenience that this may cause; however, we believe that you will find our new transition product offerings very attractive.

So, understandably you have questions about what is going to happen moving forward, and we have some of the answers.  Hit “Continue Reading” below to see the answers.

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Jul 22, 2013 Autodesk Softimage 2014 Service Pack 2

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Autodesk Softimage 2014 Service Pack 2

Service Pack 2 for Softimage 2014 is available.

Download the update from the Autodesk Softimage 2014 support section here.
Softimage 2014 SP2 is a full product installation and can co-exist with an earlier version of Softimage. An earlier version of Softimage is not required to be uninstalled first.
*Note: You may need to recompile your plugins, if they were compiled using Softimage versions prior to 2014 SP2.

Softimage 2014 Service Pack 2 Readme.

Mar 1, 2013 3ds Max, Maya and Softimage Technology Previews

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3ds Max, Maya and Softimage Technology Previews

Autodesk  has posted sneak peek videos of possible new features coming to 3ds Max, Maya, and Softimage 2014.

These videos are a technology preview. Autodesk wishes to caution you that these previews reflect technology research, and that actual events or results could differ materially from the preview. Also, these previews are not intended to be a promise or guarantee of future delivery of products, services or features but merely reflect technology research, which may change. Purchasing decisions should not be made based upon reliance on this preview. Autodesk does not assume any obligation to update any statements we make to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date of this technology preview.

 

 

Jan 21, 2013 Autodesk MotionBuilder 2013 Service Pack 2 Now Available for Download

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Autodesk MotionBuilder 2013 Service Pack 2 Now Available for Download

Autodesk MotionBuilder 2013 software service pack 2 (SP2) is now available.
SP2 includes several important fixes. For more information and the complete list of fixes included in this service pack, please refer to the Readme on the Autodesk MotionBuilder support page.

Note:
You must have Autodesk MotionBuilder 2013 or 2013 SP1 installed in order to install this service pack.
You can download the update from the Autodesk MotionBuilder support page.

Oct 15, 2012 Autodesk MotionBuilder 2013 Service Pack 1

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Autodesk MotionBuilder 2013 Service Pack 1

Autodesk MotionBuilder 2013 Service Pack 1 is available.

Please refer to the Readme for more information on important bug fixes.

You can download the update and readme from the Autodesk support page: MotionBuilder 2013 Service Pack 1.

Jul 17, 2012 Autodesk Composite 2013 Service Pack 1

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Autodesk Composite 2013 Service Pack 1

This release applies to the following products:
•  Autodesk ® Maya ® 2013
•  Autodesk ® 3ds Max ® 2013 / 3ds Max ® Design 2013
•  Autodesk ® Softimage ®2013

Issues addressed:

  • Overlay mode in Reaction renders incorrectly
  • Color Chooser does not show correct luminance values for over bright pixels
  • Save directory not respected
  • Fix File Browser scaling issues
  • “Hard light” mode in Reaction tool causes incorrect render
  • Gamma conversion on render output doesn’t work

You can download Composite 2013 SP1 (readme)

Mar 27, 2012 Autodesk Softimage 2013 Announced!

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Autodesk Softimage 2013 Announced!

Autodesk® Softimage® 2013 software delivers powerful new creative toolsets, a new high-fidelity interactive environment, and extended customizability, helping artists and Technical Directors get more from the product.

Artists will enjoy greater creative freedom across the board: from the completely new CrowdFX simulation feature set; to a new high-quality viewport; to enhanced modeling, animation, physics, and selection tools. In addition, better interoperability with Autodesk® Maya® 2013 software and
Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2013 software; and extensions to the SDK (software development kit) help facilitate integration into existing pipelines.

Top Features and Benefits

CrowdFX
Artists can now create sophisticated crowd simulations in a dedicated environment within Softimage. Using the power of the ICE (Interactive Creative Environment) multi-threaded particle system, artists can create massively complex effects with huge numbers of characters that react intelligently to their environment and each other. CrowdFX simulations can be easily exported to Maya 2013 for integration into existing Maya scenes.

High-Quality Viewport
A new High-Quality Viewport enables artists to refine their content more efficiently, by reducing the need to frequently preview using a software renderer. With the ability to evaluate their work interactively in an environment that closely mimics the rendered output, artists can make better creative decisions in less time.

Rigging and Animation Improvements
A large number of enhancements to the animation and rigging toolset help improve overall productivity for everyday animation workflows. The Animation Mixer, GATOR, the Dopesheet, the f- curve Editor, the Synoptic Editor, and Primitive Bones have all received attention. Among the list of enhancements are: the ability to easily retime f-curves with a new manipulator; support for Python™ scripting language in the Synoptic Editor; an option to add non-normalized weights when painting; the ability to include Animation Layers when creating clips; and a visual cue when Autokey is turned on.

New Modeling Tools
A number of new tools extend the renowned Softimage polygon modeling toolset. Built on the ICE Modeling framework introduced in Softimage 2012, the additions offer new options for thickness, hole capping, edge cutting, and extrusion. In addition, the interactive toolset gains an intuitive new Add Smooth Edge Loop tool, built on the new Softimage 2012 Tool SDK; with this tool, the contoured shape of the object is maintained when adding edge loops, meaning no extra work is required to make the mesh smooth or to keep the object’s continuity.

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Feb 20, 2012 V-Ray for Softimage Now Available!

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V-Ray for Softimage Now Available!

Chaos Group announces V-Ray for Softimage, the newest addition to its suite of innovative rendering solutions.

Built on V-Ray’s core platform of rendering speed, stability, and quality, V-Ray® for Autodesk® Softimage® is an advanced rendering solution for the VFX and animation industries. V-Ray for Softimage includes ICE support, efficient Global Illumination, versatile shaders, and much more.

V-Ray for Softimage additional information and Demo download.

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