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SoftImage

Posted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 1:23 pm
by uunix
After I had cleaned up my systems, I decide to put some software back on. The last few days it's been Softimage. I'd always liked Softimage, I'm unsure how it stood against Maya, was it better or worse? Who knew? But I had experience with maya, so sort of knew some basics. Softimage though is alien to me. I can't even make a polygon, but it does look cool, even the versions I have.

After completing the install and getting things nice, I thought, I know what I need, a simplistic basic, dumb ass starter guide. Not like the one referenced on this site, that seemed rather fast and furious for myself.

Rather than just ask on here I googled and found not what I was looking for, BUT that some shit is going down (or went down last year).

I may be somewhat late.. but..

Softimage is no longer being sold or supported and you are encouraged to move to 3DS or Maya.. (did I miss a massive thread on here)?

I could download a free version if I were a student.. I am .. so I did, a Linux version.. 2015 version, yet to install it on my parents PC (see some other bizarre ranting thread of mine).

I still don't know how to use the fscking thing!

So, anyone know of any really basic Softimage guides?

Re: SoftImage

Posted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 1:31 pm
by robespierre
I linked a 1hr video in this thread:
viewtopic.php?f=10&t=16730776#p7390837

Maybe it misses some of the most basic things like how the displayports and the mouse works.

Re: SoftImage

Posted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 1:38 pm
by uunix
robespierre wrote:I linked a 1hr video in this thread:
viewtopic.php?f=10&t=16730776#p7390837

Maybe it misses some of the most basic things like how the displayports and the mouse works.

Hey Robespierre, this is the one I found on here before. Just not basic enough for a dumb ass like myself.

Years ago I purchased a book on Maya, many of you may have it (I know one ex-forum member had it), can't recall the name, but it had a walk through on how to create a rocket that launched into space and fell back down to the ground. I learnt so much from that chapter alone, and that's the sort of thing I am after.

Re: SoftImage

Posted: Sat Jan 07, 2017 12:45 am
by foetz
first of all you'd have to tell us which softimage you wanna use: the classic one called "3D" or the second generation one called "XSI"?
the one you got from autodesk is XSI, they just ditched the 3 letters some years ago

Re: SoftImage

Posted: Sat Jan 07, 2017 1:46 am
by uunix
foetz wrote:first of all you'd have to tell us which softimage you wanna use: the classic one called "3D" or the second generation one called "XSI"?
the one you got from autodesk is XSI, they just ditched the 3 letters some years ago

I'd like to use the 3D version that's on the SGI, it's version 4.0.

Re: SoftImage

Posted: Sat Jan 07, 2017 3:35 am
by SiliconClassics
There's an Anthony Rossano book called "Inside Softimage 3D" that was published by New Riders in 1998 - it's probably the best introduction to Soft|3D outside of the original manuals, and it's fun to skim because it's filled with full-color illustrations. You can buy it on eBay for $5.

Re: SoftImage

Posted: Sat Jan 07, 2017 4:05 am
by uunix
SiliconClassics wrote:There's an Anthony Rossano book called "Inside Softimage 3D" that was published by New Riders in 1998 - it's probably the best introduction to Soft|3D outside of the original manuals, and it's fun to skim because it's filled with full-color illustrations. You can buy it on eBay for $5.

I think I have this book already, bought it years ago, never read it, and now can't find it, but I know I have it.
Did though go to amazon.. £155 :shock:
Then googled, found a link to Amazon for £4 :? What gives?

Anyway, I'll find the book if you think it's a good read.

[Edit] Found this site also http://www.edharriss.com/tutorials/tutorials_model_3d.html

Re: SoftImage

Posted: Sat Jan 07, 2017 3:01 pm
by vishnu
uunix wrote:
SiliconClassics wrote:There's an Anthony Rossano book called "Inside Softimage 3D" that was published by New Riders in 1998 - it's probably the best introduction to Soft|3D outside of the original manuals, and it's fun to skim because it's filled with full-color illustrations. You can buy it on eBay for $5.

I think I have this book already, bought it years ago, never read it, and now can't find it, but I know I have it.
Did though go to amazon.. £155 :shock:
Then googled, found a link to Amazon for £4 :? What gives?

Anyway, I'll find the book if you think it's a good read.

[Edit] Found this site also http://www.edharriss.com/tutorials/tutorials_model_3d.html

Wow, if you look out at the front page of his site he's got 200-plus XSI tutorials linked... :shock:

Re: SoftImage

Posted: Sat Jan 07, 2017 7:01 pm
by foetz
uunix wrote:I'll find the book if you think it's a good read.

it definitely is. it is the softimage book

Re: SoftImage

Posted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 7:30 am
by uunix
foetz wrote:
uunix wrote:I'll find the book if you think it's a good read.

it definitely is. it is the softimage book


Found :D Knew I had it.

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Re: SoftImage

Posted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 8:35 am
by foetz
yup that's the one. happy softing :P

Re: SoftImage

Posted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 7:13 am
by fox541
I Have this book ,too,chinese version.

Re: SoftImage

Posted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 12:07 pm
by devv
I bought this book just recently.
The author (Anthony Rossano) created a masterpiece, this book is a material to read for any person who wants to see what a professional book should look like, regardless of topic covered in it.