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RIP Softimage

Autodesk announced last week that they are discontinuing development of Softimage, a 3D animation software. Support will continue until April 30, 2016. Autodesk is hosting a live Q&A webinar on Monday, March 17, 2014 at 12:00 EST. If you've watched any big-budget movie form the 90's (and many in the 00's) then you've seen the software at its highest. I didn't know it at the time, but artists using Softimage gave me a glimpse into a world that I wanted to make a career. From fxguide:

Softimage enjoyed a long and beloved history in CG and VFX production, beginning life as the Softimage Creative Environment and used by ILM in many of its early landmark productions. Microsoft acquired the company in 1994 and renamed the software Softimage|3D, before it changed hands to Avid in 1998 and then Autodesk in 2008. Many advancements in the software, which became known as SoftimageXSI, were made over time, perhaps most notably with ICE (Interactive Creative Environment).