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I posted this at the For Beginners forum by mistake, but I should have checked to see if there was a forum for Game Design also. Sorry bout that. But my question is, is the XSI foundation version that is priced at less than $1000 its own modeling program? Or is it just a plug-in or mod for another modeling program like 3DS Max or something? I was reading something on one of the sites that said something like, Switch from 3DS Max to XSI for $700 some dollars. What exactly does that mean? So could I just buy XSI Foundation and do everything from that, or do I have to own 3DS Max to use it? I appreciate any help.

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Softimage XSI is a full DCC application. You do not need 3DSMax to run it. What you are talking about is probably just a promotion on Softimage's part to attract content creators to switch to XSI (I presume its from 3DSMax to XSI Essentials). More information about XSI Foundation here.

There are three grades of XSI, by the way: Foundation, Essentials, and Advanced, going from least feature-rich to most feature-rich. All three grades are full applications. There's also XSI Mod Tool, which I think is just XSI EXP renamed. It should be Softimage's free offering of their content creation application.

Since you don't know too much about XSI, I suggest you download the evaluation version here and see for yourself if you like it.

Regards,
jflanglois

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