# Softimage XSI

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Hi everyone, I was looking at Softimage XSI Foundation, and then I saw that it was discontinued and the only other version that would be within my price range would be the academic version. Does anyone have the Softimage XSI Academic version? If so, how is it different from the full version? What are the limitations? Also, can it export to .x? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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The Academic version should have all of the features of XSI Essentials except that you can not produce commercial works with it. That being said, why don't you just use XSI Mod Tool, which is free (assuming you're a hobbiest or student and not expecting to perform commercial work with it).

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Yes, I'm a hobbiest, and a student.

Does the Mod tool export to .x? If not, is there a way to do it? Would exporting it to a different file type, and importing it into another program, like Blender, that exports to .x, and then exporting it as a .x work?

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Yes, it does.

If you'd have googled "XSI Mod Tool supported formats" or looked on the XSI website you'd see this. I don't mean to be a douche or anything, but put at least a minute or two of effort into finding information before posting up here about it. Heck, if you had even actually read the Softimage website you could have answered your own original question.

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I'm sorry, I did look at the Softimage website, but I must have looked in the wrong areas, because I didn't see anything about the mod tool and .x files.

Also, last night I googled something like "exporting to .x using Softimage XSI mod tool" (I look at the mod tool a little bit last night), and none of the pages I looked at had anything useful.

So I'm sorry, but I did look but I didn't find anything, that's why I asked.

Edit - The reason I asked my original question was because I wanted verify these limitations with someone who owned the software. It's not that I don't trust Softimage, it's just that I wanted information from more than one source, even if the one source was the company that designed the software.

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I'm sorry if I sound defensive, I'm not meaning to.

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Ryan, I wouldn't bother using free or cheap limited tools if I couldn't afford, or never intended to own the 'real' version of these programs. It's like a trap. What good is learning to use a program that you can never really get anything out of?

trueSpace 7.6 is capable and free.
DeleD Lite is free and is well suited towards environments.

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