Category Archive for 'Tools'

If the only thing you want to do is download some files to make your life in XSI easier, you”ve come to the right place. This is basically a compilation of articles and posts that have some downloadable toys.

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ICE Kinematics

September 3rd, 2008 by Patrick Boucher. Viewed 12900 times.

Quite a few people have been asking how the unsupported feature of ICE Kinematics can be enabled in XSI. The video below will give you a rundown on how to activate the feature within the context of a really simple example of getting a ball to float and bounce around on the top of a [...]

Proxy Select And Anticipating A User’s Needs

June 8th, 2008 by Patrick Boucher. Viewed 14037 times.

Two weeks ago Bryan Blevins, CG Supervisor at Wild Canary, asked a question on the Softimage|Net community about the possibility of doing proxy selects. You all remember the idea of a proxy parameter where editing a parameter in a custom PPG (lets call this one the source) will in fact be changing another elsewhere in [...]

Points of Light

June 5th, 2007 by Vladimir Jankijevic. Viewed 22790 times.

Some time ago, I stumbled across the MapVIZ node in Maya and was surprised, that Softimage didn’t implement something like this in our beloved software package, XSI. Well, last weekend I decided to code it myself. The first step to take, was to decipher the the file structure of the FG and Photon maps. Since [...]

Colorspaces in XSI

January 6th, 2007 by Harry Bardak. Viewed 96759 times.

The graphics pipeline from source art to final output is complicated, and requires the artist to work in several different colour spaces along the way. In this article I”ll give a brief overview of colour spaces, and then detail a commonly overlooked area in the texture pipeline where gamma is important.

Controlling XSI remotely using sockets

December 31st, 2006 by Kim Aldis. Viewed 15537 times.

A short Python socket server script for remotely communicating with XSI using Telnet