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Autodesk to discontinue Softimage?

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 | Posted by Jim Thacker

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Autodesk intends to “retire” Softimage over the next two years, if the text of a now-removed announcement posted on a UK reseller’s website proves to be accurate.

According to the page on Jigsaw24‘s site – presumably published accidentally, but currently still accessible via the Google cache – next year’s release of Softimage will be the last one.

Product support will be provided until April 2016, and service packs until 30 April 2016.

Migrate to Max or Maya
The official advice for Softimage users – or Jigsaw24’s take on it – seems to be ‘jump ship before it sinks’.

Anyone with a current subscription will be able to migrate to a bundle package of Softimage plus either 3ds Max or Maya when the 2015 product releases ship later this year.

According to Jigsaw, Autodesk intends to “start adding Softimage’s functionality into the Entertainment Creation Suites” – presumably making it a legacy component in the same way that Toxik became Autodesk Composite.

We’ve contacted Autodesk for an official confirmation or denial, and we’ll update when we hear back. For the minute, we’ve attached a full screenshot of Jigsaw24’s original webpage below.

Updated: Autodesk has confirmed that the upcoming 2015 release of Softimage will be the last, and has posted an FAQs document about the news on its website.

We attended the company’s online press conference earlier today, and will post a more detailed story later on.

Updated 10 March: Autodesk is now to provide customers on subscription contracts with access to Softimage “indefinitely”, even after support is discontinued in 2016. You can find full details here.

Jigsaw24’s original announcement (retrieved from Google cache on 4 March)

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  • True_Chris

    Irony in that above “Autodesk denies intent to kill off 3ds Max, Softimage” link

  • Rendertwit

    They are essentially saying: “We will give you a free version of software you chose NOT to use and don’t want to use, while we take away the software you chose to use, and do want to use.”. I have given many, many years of my life to Autodesk products. I co-authored a book that brought a lot of people to Maya (unfortunately). I can’t believe how much time I have now wasted, with this being the outcome. Words are failing me now to accurately describe how I feel about this.

  • Steve Green

    MOVING TO BLENDER!!! Fu*% AUTODESK!

  • miss

    okay…. thanks xforce?

  • Sadjad

    Autodesk really sucks these days, they just make new versions for their products each year but no such updates and no creativity. it looks they just HAVE to product a newer version each year for each product and make lots of cost to buy newer plugins which dosnt work anymore. just look how creative other companies behave : pixologic, foundry, side effects,.. and they really bring you new features which blow my mind by each update, but autodesk just sucks ! Now I feel wasted my time with autodesk products and I think in the future if they go this way they will loose their clients, I can’t trust autodesk any more ! moving to Houdini as well !

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