By Martin Phelps
Autodesk regret to inform Softimage users that the upcoming 2015 release will be the last one for Softimage® software. This final version is expected to ship on or around April 14, 2014. Autodesk will continue to offer product support until April 30, 2016. Autodesk will also provide Softimage support services (including Hot Fixes and Service Packs) to all Softimage customers with Autodesk Subscription, at no cost, until April 30, 2016.
Autodesk understand that Softimage users will now need time to re-evaluate their production capabilities. To help with this, Autodesk are offering Autodesk Softimage Subscription customers special no-cost options to migrate to either Maya or 3ds Max software while continuing to use Softimage in production. These options will be available until February 1, 2016. Upgrade paths are also available for customers who are not on Subscription.
Although this decision is a difficult one, Autodesk believe that by focusing their development efforts, they can better serve the needs of the media and entertainment industry and provide customers with better products, faster. Autodesk wants to continue its relationship with the current Softimage users into the future. Autodesk regret any inconvenience that this may cause; however, they believe that current Softimage users will find the new transition product offerings very attractive.