What's New in the Softimage 2012 Subscription Advantage Pack?

Zoom on Cursor

The Zoom on Cursor preference now affects all navigation tools in all views that support zooming. There is a separate Zoom on Cursor preference for zooming with the mouse wheel. See Camera Preferences.

Scene Elements

Annotation Objects

An annotation object is a text balloon that can be used to communicate messages to colleagues who are working on the same scenes and models. Annotation objects can be selected, transformed, and parented like any other 3D object in the scene, so the balloon can point at specific elements in the viewport. See Annotation Object.


There have been several improvements for component selection:

  • You can Shift+double-click to select loops and ranges (Quick Loop). The Alt key workflow is still supported. See Selecting Ranges and Loops of Components.

  • You can double-click on a polygon to select a polygon island. Press Shift to add to the selection, Ctrl to toggle, and Ctrl+Shift to deselect. Note that Shift+double-clicking is also used to select ranges and loops. If a range or loop selection is possible in the circumstance, it will take precedence.

  • There are new commands on the Select Select Loops menu. See Modifying Range and Loop Selections.

    • Loops From Selection extends the selection as far as possible in both directions. For border edges, it extends across junctions where three edges meet but stops at any other junction.
    • Loops From Selection (around corners) is similar to Loops From Selection, but in the case of border edges it selects the entire border.
    • Grow Loops extends the selection by one component in both directions if possible.
    • Shrink Loops reduces the selection by one component in both directions, until only one component remains. If a closed loop is completely selected, then an arbitrary component is deselected.

  • Select Select Polygon Outline selects the edges on the outline of the selected polygons. See Selecting Polygon Outlines.

  • Select Island From Selection selects all components in the same island as the current selection. See Converting Selections to Islands.

  • Using the Rectangle tool and clicking without dragging selects the closest element. This was always the case for objects, but now it works for components as well. You must click and drag to select all elements under the pointer.

  • You can access the Selection Preferences from the Select menu. In addition, the Surround Edges, Surround Polygons, and Raycast in Shaded Mode options are all available as toggles directly on the menu.

  • The Include Backfacing Polygons preference is on by default.


The Show Snap Targets preference toggles the display of points and other targets for snapping. See Snapping Preferences.


The FBX plug-in for Softimage uses version 2012.2 if the FBXSDK.

Polygon Modeling

Extrude Along Normal

The Extrude Normal operator extrudes, duplicates, and insets components while retaining proper mitering at corners. See Copying Components Along Their Normals.

Apply Thickness

The Apply Thickness compound solidifies polygon mesh objects by adding thickness, similar to the Shell modifier in 3ds Max. See Apply Thickness.


Spin Edges

Modify Poly. Mesh Spin Edges "rotates" edges by cycling their endpoints around the vertices of their two adjacent polygons. See SpinEdge Op.


Preserve Mesh Curvature


Original object

Curvature Continuity = 1.0

Curvature Continuity = 0.0

Apply Slice Between Two Vertices

The Apply Slice Between Two Vertices compound adds a range of edges intersecting all other edges between two points on a polygon mesh. See Apply Slice Between Two Vertices.


Cap Hole

The Cap Hole compound fills a hole in a polygon mesh. See Cap Hole.


Character Animation

New Models

There are some new faces on the block! New polygon mesh character envelopes with predefined UVs are available in the Get Primitive Model menu: Mesh - Bull, Car, Fish, Horse, Lizard, Male, and T.rex.


There is a new option in the Brush Properties to turn off normalization when painting weights. It is also linked to the existing Normalize option in the weight paint panel. You can temporarily turn this off to remove some weight from an existing deformer in order to add weight for a new one.

ICE Basics


  • You can define layouts groups for exposed input ports using the interface. See Grouping Ports in the Layout.
  • You can define callbacks that get executed automatically when users open and interact with the compound's property page. See PPG Logic.
  • Randomize Around Value now works properly with non-scalar values and arrays.


You can now set data on the EdgeCrease attribute.

ICE Simulation

Bullet Physics for ICE Rigid Bodies

The Bullet physics engine (v2.78) has been integrated into ICE as the Simulate Bullet Rigid Bodies node.

This node is similar to the existing Simulate Rigid Bodies node (which uses the PhysX dynamics engine) except for the following:

ICE Modeling


Sample Scenes

There are additional sample scenes with simple examples of ICE modeling in the XSI_SAMPLES\ICE directory:

  • Modeling_Building_Grids
  • Modeling_Materials
  • Modeling_Texture_Projection
  • Modeling_Cylinder
  • Modeling_Simple_Copy_Merge


The transform port (Texture SRT parameter) of the Edit UV shader can now be driven by connections in the render tree.