Sat 9th Nov 2002 | News
Graphics giants Nvidia and Softimage have jointly announced that SOFTIMAGE|XSI 3.0 is the industry's first 3D application that takes advantage of Nvidia's Cg -- the high-level graphics programming language for creating stunning realtime shader effects.
Because Cg is able to work seamlessly with XSI, users can drag and drop shader nodes or material presets from NetView directly into their scene's Render Tree window, and use the same interface they're familiar with to fine tune their shaders. Cg defines a standard high-level language shader format allowing programmers and artists around the world to use Cg-based shaders directly from the Web in the SOFTIMAGE|XSI environment. Most importantly, this technology allows users of the SOFTIMAGE|XSI software to visualize content from within the application as it will appear as a final rendering in a game or other 3-D application.