12:35pm PT by Carolyn Giardina
Autodesk Will Discontinue Softimage Software
Citing the "challenging time" for the visual effects industry, leading CG software developer Autodesk on Tuesday confirmed that it is ceasing development of its Softimage CG software.
Its upcoming "Softimage 2015" version will be the last new release; a transition plan is designed to move customers to its Maya or 3ds Max CG software.
Autodesk Media & Entertainment's marketing manager Maurice Patel said the company had to make a "tough decision" and will instead "devote more resources to fewer products." He added that R&D would increase on its two more widely used 3D CG software systems, Maya and Max.
Autodesk acquired Softimage, which competed with its Max and Maya products, from Avid Technology for approximately $35 million in late 2008. However, Autodesk continued to develop all three software products for their respective user bases.
The company now plans to offer Max or Maya to current Softimage subscription customers as part of its transition plan. The company is also restructuring its packages. Autodesk said it would continue to support Softimage for two more years, though there would be no more feature development.