2014

Thomson Course Technology Named Official Publisher for Softimage Leading Technology Book Publisher to Provide

Guides to Industry-leading Animation Software



    BOSTON, June 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Thomson Course Technology, the
 worldwide leader in computer education products and services and part of The
 Thomson Corporation (NYSE:   TOC; TSX: TOC), today announced it has been named
 the official publisher for Softimage Co., a subsidiary of Avid Technology,
 Inc., and an industry leader in 3-D content creation software.  Using the
 imprint Softimage Press, Thomson Course Technology is licensed to produce,
 publish, and distribute official book titles related to various Softimage(R)
 software products and their major revisions.  This alliance ensures accurate
 and timely delivery of learning resources for Softimage products.
     The first publication, Experience XSI 4: The Official SOFTIMAGE | XSI(R) 4
 Guide to Character Creation, is expected to launch on June 18, 2004.
 SOFTIMAGE|XSI software is the industry's first truly nonlinear animation (NLA)
 system that gives animators and digital artists the freedom to make
 professional animation, visual effects and games-from major motion pictures,
 to cartoons and commercials, to animated content for video games and Web
 sites.
     "This relationship exemplifies our increased focus on providing learning
 resources for the animation industry and animation professionals," said Andy
 Shafran, Senior Vice President of Thomson Course Technology.  "We support
 Softimage's strong market position and quality in their animation products and
 we are proud to begin working with them on our strategic publishing
 initiatives."
     "Softimage is committed to supporting the next generation of 3-D artists
 by partnering with the educational community on the creation of the learning
 tools and materials that will help develop tomorrow's creative professionals,"
 said Chris Albano, Director, Americas Sales Operations for Softimage.
 "Collaborating with Thomson Course Technology on the publication of the first
 official book for XSI 4 complements our efforts to make it even easier for
 students to learn and master SOFTIMAGE|XSI."
     Experience XSI 4: The Official SOFTIMAGE | XSI 4 Guide to Character
 Creation is a full-color guide that explains how to effectively use the XSI
 system to create compelling, lifelike characters. From designing and modeling
 to rendering and compositing, readers will learn groundbreaking new approaches
 to character and creature animation. Both authors, Michael Isner, the
 Character Animation Lead for Softimage and Aaron Sims, the Art Director of SW
 Digital, from the design division of Stan Winston Studio, offer expert
 industry knowledge that readers will find both compelling and original.
 Experience XSI 4: The Official SOFTIMAGE | XSI 4 Guide to Character Creation
 is available on www.courseptr.com today for pre-orders and is expected to be
 available in bookstores throughout the country by early July.
 
     - Experience XSI 4: The Official SOFTIMAGE | XSI 4 Guide to Character
       Creation
       ISBN: 1-59200-210-2, 288 pages, US$49.99/CAN$70.95
 
     About The Thomson Corporation and Thomson Course Technology
     The Thomson Corporation (http://www.thomson.com), with 2003 revenues of
 $7.6 billion, is a global leader in providing integrated information solutions
 to business and professional customers.  Thomson provides value-added
 information, software tools and applications to more than 20 million users in
 the fields of law, tax, accounting, financial services, higher education,
 reference information, corporate training and assessment, scientific research
 and healthcare.  With operational headquarters in Stamford, Conn., Thomson has
 approximately 39,000 employees and provides services in approximately 130
 countries.  The Corporation's common shares are listed on the New York and
 Toronto stock exchanges (NYSE:   TOC; TSX: TOC). Its learning businesses and
 brands serve the needs of individuals, learning institutions, corporations and
 government agencies with products and services for both traditional and
 distributed learning.
     As part of the Thomson Corporation, Thomson Course Technology
 (http://www.course.com) is the worldwide leader in computing education,
 offering more than 1,600 print and innovative technology-based products for
 business and technology training.
 
     About Softimage Co.
     Softimage Co., a subsidiary of Avid Technology, Inc., is an industry
 leader in 3D animation, 2D cel animation, compositing, and special effects
 software, designed to address the demands of the film and commercial/broadcast
 and games/interactive industries. SOFTIMAGE|XSI software, an integral player
 in Avid's Make, Manage and Move Media(TM) strategy, is the flagship product
 offering from Softimage. It is the industry's first 3D nonlinear production
 environment providing animators and digital artists the freedom to make
 professional animation, visual effects, and games -- from major motion
 pictures, to cartoons and commercials, to animated content for video games and
 Web sites. Softimage is proud to count amongst its customers: R!OT, The Mill,
 Pixel Liberation Front, Blue Sky Studios, Hybride,  Janimation, Quiet Man,
 PSYOP, Cinepix, and Framestore CFC. The Softimage product family is designed
 to help users innovate, create, and collaborate throughout the production
 process. For more information about Softimage, visit http://www.softimage.com.
 For more information about Avid, visit http://www.avid.com.
 
     Avid, SOFTIMAGE, XSI and Make, Manage and Move Media are either registered
 trademarks or trademarks of Avid Technology, Inc. in the United States and/or
 other countries.
 
 

SOURCE The Thomson Corporation

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