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
"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
"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
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
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
SOURCE The Thomson Corporation