NXN Software is shipping an upgrade to the NXN alienbrain plug-in for Softimage XSI 2.0, which gives new data and project management functionality to XSI users. Using XSI's NetView, users can access asset and workflow management features of alienbrain from a pop-up window in the XSI interface to access, edit, rollback and version control their scenes, textures and animations. The plug-in interface also lets you assign a status and due dates to files, and lock files from further changes once a file is approved for use.
In May, a new Reference Manager will be released that gives artists the ability to handle local and networked file collections, as well as import scenes, textures and animation files to an alienbrain database and create frequently-used asset folders.
The Softimage XSI integration comes standard with the latest Service Release of alienbrain 5.0.