Softimage has announced that version 1.5 of the company’s XSI 3D modelling, animation and rendering system will be released on December 29. The update is free to owners of XSI 1.0 with a maintenance contract, who will receive the 1.5 update in the first week of January. The 1.5 update adds a large group of extra features. These include a set of polygon modelling tools, support for sub-division surfaces, texture mapping features and the Net View tools, which aids collaborative working.