That's great, you're here "helping" people with their compound!
I've read that you're the main "ice modelling developer" is that right?
I have a couple of question and suggestion, i hope you don't mind ( really big OT here, mods!)
The whole ice / compound idea,as it was in the first iteration was very community - user generated tools - related; and it could have it worked a lot to let the user develop for other people, and make xsi grow by itself.
The " upload to sofimage " idea was simply genius, and i can't really understand why, they rip it away....
All the compounds, soon get lost in the cloud, and that's a fact.
A central site, to upload / download, compounds and revision, would be so great, for people like me, that can't really "code in ice" and would multiply the value of xsi as multipurpose tool.
The second thing a would like to ask is why, there is so little support to the new ice nodes.
Just 5 scenes.
Just the videos you made ( they're not official by Softimage i suppose ) no real tutorial.
So little default compounds given to the user to understand what's going on.
That's the big mistake you're making: too much potential but so scarce support.
I so easy for some of you, to code new tools in ice, why dont' you just integrate them in the software? Even without a proper documentation, they would be better then nothing; and olso these user compound, would be very usefull, as a full integrated tool by default, or not?
The ice idea, turned softimage from an animation/modelling station, to a special effect / phisic simulator; no real love was put in the modelling tools, animation mixer ( are them perfect to you ? ) or fx tree in the last 3 years.
But it would be so easy for you and 2 or 3 other people like heldge, to boost the modelling set in less then a year.
I hoped even to see a lot of user modelling plugin ( a lot of witch are not working any more..) converted and integrated in xsi: i think you can make a better taper or thinkness tool in a second, with your skill.. maybe even a cap tool.... witch i'm waiting as a basic tool in xsi for 10 years now....
Xsibase is dying. The people who used to run it, they're lost interest, as life goes on. si-community is an answer to that, but the community is too litlle to be so splitted. We need a modo-like, support site.
The central compound uploda/download
The info about the tecnology is going to come in the future
It cant' be don in the area, you know that.
Moderator edit: As this truly is a really big OT,
I will try to follow this & move your post and the following ones
to their own thread if the situation warrants this... - HB