Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 Posted by Jim Thacker

Nevercenter ships Silo 2.3, adds new Linux version

Silo in action, in a video dating back to 2011. The lightweight 3D modelling package has just received its first update in over three years. The 2.3 release also brings the software to Linux for the first time.

Nevercenter has updated Silo, its well-liked lightweight 3D modeling software, for the first time in over three years. The 2.3 update, which is free to registered users, makes Silo available on Linux for the first time.

Back in business
First released in 2003, Silo built up a reputation as an efficient, focused subdivision surface modellling package before development stalled in recent years, with Nevercenter focusing on its newer iOS apps.

There aren’t a lot of new features in the 2.3 update – barring STL import, it’s all bugfixes, UI changes, and under-the-hood stuff – but it’s a welcome sign that Silo is still a live product.

New Linux and 64-bit OS X versions
The release also brings Silo to Linux for the first time. According to the release thread on CGTalk, not all distros will work, but Nevercenter has tested RHEL/CentOS 6, and recent versions of Fedora and Ubuntu.

The update also includes 64-bit support for Mac OS X.

So far, the old dedicated Silo forum, mothballed in 2012, hasn’t been reactivated, but Nevercenter is posting actively in the Silo forum on CGTalk.

Pricing and availability
Silo 2.3 is available now for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. The update is free to registered users; new licences currently cost $109.

Read more about Silo on Nevercenter’s website