Nevercenter releases Silo 2024.0
Nevercenter has released Silo 2024, the latest version of its lightweight 3D modelling software.
The Silo 2024.0 update adds File Instance, a new system for referencing external files within a Silo project, making it easier to manage update to complex models.
At the time of writing, Milo, the software’s accompanying Unreal Engine-based real-time renderer, hasn’t been updated to version 2024.
A lightweight sub-D modeller and accompanying real-time renderer
First released in 2003, Silo built up a reputation as an efficient, focused modelling package.
It has a streamlined set of polygonal and subdivision surface modelling tools, a topology brush for drawing new topology over a reference object, and interactive real-time UV unwrapping.
As well as creating low-poly assets for games or real-time applications, it can be used to rough out base models for sculpting in ZBrush, and supports Pixologic’s GoZ bridge system.
Although development stalled during the 2010s, the pace picked up again with the release of Silo 2021, with Nevercenter also launching Milo, a new standalone Unreal-Engine-based real-time renderer and VR viewer.
Silo 2024.0: new File Instance system
Since then, Nevercenter has been putting out relatively small, but regular, updates to the software, with Silo 2024.0 adding one new feature, File Instance.
It’s a file-referencing system, making it possible to use external files – either separate Silo files, or 3D models in standard file formats – as instances within a Silo project.
When the external file is updated, the Silo model will update automatically.
At the time of writing, Milo hasn’t been updated to version 2024: the latest release is Milo 2023.1.
Pricing and availability
Silo and Milo are available for Windows 10 and macOS 10.15+.
Perpetual licences of Silo have an MSRP of $159, which includes Milo. The update is free to anyone who has bought the software in the past year.
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