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  06 June 2008
Sculpting in silo makes more sense once you take into account that you can recreate lower subdivisions in zbrush. You can do your base-mesh modelling in silo and sculpt lower res forms while still being able to change the base mesh, then you can take the high-res obj into zbrush, get back the base mesh and work away. Then Silo is a very good tool for re-topology (I much prefer it to zbrush and it is getting better).

So I see it as a very good companion to zbrush. The sculpting tools were meant to compliment, not replace those of zbrush and they do this well IMO.
 
  06 June 2008
Wow, couldn't have gotten better feedback.
Thanks Mark, John, Brandon for all the details!!
 
  06 June 2008
Originally Posted by John Keates: Then Silo is a very good tool for re-topology (I much prefer it to zbrush and it is getting better).


I agree with that cmpletely. I find it amazing that the zBrush re-topo workflow is basically two parts:

1. Paint the lines your want on the mesh using a 2D brush then
2. Add new topology point by point.

To me that is doing it twice. With the new retopology tool at Silo this is MUCH faster!

BTW, miurajiro, feel free to also join in the discussion at: http://www.silo3d.com/forum/

You can join even if you don't have the software. The group is not as active as some forums, but very helpful!
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  06 June 2008
Just to clarify in case anyone's confused, Silo can generate displacement maps. (It's in the Materials menu under "Generate Displacement Map".) It just can't export 32-bit maps, although that is coming soon.

You can generate maps from the subdivided shape to the base mesh, or from two or more completely different objects. (The last selected object is the target.) Hope that helps!
 
  06 June 2008
Yeah, I guess I should have mentoined that.
 
  06 June 2008
The other thing I like about Silo is its speed. Sure, you could get Lightwave, XSI or TrueSpace(whatever) but its speed in loading up and run-time is only matched by Blender. Recently I've become more familiar with Blender and have wondered if there is any difference between the two, but I think Silo is still faster and more dedicated. Silo's interface is more comfortable as well.

By making it a modelling-only package it becomes much easier to maintain and locate the root of all evil(bugs!). It reminds me of something Scotty once said in Search for Spock: "The more you add to the sink, the easier it is to block up the pipes" - or something like that. Roughly translates to "The more features you add the easier it is for something to go wrong...".

What I would like to see next is for Messiah(or a similar animation-only tool) to take off and become an industry standard for all things animation. When you think about it Maya is hailed as an animation package and not a modeller. Autodesk may as well just ditch the modelling'n'texturing and just focus on the animation and rendering. Packages like Modo and Zbrush are now the industry standards for modelling now so why bother wasting time & money competing with them when you know Maya's tool set simply cannot compete? Its like trying to race a Ford Escort against a TVR.

Anyway, thats wishful thinking. All Hail Silo etc...
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  07 July 2008
Well, to be fair, Feed... you mean the current 2.1 beta generates Displacement Maps. Silo 2 (current release) doesn't have that option -- or at least it doesn't show in my Materials menu.

Your point that it is coming soon is valid though.

My question is, when you say 32-bit maps are "coming soon" do you think it will make this cycle? Or are you thinking it makes the next round, 2.2 or whatever...?



Originally Posted by _Feed_: Just to clarify in case anyone's confused, Silo can generate displacement maps. (It's in the Materials menu under "Generate Displacement Map".) It just can't export 32-bit maps, although that is coming soon.

You can generate maps from the subdivided shape to the base mesh, or from two or more completely different objects. (The last selected object is the target.) Hope that helps!
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  07 July 2008
That's true about 2.0, but the latest release version from several months ago (2.0.5) has displacement export. It's the current version available for download at www.nevercenter.com (and a free upgrade from 2.0). It also fixed a bunch of display issues, so you should definitely grab it.

We're uncertain which numbered release 32-bit maps will make it into, but it won't have much effect on the timing. If it's ready by 2.1 we'll put it in, otherwise it will be part of a smaller subsequent update. In other words, you'll get it as soon as it's ready. Hope that helps!
 
  07 July 2008
Originally Posted by _Feed_: ). It also fixed a bunch of display issues, so you should definitely grab it.


I already grabbed it for the new surface tool :-)
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