AAA Studio makes FurryBall RT renderer available ‘free’
AAA Studio has discontinued development of FurryBall RT, its GPU-based production renderer for 3ds Max, Maya and Cinema 4D, and reduced the cost of the software to a “symbolic price” of €29/year.
Users of any version of its predecessor, FurryBall, can upgrade to a perpetual licence for €39.
An innovative GPU production renderer, but one that struggled for sales
One of the first dedicated GPU-based production renderers, FurryBall was developed by AAA Studio for its own animated features, building up a user base that included Blizzard Entertainment, Valve and Microsoft.
According to AAA Studio’s announcement, the software is now “free to all users”, although it’s an unusual definition of free, since there is still a “symbolic price” of €29/year to cover server costs.
Not surprisingly, you don’t get any maintenance or support, but it’s still a low price for a capable, production-proven tool, and includes all three plugin versions.
FurryBall RT is available for 64-bit 3ds Max 2013+, Cinema 4D R15+ and Maya 2011+ on Windows Vista+.