Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019 Posted by Jim Thacker

Yeti fur plugin goes back on sale in the United States

Swedish VFX firm FableFX’s new reel includes a range of CG creatures created with the help of Yeti. Peregrine Labs’ fur and feathers plugin for Maya is now also available to studios in the US again.

Peregrine Labs, developer of the Yeti hair, fur and feathers plugin for Maya, is having a summer sale.

Nothing particularly unusual about that, you might think – except that the sale is partly timed to celebrate Independence Day, since Yeti is now available for purchase in the United States once more.

Back on sale in the US following Epic Games’ buyout of Shave and a Haircut
First released in 2011, Yeti quickly became a staple part of many visual effects studios’ production work, used on everything from ads and animated series to Thor: Ragnarok.

It was also one of the key pipeline technologies supported by Foundry in Katana’s new 3Delight renderer.

However, Yeti had not been available for sale in the United States since 2012, following a patent wrangle with Joe Alter, developer of rival hair tool Shave and a Haircut.

Shave and a Haircut was itself acquired by Epic Games last month, with Epic planning to release the source code of version 9.6 for free under the terms of Unreal Engine’s EULA.

Speaking to CG Channel by email, Peregrine Labs confirmed that US sales of Yeti had been resumed as a result of Epic’s purchase, but declined to comment further.

Based in the US? Check out Yeti’s new features here
If you’re based in the US and want to refresh your memory about Yeti, you can read about Yeti 3.0, the last full-point version of the software, in the story we ran at the time of its release last year.

Changelogs for subsequent releases are available online: they’re primarily bugfixes, or to support new versions of compatible renderers, which include 3Delight, Arnold, Clarisse, Redshift, RenderMan and V-Ray.

Pricing and system requirements
Yeti 3.1 is available for Maya 2018+, running on 64-bit Windows, Linux and macOS.

A Studio licence – one floating workstation licence, plus five render licences – normally costs $699. An Indie licence – one node-locked workstation licence and one render licence – normally costs $329.

However, during Peregrine Labs’ summer sale, new licences of both types are available at a 15% discount until 31 July 2019. The discount applies worldwide, not just to buyers in the US.

Read more about Peregrine Labs’ Yeti summer sale on the company’s website