Peregrine Labs has recently added an update to Yeti, their product for creating fur, feathers, leaves and instancing anything easily in Autodesk Maya. Yeti version 1.1 is being dubbed by Peregrine Labs as the “Rendering Release”, calling it the biggest addition for support for V-Ray and Arnold renderers in addition to its previous Renderman and 3Delight capabilities.
Yeti is Peregrine Labs product to produce fur, feathers, leaves and generating lots of things based around familiar working concepts of a procedural graph directly within Autodesk’s Maya.
The toolset has been developed as an end to end solution that easily integrates into most pipelines with ease and built with the goal of efficiently transporting and rendering the data generated while maintaining an artist friendly workflow.
Check out what is new and what has changed in the Yeti for Maya 1.1 update here.
Bad News for Yeti
Unfortunately there is a bit of bad news as well. Peregrine Labs has come to an agreement over the dispute of intellectual property with the Joe Alter (makers of Shave and Haircut) where Peregrine Labs will no longer sell or license the Yeti plug-in to users located within the geographic boundaries of the United States until Joe Alter’s patent expires.
the official word from Peregrine is:
As much as we would like everyone to use our great products, due to a recent turn of events we can no longer make Yeti available to all of the lovely users in the United States. Our official statement is:
“To avoid a potential ongoing and expensive legal dispute with Joe Alter respecting the scope of his patent, Peregrine and Alter have executed a settlement agreement in which Peregrine has agreed not to sell or license the Yeti plug-in to users located within the geographic boundaries of the United States until his patent expires.”
The decision to settle was difficult but necessary, as a small company we’d rather put our resources into improving our products than feeding a broken legal system. Please feel free to contact us with any questions and/or concerns.