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We have seen a lot of fantastic work on the forums in recent weeks, including this striking bathroom render by Joe Pretorius. There are three more designers featured on the what's new web page, so be sure to click through and take a look.
If you have questions or want to receive constructive feedback, the gallery forum is an excellent community resource! Please don't hesitate to post your work, it can really pay off!
Animated by Cadalog, Inc in Podium Walker v1.3.
PW 1.30 now includes Light-maps for LEM lighting. Previously, light-maps worked only for point lights/ spot lights. As you may know, the LEM lighting calculations are much slower in PW than point lights and spot lights, so light-map support for LEMs will greatly increase the speed of your video output.
UI Additions in PW V1.3 - There is now a Create/Update lightmap button in the Podium Walker UI in addition to the Lightmap on/off toggle that was there before. A light map mesh size UI has also been created. The default is 2 inches. If the mesh size is too small, the rendering may crash.
Anti-aliasing bug has been fixed - The anti-aliasing settings issue (described here) has been resolved in Podium Walker v1.3.
Download: Download Podium Walker v1.3 here
The issues that have limited Podium Browser functionality for the past week have been resolved. This fix changes the way Podium Browser handles cookies, which should eliminate the recurring cookie issues that crop up when Safari or IE release updates. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience. Please see the following for more information: Read more here.
SU Podium V2.5.116 has been released - We have released a small update that adds a scrollbar to Podium's preset selection dropdown. This was a point of confusion for new and existing users in the past few builds, so this should resolve any ambiguity in the preset menu. Free update for anyone already using V2.5 or higher. Get the update here.
Google Cardboard is an inexpensive, stereoscopic virtual reality headset that uses your Android or iOS mobile device to create an immersive VR experience. For this month's quick tip, we've put together a short document that covers the use of SU Podium's panorama feature with a Google Cardboard VR headset.
We're adding new content to Podium Browser every week! Podium Browser is still only $59.00 and currently includes over 10,800 high quality, render ready components, with additional models, materials, and light fixtures being added every week. Read more about the speed and efficiency of Podium Browser here.
To see the full range of new Browser content, open the Podium Browser web page. Click on Agree, then click on Show only recent files.
V2.5+ is still $39.95: SU Podium V2.5 Plus uses a new C++ exporter that can process scene geometry and textures up to twenty times faster than previous versions, giving you the freedom to render models with far more complexity and speed than before. We've also added Podium Panoramas, which allow you to add 360 degree interactivity to your images. Click here to upgrade to SU Podium V2 Plus.
The Win/Mac version of the Viso3D SketchUp export plug-in will convert your SketchUp 8, 2013 and 2014 model into a small file that can be read by the iPad 7. The Lightmap in the plug-in will also preserve the sun and shadows settings and create an ambient light for interior scenes. Read here and download the free trial. $29.95 ends soon.
2nd License Specials for SU Podium V2 and Podium Browser continues: The 25% discount on your second purchase special is still in place as it has proven to be popular. If you already own one license of SU Podium or Podium Browser, get the second license of each for 25% off the list price. Buy here