SU Podium V2.6 has been released for Beta testing
Version 2.6 is considered a major feature update and will require a small upgrade fee. Here is what's coming in the first V2.6 release:
Additionally, V2.6 will be the active update path in the future, meaning all future updates to SU Podium will require a V2.6 license. Incremental V2.6xx updates will be free. Information about upgrade pricing will be available closer to the official V2.6 release.
Download the beta: Download SU Podium V2.6 beta here
HDR image-based lighting (HDRI) is a versatile alternative to the two Podium skies, providing a fast, easy way to light your exterior images in a wide range of lighting conditions.
When HDRI lighting is active, the chosen HDR becomes an all-in-one solution for the sky, background, and natural lighting in your render. This streamlines the exterior rendering workflow and provides several advantages:
Read more: HDR image-based lighting in SU Podium V2.6
SU Podium V2.6 makes it much easier for users to take advantage of an .HDR rendering workflow. There are two changes that make this possible.
This provides a much better base for further post-processing and prevents the need to re-render an image that probably would not have been salvageable without the added versatility of the HDR format.
This tutorial explains how to create a circular camera path using SU Animate and then import it into ProWalker GPU to render the 360° turntable animation seen below:
If you don't have SU Animate, that's not a problem! A SketchUp file containing several circular camera paths has been provided on the tutorial page below, so you can simply replace the Vespa and render a 360° animation with your own subject.
Starting in SU Podium V2.6, full Podium Browser library will be included with SU Podium
This means that anyone who owns a Podium V2.6 license will have access to the full library of 20,000 Podium Browser components (formerly $59). This also means there will need to be two upgrade "tiers" for SU Podium V2.6 with a reduced upgrade fee for users who already own a Podium Browser license. This will not take effect until Podium V2.6 is released commercially.
Recent Podium Browser uploads:
Fifteen Japanese / small-space kitchen assemblies, and over 80 oil painting wall canvases from famous artists in the public domain including Van Gogh, Monet, John Singer Sargent, Childe Hassam, Theodore Robinson, Winslow Homer, Maria Sibylla Merian, and more.
Over 80 wall canvases from several famous artists.
John Singer Sargent
Canadian Group of Seven - Tom Thompson and Franklin Carmichael
Vincent van Gogh
Prints and Illustrations - Maria Sibylla Merian, Albrecht Durer, Ernst Haeckel