Other Features

    1. SU Podium Browser with Light Fixtures, 2D and 3D Plants, Textures and Podium materials

    Podium Browser is part of SU Podium V2 and gives you access to hundreds of Podium V2 ready light fixtures, alpha transparent plants and trees and SketchUp high resolution textures. Podium Browser comes installed with SU Podium V2.4 and above. It also has a Paid section, which requires a purchase of another license. This will give you access to thousands of more advanced light fixtures, 3D plants and Podium render ready materials. Click here for more detail on Podium Browser.

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    2. Omni Grid V2

    Omni Grid is a plug-in for SU Podium V2 that allows you to create a grid of point lights ( omni lights) above or below a planar surface (SketchUp face). By creating a grid of omni lights, Omni Grid creates a relatively even source of light over a wide space. It is best for interior rendering. An alternative to omni grid is LEM or Hidden LEM.

    Omni Grid is a free plug-in and is now an .rbz file that will install from your SketchUp / Preference/ Install Extensions menu. It does not come installed with SU Podium. You do need the .rbz file and then install from within SketchUp 8 or 2013. Download it from this location and read the download and install instructions.

    If installed correctly, OmniGridV2 is a accessed through SketchUp's context sensitive menu. Select a face and right click.

    A possibly better alternative to OmniGrid V2 is using LEM on a material. LEM lighting will give you a very even source of interior lighting. OmniGrid V2 is a grid of point lights therefore the lighting will have bright spots. Many V2 users that used OmniGrid in Podium 1.x, like OmniGrid and that is the primary reason why it has been retained in V2. Please read about LEM material property in the LEM light section here before using OmniGrid V2.

    Click on download page for Omni Grid V2

    Download page

    Check the download page for free SU Podium plug-ins Download page

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    3. Podium::render

    A function that will invoke Podium's rendering from a Ruby script or from the Ruby Console is included in V2. The command is Podium::render( :filename => '' ) . Include the file name without extensions between ' and ' if you want the script to render to a specific file name. Podium will append the file name with 0000. If you want a unique file name do not use the ( :filename => '' ).

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    4. Render All

    Render All Scenes is a feature for SU Podium V2 Plus.