Multi-threaded Podium Exporter
We have once again improved speed during the "Processing Scenes" portion of the render process
Before SU Podium v2.6 the Podium Exporter only used a single CPU coreSince most modern workstations have several cores (at a minimum) this means a lot of potential computing resources sat idle while Podium exported your model's geometry and textures to the render engine.
The SU Podium v2.6 exporter uses all your CPU cores/threads during the export processWhile this may not reduce your render time significantly for a final image, it is particularly beneficial during the preliminary design phase of complex project, cutting down the time it takes to output multiple iterative test renders. This is especially true with larger SketchUp files.
Podium Browser redesign and license changes
Podium Browser redesign
The Podium Browser interface has been updated to make the process of searching through categories and subcategories faster. Click and drag sliders let you scan an entire category quickly, and new sorting options let users view up to a hundred thumbnails at once.
Podium Browser and SU Podium are now a single license
Starting with V2.6, Podium Browser paid content will be included with the purchase of SU Podium.
That means anyone upgrading to V2.6 will also gain access to the entire Podium Browser library if they do not already own a license. Since many of you already own Podium Browser paid content we are offering two different upgrade prices to compensate; pricing details to be determined.
Note - Because Podium V2.6 is only being released for SketchUp 2017 and newer, Podium Browser will still be sold as a stand-alone plugin for users who are working in SketchUp 2016 and earlier.
HDR editing in Podium Image Editor
Podium Image Editor now supports a 32-bit editing workflow for .HDR renders from Podium. HDR images contain a wider dynamic range of lighting information, allowing users to make dramatic changes to the lighting and tonal qualities of a render in post-processing without quality loss or banding.
Adaptive linear tonemapping - A new one-click histogram normalization function for HDR renders in Podium Image Editor. Automatically normalizes luminance values in the image to cover the full dynamic range while enhancing areas of local contrast in an HDR render. Pictured right.