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What's New with SU Podium for Google SketchUp

What's New December 15, 2011

1. SU Podium Browser 2.0: New Paid content as of December 15, 2011

The Paid section of SU Podium Browser 2.0 keeps growing with render ready lights, materials and furnishing. In November we added the following libraries:

    Design Fixtures light fixtures. There sixteen of these beautifully modeled table and floor lamps. Each has an LEM or omni light embedded in the fixture. Each is a dynamic component so light can be switched on or off.
    Escofet exterior furniture. A new Paid category is Exteriors. Current there are two new sub-categories. Once is Escofet which contains several stone, out door furniture. These are comprised with Podium render ready materials. These are dynamic components and Podium material can be changed using SketchUp's Dynamic Options.
    Vesko exterior furniture. Another library in the Exterior category is the Vesko components which include plant stands, benches, garbage bins. Many of these are Dynamic Components and all are render ready.
    Check out household and other furnishing categories for new and useful items.
    Still $29 for a Paid license. SU Podium Browser is included in SU Podium and comes with a vast library of free content such as light fixtures, high resolution textures, and more. The Paid content is growing rapidly though. You can view the Paid content freely but to download these components you will need to purchase a serial number. Please read here. Access to the Paid content on Browser 2.0 is still $29 for a permanent license.

2. SU Podium 2.9 about to be released - automatic materials

    This model's reflections was automatically applied. Click on image to view much larger resolution.
    We have completed development and testing of SU Podium V2.9 and it will be released shortly as a free update for SU Podium Version 2 owners. The most noteworthy feature is Automatic Materials. Automatic materials is where predefined Podium reflection, blur, refraction properties are assigned to most of SketchUp's standard materials. SketchUp standard materials are the materials that you get when you install SketchUp. These are .skm libraries residing in the SketchUp Materials folder.
    In SU Podium V2.9, when you render a model with SketchUp standard materials, you do not have to apply Podium properties to them. They have been predefined. However, you can change the properties.
    Watch for Version 2.9 release announcement in the next few days
    Other items in 2.9 - the Omni Light/ Spot light user interface has been consolidated. An About button tells you what version you are using.

3. This month's SU Podium image

    This month's feature images from the SU Podium Gallery comes from Natstar. Nat has been doing some outrageously awesome kitchen renderings that are inspiring a lot of us.

    Click on image to view much larger resolution.

    SU Podium Forum gallery is a great place to see what others are doing with SU Podium V2 and the suggestions and comments that other users are making. It's a great place to pick up some ideas for your rendering . Click on the Gallery Forum.

4. Upgrade and special price reminders - SU Animate V4 upgrade, SU Walk and SU Podium V2 upgrade