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What's New with SU Podium V2 for SketchUp

What's New with SU Podium V2, July 2012

1. Podium Browser Paid Content growing rapidly

    SU Podium Browser now has over 2,500 Podium V2 render ready components and materials in the Paid categories. The Paid categories are growing rapidly adding hundreds of new items each month. July saw an increase of several hundred items in Furnishings, Podium Materials, 3D plants and other categories.
    There is a good reason to purchase a permanent Paid license now. $49 will purchase you a permanent license for all Paid content being added. Buy it here.

2. Designing Bathrooms? Podium Browser has you covered

    We will be presenting a series of video tutorials on designing and rendering exterior and interior spaces using render ready components from Podium Browser and rendering in SU Podium V2. This month the theme is bathroom design.
    Click on the above image to see the video tutorial on creating a bathroom design using materials and components from Podium Browser and rendering with SU Podium V2. You will see how Podium Browser content can ease the design process considerably.

3. SU Podium V2 Gallery image of the month

    This month's Podium Gallery image is from Tom De Ceuster. Thank you Tom.

    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 pick up some ideas for your rendering. Click on the Gallery Forum.

4. Podium Walker - a companion plug-in to SU Podium V2. View Podium renderings in real time. Create walk thru animations and export to video formats.

  • A photo-realistic, raytracing program that works inside SketchUp in close to real-time speed.
  • CPU based, not GPU
  • Renders in real-time, SU Podium V2 reflections, artificial lights (omni lights and LEM), refractions, bumps
  • Renders the thousands of Podium render-ready light fixtures, plants, materials, furnishings from Podium Browser.
  • Creates keyframe animations and also can record your camera navigation.
  • Can create animations directly from SketchUp scenes or from SU Animate paths
  • Will export to video formats such as .mp4 and .avi
  • Currently on SketchUp Windows and Mac OS-X Lion.
  • New in Beta 2 is Ambient Occlusion which is similar to Global Illumination where indirect light calculations are made
    Click on the above image to view a YouTube video created by Aikin Design using Podium Walker Beta, Podium and SketchUp.
    Podium Walker Mac update. Mac OS-X Lion beta has been released.

5. Two new SU Podium quick learn books

    Two new books that provide comprehensive information and useful tips to quickly grasp SU Podium V2 have been released.
  • Professor Jim Kenney's Podium V2 Quick start was released last month and is available on This book is a three-part, self-paced introduction to Podium, easily completed in six hours or less with 13 tutorials. Cost is $24.95 for the perfect bound full color version and $9.95 for the PDF e-book version. Purchase from Type in Podium Quick Start in either the books section or ebooks section. Please read more about it here.
  • Nicolas Harvey's SU Podium V2 Reference Guide is 48 pages that starts with a quick look at all the basic features of SU Podium V2. Then the books moves on to very useful tips on how to use natural and artificial lighting and material properties to create high quality, photo-realistic images. It also includes tutorials on how to effectively use post processing. The Reference Guide is available in the Books section of Read about it here.
    Ce guide de référence a été traduit en français et est disponible dans la boutique en ligne SUPlugins.
    Also keep in mind Professor Jim Kenney's very comprehensive Essentials: Rendering with Podium V2. This 137 page book comes not only with a full guide to Podium V2 but with many tutorials and sample models. Also available on Also translated to Japanese.

6. What Cadalog, Inc. is working on - SU Podium V3

    SU Podium Version 3 development work has begun in earnest. What will V3 be? Here is a partial list of what we are planning:
  • A much faster way to process scenes. The speed difference will be noticeable in large models.
  • A updated user interface which is based on native Windows or Mac OS. Some minor changes to the UI for advanced features.
  • Instancing.
  • Advanced material properties for metal and glass and better caustic effect.
  • A integrated 2D image editor with color filters.
  • Faster raytracing and global illumination and even higher quality output.
  • A new user interface for the Podium Browser that will allow for easier content searches.
  • Many other new features.
  • We do not have a release date for either the beta or final version yet but we will keep you informed of our progress.