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JULY 2014

Gallery Forum - Images of the Month

This month features a lovely set of kitchen renders from Nat Ellis, some seriously incredible fabric tests by John Atkinson, and a stylish living space from forum user henyao. Fantastic work all around, and thanks for your contributions!

  1. Nat Ellis :: Forum Thread
  2. John Atkinson :: Forum Thread
  3. "henyao" :: Forum Thread

The Gallery Forum is a fantastic place to find inspiration, receive critique, and learn new tips and tricks to perfect your Podium Renders. Click here to browse the Gallery Forum.

Thousands of items now in the Podium Browser!

Over 850 free Browser items included for all Podium users.

Over 100 new interior and exterior doors, 200 accent and mosaic tiles, and four new stair models.

We have a huge batch of new Podium Browser components this month, including over 35 backgrounds and treelines, a major addition to our Kohler bathroom collection, new playground and recreation equipment, and a wide variety of library and office furnishings. Here's a small sample of the new Browser components we've added in the past few weeks:

Wallpaper 01

Over 200 accent tiles and mosaic sets.

Wallpaper 01

60 new interior doors

Wallpaper 01

50 additional exterior doors

Four stairwell models

Over 60 sliding doors!

We're adding new content to Podium Browser every week! Podium Browser is still only $59.00 and currently includes thousands of high quality, render ready components, with additional models, materials, and light fixtures being added every week. Read more about the speed and efficiency of Podium Browser here.

To see the full range of new Browser content, open the Podium Browser web page. Click on Agree, then click on Show only recent files.

If you have multiple users on the same computer, you may notice that SU Podium V2 Plus will only display for one user when using SU 2014, and will not be available to other users accounts on that computer.
Also, if you are using Windows multi-byte character set user account name (Japanese, Korean, Chinese) you will see load error problems after install SU Podium V2 Plus for SketchUp 2014 Windows.
Reason: With the introduction of SketchUp 2014, Trimble chose a new Windows directory for the default SketchUp plugins folder.

The default plugins location is now in the AppData folder under your User account name. In other words here:

C:\Users\Yourusername\AppData\Roaming\SketchUp\SketchUp 2014\SketchUp\Plugins\

The new plugins directory has introduced two problems for practically all SketchUp plug-in applications:
  • First: If you have multiple users on the same computer, you will notice that SU Podium V2 Plus will only display for one user when using SU 2014, and will not be available to other users accounts on that computer.
  • The second issue is a bug in SketchUp 2014 which has not yet been fixed in 14.1.1282. This if you have a user account name that uses multi byte characters, (Japanese, Korean, Chinese and some other languages) SU Podium V2 Plus will not load and you will see error messages when you open SketchUp after installing SU Podium V2 Plus.

To solve these two problems we have created a special install called the APAC version which installs SU Podium V2 Plus to this folder: C:\ProgramData\SketchUp\SketchUp 2014\SketchUp\plugins\. This effectively eliminates both of the above problems.

Solution: Click here the APAC version, and additional information.

Last month we released SU Podium V2.18.930, which included a huge overhaul for Podium Image Editor. Among the new features included in PIE 1.3 are one-click post-processing presets, our brand new Podium background library, improved editing tools, and depth of field sliders.

For this month's Quick Tip we have a short video introducing the major updates in Podium Image Editor 1.3, and explaining how they're used:

Click here to watch!

As always, if you have any problems with the use of a specific tool or technique, feel free to post your question in the SUPlugins Tips, Tricks, and Tutorials forum.

Read More about Podium Image Editor 1.3:

PIE 1.3 is a huge feature update for the Podium Image Editor, adding a brand new Preset Editor for efficient post processing, new depth of field tools, and a web based background-image library that dynamically loads background images into PIE on the fly.

Podium Background Library: The Podium Image Editor library has several hundreds images in various categories, free to use. Cadalog will be adding to this image library periodically.

If you use the image library, select the image and use the magnify glass and increase the image size. Then right click on the image. You will see an option to Set background. By selecting this option, the image will be loaded into PIE as the background. Make sure that you have an alpha transparent image loaded in PIE before adding background images.

Presets: Presets are predefined filter sets that will apply a specific look to your render very quickly. Select a preset to preview it in PIE, and click the apply button when you are happy with the outcome.

Much More: The latest PIE upgrade also adds a much more precise undo/history drop-down, better tools for repositioning and resizing background images, and customizable depth of field & tilt-shift effects.

Read more about Podium Image Editor 1.3 here.

Start using V2.18.930 immediately: Click the link below to download the latest version of SU Podium V2 Plus.

Please click the image to play the animation

Original SketchUp model and animation created by Dave Giz, modified by Cadalog team.

Our latest Podium Walker animation showcases Dave Giz's "Lumb Carr Ave. Proposal," an extremely cool outdoor patio and green-space. The animation was brought to life using Podium Walker 64-bit, which allows users to animate larger, more complex models than ever before, and renders videos faster than ever.

The newest Podium Walker builds are available here: Download Podium Walker

The Win/Mac version of the Viso3D SketchUp export plug-in will convert your SketchUp 8, 2013 and 2014 model into a small file that can be read by the iPad 7. The Lightmap in the plug-in will also preserve the sun and shadows settings and create an ambient light for interior scenes. Read here and download the free trial. $29.95 ends soon.

2nd License Specials for SU Podium V2 and Podium Browser continues: The 25% discount on your second purchase special is still in place as it has proven to be popular. If you already own one license of SU Podium or Podium Browser, get the second license of each for 25% off the list price. Buy here

V2+ is a free upgrade: If you have not yet upgraded to SU Podium V2 Plus, don't forget that V2+ is now available as a free update for all existing Podium users! V2 Plus supports SketchUp 2014 (Win/ Mac), 2013 (Mac only), and SketchUp 8 (Win/Mac). Please Click here to Download SU Podium V2 Plus.

Essentials: Rendering With Podium V2 Plus by Jim Kenney: Jim Kenney's new book includes 187 pages of beautifully illustrated tutorials, walk-throughs, tips, and best practices for setting up lighting, materials, and render settings in SU Podium V2 Plus. Essentials is available as an ebook at the Cadalog Webstore or as a physical book at

Podium Browser Paid content is still $59.00 for a permanent license. You will be able to access new content that is added each month as a Paid content owner. Second license is 25% off. Podium Browser's paid content license will soon increase to $79.00, however, the second license will continue to be 25% off.

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