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What's New with SU Podium V2 for SketchUp

What's New October 31, 2013


1. SU Podium V2 Plus Beta2 - V2.16.910

    SU Podium V2 Plus Beta was released in August 2013 and a new version of SU 8/ 2013Win, SU 2013/ SU 8 Mac is available. It is a free upgrade for SU Podium Version 2 owners. There is one bug left in the SU 2013 Windows version and it is explained in detail on the Version2 download page.
    Please read about it the new features here. Please download it from the Version 2 Plus download page.
  • Podium Image Editor for quick post processing
  • Podium Preset Editor to create your own presets
  • Advanced metallic material
  • Physical Sky2 option
  • Podium Tools Updated
  • Render Physical Sections
  • EditInPlace included
  • Native Windows/ Mac user interface
  • Material UI update - DTR 100% symbol
  • Hidden LEM update - 100% transparent.
  • Render All now works in Windows
  • Upgrade is free for SU Podium V2 users

2. SU Podium V2 October 2013 images of the month

    Three images are featured in October from the Forum Gallery and there are several other works that are worthy of your examination. First one comes from Island Master.

    Click on the above image to see a higher resolution. Check his thread out here.

    Second image comes from Alexander Hill, part of a series of images from an architectural project.

    Click on the above image to see wider and higher resolution version. Check the thread and discussion here.

    Third image comes from Sergio3485 also a part of a series of architectural interior designs.

    Click on the above image to see a higher resolution version. Check the thread and discussion here.

3. Podium Browser keeps growing

Over 50% of Nat Ellis' kitchen interior components are from Podium Browser.

A large number of light fixtures were added to Podium Browser in October including new Bega and Yamagiwa wall and ceiling lights. Furthermore, most of the recessed lights were updated to include an auto cut feature so that they can be inserted into ceilings and walls with minimal face trimming. Please watch the recessed light video.

In November we will be adding additional bedroom furniture, 3D curtains, kitchen components including cabinets and other hardware. Podium Browser is still only $59.00 for over 5,500 high quality, render ready components. Read about Podium Browser here.

Podium Browser SketchUp Mac 10.9 Maverick's Safari 7 bug has been fixed. Please read about it here and if you are a Mac 10.9 users you will need to install the fix.

4. LEM "fill" lighting tutorial

Click on the above image to link to the LEM fill lighting tutorial.

Distributing light evenly through out a large and deep interior scene modeled with relatively low ceilings can be tricky. Even using dozens of recessed ceiling lights will not provide enough light evenly. This written tutorial examines how using hidden LEM lights placed between the floor and ceiling can be very effective.

The goal of this tutorial is to boost light levels in low ceiling interior environments like a shopping mall. The light sources that are used are primarily hidden LEMs.

5. Podium Walker four part video series- using Browser and Walker

Podium Walker 1.0.3 has been released. This version supports 64 bit Windows and Mac for both SketchUp 8 and 2013. This means Podium Walker will support as much system memory that is on your PC or Mac. This dramatically changes how large of a SketchUp model Podium Walker can render and animate. Podium Walker 1.0.3 now supports hidden LEM. Below images links to a four part video series that examines the process of modeling a scene with Podium Browser components and then building a photo-realistic animation with Podium Walker.
Read here and download the free trial. Introduction price is $99.00 (USD) Student price is $49.00.

6.Free plug-ins reminder

    Free SketchUp plug-ins are available from the Download page on

EditInPlace is a SketchUp utility that allows you to edit groups and components in a separate SketchUp instance. It was free for SU Podium and SU Animate users and now is free for anyone. Read about EditInPlace here.

SUGrid creates a construction grid to snap to in any planar XYX plane. It was included with SU Animate and now is free for anyone. Watch a short video tutorial on SU Grid here.

Windows Only. Cadalog BeamTools is a comprehensive, parametric, table driven library of industry standard C, I, H, L Angles, T sections for SketchUp. It works only in Windows.

OmniGrid is the venerable plug-in for SU Podium V2 or for Podium Walker that allows you to create a grid of point 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. A superior even source of light is LEM in SU Podium V2.

IFC2SKP for SketchUp 8/ 2013 Beta is a Windows only plug-in for SketchUp 8 and 2013. This application works inside SketchUp Windows (not Mac) and has the ability to load IFC data from BIM (CAD) applications such as ArchiCAD, Revit and Microstation.

7. What's coming in What's New in November and December?

    Later in November and December several new tutorial will be released. Two are based on Nat Ellis' interior designs including the below bathroom and the above kitchen images. Each design is first modeled in SketchUp and populated with Podium Browser components and then rendered beautifully using SU Podium V2. The tutorials will examine the modeling, applying materials, adding Browser components, effect use of lighting and V2 presets.

    Click on the above image to see a higher resolution.

    Also coming before the end of the year is the tutorial on the Preset Editor from Jim Allen and one or two tutorials from John Aikins for Podium Walker.

8. Webstore specials

    Viso3D - convert your SketchUp model, add a Light Map and navigate it on the iPad

The Win/ Mac version of the Viso3D SketchUp export plug-in will convert your SketchUp 8 or 2013 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