If you are installing SU Podiumm V2.5.x Plus for the first time, go down to the First Time install sections below.

SU Podium V2.5.x implemented a major code overhaul which makes processing geometry and textures much faster than previous versions of SU Podium V2 and V2 Plus.

Additionally, we've added several new features including Panoramic rendering, improved Analyse tools, better "generate script" functionality, extended language support, and several bug fixes. Read more about the V2.5 upgrade here, and see what's new in V2.5.5 here.

Upgrade to V2.5.5 Plus for SketchUp 2017, 2016, 2015 or SketchUp 2014: Purchase here.

  • If you are an existing V2 Plus or V2 user the upgrade is $39.95 USD. If you are wondering why you need to purchase the very low cost (USD) upgrade, please read here.

  • If you are already using V2.5.x, the V2.5.5 update is free.

  • You must purchase the upgrade to obtain a completely different license code for V2.5.x Plus. V2.5.x Plus can not be activated with a V2 license code. The very large gain in speed makes this very low upgrade cost more than justifiable. Please purchase here.

  If you have an existing SU Podium version, before installing an update, please uninstall previous versions of SU Podium V2 or V2.5. Ignore this if this is your first time installing SU Podium V2.5 Read below for uninstall instructions

  • Go to the Free Trial page or go to the SU Podium Download page. Download the appropriate version of V2.5.x Plus and activate the full version with your V2.5.x Plus license code.

  • Free Trial version users - You will not receive a license code. Instead, ignore the License Manager dialog box that comes up, requesting you to enter a license. Your evaluation period will be for 30 days.

Which SU Podium version do I need?

  • SketchUp 2017, 2016, 2015 or 2014, you need V2.5.x Plus. If you are an owner of the previous SU Podium V2 or V2 Plus, there is a small upgrade fee for V2.5.x If you are using SketchUp 2017, 2016, 2015 or 2014, use V2.5.x Plus.

  • SketchUp 8, please download and install SU Podium V2 Plus, (version V2.18.940) from here. The major difference between V2.5 Plus and V2Plus is the vast speed difference in processing scenes.

  • Windows 7, 8, and 10 users - SU Podium V2.5.x Plus requires SketchUp 2014, 2015, 2016 or 2017. It does not support SketchUp 8 or 2013.

  • If you are using SketchUp 8, please download and install SU Podium V2 Plus, version V2.18.940 from here. The major difference between V2.5.x Plus and V2Plus is the vast speed difference in processing scenes and also the new Panorama feature in V2.5.x Plus.


  • Mac users - SU Podium V2.5.x Plus for the Mac requires SketchUp 2014, 2015, 2016 or 2017. It will require the OS versions that SketchUp supports.

  • If you are using SketchUp 8 for the Mac, please download and install SU Podium V2 Plus, version V2.18.940 from here. The major difference between V2.5.x Plus and V2Plus is the vast speed difference in processing scenes and support for 360 Panoramas. Read about V2.5.x Plus here.


Hardware recommendations:

  • The SU Podium V2.5.x Plus rendering engine is multi-threaded, meaning it will take advantage of all your CPU core's. The more cores you have the better. You also need a reasonable amount of RAM to hold 3d scene data. The more RAM you have, the more complex models you can render. We highly recommend 64 bit Mac and Windows operating system. Mac is a 64 bit OS. SketchUp 2015 also supports 64 bit operating systems now. However, we do have versions that support Windows 32 bit for SketchUp 2014, 2015 and 2016. SketchUp 2017 does not support 32 bit operating systems.

  • How can I tell what SU Podium version I am using? - If you own a license of SU Podium, you can tell what version you are running by going to the Plugins or Extensions pull down menu in SketchUp. Then go to SU Podium V2.x and select About. Version 2.5.x Plus has a version number that is 2.5.xx or greater.

We often recieve the following questions from both trial and paid users installing SU Podium for the first time:

  1. Q. Free Trial users - Why does license manager pop up and ask for a license?

    This is simply a reminder to display how many days are left in the free trial. Free trial users can dismiss the license manager.

  2. Q. First time installation (paid customers) - Resolution is greyed out and the info bar is still in the image.

    After activating your license you must restart SketchUp to get out of trial mode.

Anyone who purchased their SU Podium license prior to the release of version 2.5 needs to buy the upgrade to activate v2.5 Plus and newer.

Your activation code for v1, v2, and v2 plus cannot be used to activate SU Podium v2.5+ and newer. A new activation code will be sent by email when you purchase the upgrade.

If you are installing SU Podium for the first time: The upgrade fee does not apply to you. Anyone currently buying a new SU Podium license is purchasing a V2.5 license.

Iterative releases (v2.5.x, 2.5.5 and newer) are free for existing v2.5 Plus users unless otherwise specified.

  Windows Installation

1. Completely quit SketchUp before starting the installation.

2. Download SU Podium V2.5 Plus for SketchUp 2017, 2016, 2015 or 2014 here - Download V2.5 Plus location. Choose the version that matches your SketchUp and Windows operating system.

3. The installation program will start. The default install location for SU Podium V2.5.x Plus for Windows SketchUp 2014, 2015, 2016 or 2017 is in this location:

  C:\ProgramData\SketchUp\SketchUp 201x\SketchUp\plugins

The installation will create a sub-folder in the above plug-ins folder called SU_Podium_V2.5. There will also be a ruby load file in the plugins folder called SU_Podium_V2.5.rbs.

4. Open SketchUp and find SU Podium in the Extensions menu Also a SU Podium icon tool bar will be loaded.


5. If you mistakenly installed the wrong version of V2.5.x Plus, please read how to uninstall, and then download and reinstall the correct version.

If you own a license of any version of V2.5, the upgrade to most current version of V2.5.x is free. But first uninstall previous versions before installing the latest V2.5.x. See below for uninstall instructions. Then go here to download. Use the same license code. But please make sure you uninstall, your previous version.

Previous SU Podium V2 and V2 Plus users must purchase an upgrade to SU Podium V2.5.x Plus for SketchUp 2017, 2016/2015/ 2014: Buy here. You will receive a new license code that is different from the V2 license code. This license code will only work with V2.5.x Plus.

1. If you are upgrading from SU Podium V2 to V2.5.x Plus, First purchase the Upgrade here. Make sure you have your previous V2 or V2 Plus license code. After purchasing, you will receive a new license code that is different from the V2 license code. This license code will only work with V2.5.x Plus.

2. Uninstall Previous Versions - If you are upgrading from SU Podium V2 to V2.5.x Plus for SU 2015 or SU 2014, you must uninstall previous versions of SU Podium V2 first, if previous version were installed. Choose the SU Podium uninstall program that matches the version of SketchUp you're using, either SU 2014 or SU 2015. If you do not uninstall, you risk crashes. SketchUp 2016 does not have any SU Podium previous versions so you do not need to uninstall anything.

3. Completely quit SketchUp 2014/15/16/17 before starting the installation.

4. Download SU Podium V2.5 Plus for SketchUp 2014, 2015, 2016, or 2017 here - Download V2.5 Plus location. Choose the version that matches your SketchUp and Windows operating system.

6. The installation program will start. The default install location for SU Podium V2.5.x Plus for Windows SketchUp 2014, 2015, 2016 or 2017 is in this location:

  C:\ProgramData\SketchUp\SketchUp 201x\SketchUp\plugins

The installation will create a sub-folder in the above plug-ins folder called SU_Podium_V2.5. There will also be a ruby load file in the plugins folder called SU_Podium_V2.5.rbs.


7. If you mistakenly installed the wrong version of V2.5.x Plus, please read how to uninstall, and then download and reinstall the correct version.

  Mac Installation

  1. Completely quit SketchUp before starting.

  2. If you are upgrading from SU Podium V2 to V2.5.x Plus, uninstall previous versions of SU Podium V2 first. Choose the SU Podium uninstall program that matches the version of SketchUp you're using.

  3. Download the SU Podium V2.5 Plus version that matches your OS and SketchUp version here: V2.5 Plus Download location.

  4. Double click on the .zip file that you downloaded and unzip using the Archive tool. This will unzip the install file into a .pkg file.
    Note: Make sure you unzip or unpack using the Macintosh Archive tool. Do not use Winzip.

  5. Double click on the install package file to start the installation. If you encounter an "unsigned developer" problem when installing SU Podium V2, please read here.

  6. Choose Install for All Users of this computer, if prompted. Podium install dialog Mac

  7. When the installation is complete, SU Podium V2.5 Plus is installed in the Macintosh HD\Library\Application Support\SketchUp 201x\SketchUp\Plugins\ folder.

  8. Open SketchUp. SU Podium V2.5 Plus will be in the SketchUp Plugins or Extensions pull down menu. There will also be Podium V2.5 tool bar.

If you are an existing V2.5 Plus user, the upgrade is free. Please read what's new here or read the monthly What's New newsletter.

Previous SU Podium version users must purchase an upgrade to SU Podium V2.5 Plus for SketchUp 2014/2015/ 2016/ 2017: Buy the update here. You will receive a new license code that is different from the V2 license code. This license code will only work with V2.5 Plus.

  1. If you are upgrading from SU Podium V2 to V2.5 Plus for SU 2017, 2016, 2015 or 2014, first purchase the Upgrade here. Make sure you have your previous V2 or V2 Plus license code. After purchasing Choose the V2.5.x You will receive a new license code that is different from the V2 license code. This license code will only work with V2.5 Plus.

  2. Completely quit SketchUp before starting.

  3. If you are upgrading from SU Podium V2 to V2.5.x Plus, uninstall previous versions of SU Podium V2 first. Choose the SU Podium uninstall program that matches the version of SketchUp you're using.

  4. Download the SU Podium V2.5 Plus version that matches your OS and SketchUp version here: V2.5 Plus Download location.

  5. Double click on the .zip file that you downloaded and unzip using the Archive tool. This will unzip the install file into a .pkg file.
    Note: Make sure you unzip or unpack using the Macintosh Archive tool. Do not use Winzip.

  6. Double click on the install package file to start the installation. If you encounter an "unsigned developer" problem when installing SU Podium V2, please read here.

  7. Choose Install for All Users of this computer, if prompted. Mac Podium reinstall location

  8. When the installation is complete, SU Podium V2.5 Plus is installed in the Macintosh HD\Library\Application Support\SketchUp 201x\SketchUp\Plugins\ folder.

  9. Open SketchUp. SU Podium V2.5 Plus will be in the SketchUp Plugins or Extensions pull down menu. There will also be Podium V2.5 tool bar.

  1. Unidentified Developer - Cannot open the SU Podium V2 Plus pkg because I see an " ..Unidentified Developer" message? Click here for the solution.

  2. No Plugin or Extension menu in SketchUp - Click here for the solution.

  3. Do not use WinZip to unpack - Make sure you unpack the downloaded installation file with the Mac Archive tool. Do not use Winzip. If you unpack the install file with Winzip., you may find the installation program will not correctly install SU Podium V2.5 Plus.

  4. Mac Install Failed! - Click here for the solution.

  5. Crashes - Installation was fine but Podium crashes when rendering. Please read here.


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Podium Browser is a premium SketchUp component library containing over 15,000 high-quality, render-ready components optimized for use in SU Podium V2.5.x Plus. The Paid content costs $59 USD.

The Browser library contains an incredible variety of items, including physically accurate light fixtures, furniture for your interior and exterior scenes, high resolution textures and Podium Materials, architectural elements, and much, much more. Podium Browser Free content is installed with SU Podium V2.5.x. The Paid content requires the purchase of a license key and is $59.00. Paid content has new content and is automatically available as it is added monthly.

Podium Browser Free includes over 850 free items, which will remain available even after your 30 day Podium trial expires. Read about it here.

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