What's New in Podium Browser - February 2018

Zeus Shih - Mr. Cloud

Zeus Shih - Mr. Cloud

Cor Niflet

Nat Ellis - JB Architecture

 Latest Podium Browser uploads

New uploads in February - We're still working to upload sets of pre-made furniture assemblies into as many categories as possible. This month we added 20 office assemblies (with more coming), ad 20 outdoor patio arrangements. Assemblies are now available in the living room, dining, bedroom, outdoor, and office categories. Approximately 20 additional lamps and pendant lights were also uploaded.

Office Assembly 12 rendered with ProWalker GPU, 10,000 Samples, PR Mode

Living Assembly 22 rendered with ProWalker GPU, 10,000 samples, PR Mode

Additional home office Assemblies

10 conference room arrangements

18 Classroom Assemblies

20 Bathroom Assemblies

5 Additional 3D Cars

 Quick Tip - Rendering Vertical Compositions in SU Podium

It is difficult to accurately frame vertical images in the SketchUp viewport, because the viewport window shows more that what we need for the composition. SketchUp and Podium do not have any sort of "resolution or aspect ratio mask" to indicate the bounds of your render.

The typical workflow for vertical images is to approximate the composition and then crop out anything we don't need in post, but this can add hours of unnecessary rendering calculations if you're rendering 16:9 when you actually need something much narrower.

The linked video provides a very simple solution for composing vertical images, using Julia Eneroth's Viewport Resize plugin, which lets you scale your SketchUp viewport to the exact aspect ratio needed for your final image.

  Watch the tutorial here.

 About Podium's "Unsigned" status in the Extension Manager

SketchUp unsigned designation

We get a lot of questions regarding Podium's status as an "Unsigned" plugin in the extensions menu. Please be assured that this is an passive designation that Trimble introduced in SU 2017/2018; it has no relevance to the functionality of SU Podium, and is not the underlying cause of any Bug Splats or performance issues.

The only potential conflict that may arise from an unsigned plugin is if your extension loading policy is set to "Identified Extensions Only." If this is the case, please set your loading policy to "Unrestricted" from the Extension Manager settings dialog (as seen below).

SketchUp Loading Policy

 Ongoing Webstore Deals

Upgrade now for a 10x speed increase during the "Processing scenes" render pass, Podium Panoramas, improved Podium Image Editor, analyse tool and material improvements.

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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.

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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.

2nd License Specials for SU Podium V2 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, get the second license of each for 25% off the list price. Buy here