Podium Server (beta) can now "watch" a folder on your computer and initialize a render when a Podium script is detected.

This makes it possible render an image from a remote machine using a cloud syncing service or networked server as a go-between.

A simple example might look something like this: A Podium .SCRIPT is generated from a laptop, synced over a cloud platform (ie - Google Drive), and then automatically rendered via Podium Server on a desktop machine.

How to use Podium Server over a network:

The core idea is very simple: Instead of having Podium Server "watch" a local folder, we tell PS to actively monitor any folder that can be shared/synced over a network; Google Drive, OneDrive, LAN workgroup, Dropbox, etc.

The order that you perform these steps is important, so please read carefully:

  1. Install Podium Server on the machine you want to render from.
  2. Launch Podium Server - You must leave Podium Server open through this whole process.
  3. Click the "watch" icon and browse to a directory that syncs over a network. For example: In my tests, I created a sub-folder in my Google Drive called "PS-Watch," and configured Podium Server to watch that folder. Leave Podium Server open.
  4. Note: The "watch" folder must be configured BEFORE you generate or paste a Podium script into it. The watch folder is waiting for a trigger event (in this case, a script being added), and will not process any scripts that are already in the folder when you start watching it.

  5. AFTER the watch folder is configured: Open the model you'd like to render on a computer with a full installation of SketchUp and SU Podium. Use "Generate" or "GenerateAll" to generate a Podium render SCRIPT directly into the folder that is being watched. In this example, the script should be generated directly into the Google Drive sub-folder "PS-Watch".
  6. Wait for the PS-Watch folder to sync between your two machines.
  7. Render process begins: As soon as the sync is complete, Podium server will recognize the SCRIPT file(s) and automatically begin processing and rendering the image. As you know, this will take some time depending on complexity of the model.
  8. When the render is complete, the final image is saved into the same folder as the Podium render .SCRIPT.

That's it! This is the general process for remote/network rendering via Podium Server in the current PS beta release.

This is a beta feature, and we are actively working to test/refine it. If you encounter issues or notice a way the "watch folder" workflow could be improved, please don't hesitate to let us know.

Download Podium server beta here to test for 30 days.