What's New in SU Podium February 2017


 Gallery Forum Images of the Month

This month's slideshow features two design renders by Sonictrumpet and selections from two other users:


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.


Windows Beta - The Podium Walker with NVIDIA Iray beta release has landed!

The first beta build of Podium Walker with Iray is now available on the Podium Walker downloads page. for Windows users only. Before you begin, please consider the following notes:

  • Podium Walker with Iray will only be available for Windows users. We are looking into licensing AMD's ProRender GPU-accelerated raytracer to provide a comparable alternative for Mac users, but nothing is definite yet.
  • Podium Walker is being split into two licenses - Because Podium Walker with Iray requires significantly better hardware to be efficient, we will still offer the old version for Mac users, and those with older hardware. Pricing on the two versions is still TBD.
  • Increased quality and versatility: Podium Walker with Iray is vastly more versatile than previous versions. Because it includes an unbiased pathtracing mode, it is capable of still visualizations with quality comparable to SU Podium, as well as high-quality camera animation for those with good GPU hardware. See examples in the two galleries below:
Podium Browser - Joe
Podium Browser - Jamie

Ready to begin? Jump to the download page below, or read more about Podium Walker with Iray here.


  Download Podium Walker with Iray Beta


 Podium Server Beta - Official release in early March

New update - Podium Server Beta: The latest Podium Server beta release includes a tool that can monitor or "watch" a designated folder and automatically initialize a Podium render when a Podium script file is detected. This update extends the beta another 30 days and will be the final evaluation build before the official Podium Server release, which is planned for early March.

  • Quick Tip: Network rendering with Podium Server: The Podium Server watch folder makes it possible to create renders over a network using a cloud-syncing service or LAN workgroup to communicate between machines. Read the following page for more information on this technique: Remote/network rendering with Podium Server, and don't forget to download the new build below.

 Download Podium Sever Beta here


 Podium Panorama Tours - Try it now!

The "Panorama tour" feature is live on the Pano server, and ready for you to try. Tours gives you the ability to connect multiple panorama cameras via embedded hotlinks, letting you show an entire multi-room space in a single Panorama URL. Read more about pano tours here or see the following for examples:


 Podium V2.5.x upgrade price increasing in March

The upgrade price from SU Podium V2 to V2.5.x is increasing from $39.99 to $59.99 on March 15th, so don't delay if you plan on updating your Podium licenses to the most up-to-date version.

  • SU Podium V2.5.x is significantly faster, with a competely re-written C++ method that can process a model's geometry and textures up to 10 times faster than the Ruby method in Version 2.
  • Podium Panoramas - SU Podium V2.5.5 and higher also adds the ability to render 360° panoramic images that can be uploaded to the Pano server as an interactive VR presentation. Read more about panoramas here.

  • V2.5.5 includes several additional tools and bug fixes, which are described here.

 Upgrade to SU Podium V2.5.5 here


We're still working tirelessly to expand the Podium Browser catalog. In the past couple weeks we've added 30 new materials, additional trees and plants.....


We're adding new content to Podium Browser every month!  Podium Browser is still only $59.00 and 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.


 Ongoning Webstore Deals

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 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


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.


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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