HDR image-based lighting, changes to Podium Browser, HDR editing now supported in PIE, multi-threaded Podium exporter, and more. Recent Podium Browser uploads include over 80 oil painted wall canvases, and new kitchen assemblies.
Interior image rendered with ProWalker GPU

SU Podium V2.6 has been released to BETA

Version 2.6 is a major feature update and will require a small upgrade fee when it reaches commercial release. The new features are summarized below:

  1. HDR image-based lighting - New lighting alternative for sun/sky.
  2. HDRI background library coming soon to Podium Browser.
  3. Changes to Podium Browser interface and licensing - Podium Browser will now be fully included with Podium V2.6
  4. Render settings can now be saved with individual SketchUp scenes.
  5. Multi-threaded Podium exporter - Processing scenes is faster for large models.
  6. New HDR prests; support for HDR post-processing in PIE with "Adaptive linear tonemapping."

Additionally, V2.6 will be the active update path, meaning a V2.6 license will be required for future incremental updates.

Note - Installing V2.6 beta will start a fresh 30 day trial period. If you previously installed a Podium trial you will be able to test and evaluate V2.6
Learn more about SU Podium V2.6 here

HDR image-based lighting (sometimes called HDRI lighting) is a powerful alternative to the two Podium skies, providing a fast, easy way to light your exterior images under a wide range of lighting conditions.

  • Five HDRI backgrounds are included with V2.6 installation.
  • Approximately 40 additional HDRI backgrounds will be available in Podium Browser.
  • HDRI background becomes both the sky and the light source, simplifying exterior workflow.
  • Use your own - You may add any HDRI as a background option in Podium.

Check out the HDRI introduction video and see some examples on the page below!

HDR image-based ligting in Podium V2.6

Support for .HDR editing in Podium Image Editor

PIE fully supports editing for .HDR renders, and includes a one-click Adaptive Linear tonemapping option.This is a histogram normalization function designed to fix exposure problems without losing your highlights and shadows.

By rendering to HDR and selecting the adaptive tone map, a vastly underexposed render can easily be pulled into an acceptible luminance range, providing a better base for further post-processing and preventing the need to re-render a dark image.

Get started with SU Podium V2.6 here

New ProWalker GPU tutorial - In this video tutorial we explain how to render a 360° turntable animation as you might see in product rendering or industrial design. We first use SU Animate to create a circular camera path, and then import it into ProWalker to set up lighting and render the video.

If you don't have SU Animate, that's fine! A SketchUp file with all the necessary camera paths is provided on the tutorial page below:

Turntable animation with ProWalker GPU

Recent uploads include fifteen Japanese kitchen assemblies, and over 80 pieces of public domain artwork from renowned artists including Van Gogh, Monet, Sargent, Toulouse Lautrec, Winslow Homer, Albrecht Durer, and more.

Japanese Kitchen assemblies

Prints and illustrations

Vincent van Gogh

Tom Thompson and Franklin Carmichael

Sargent, Merritt Chase, Childe Hassam, Theodore Robinson, and more.

Podium Browser contains over 16,500 high-quality models: furniture, light fixtures, plants, and more. All pre-configured with SU Podium materials and textures, and redy to render at the click of a button.

Get Podium Browser here

Ongoing Webstore Deals

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Second license is 25% off: If you already own one license of SU Podium, get the second license for 25% off the list price. Get it here.

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