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 SU Podium V2.6.045 was released

SU Podium V2.6.045 was released in August and is available on the download page.

The key feature in this update is the new Podium Browser 2020 interface; this version brings back the left-sidebar navigation and includes some additional sorting options.

This is a free update for SU Podium V2.6 license holders.

Please follow the standard procedure for incremental updates within the same SketchUp version:

  1. Go to Extensions > SU Podium V2.6 > License to open the license mananger, and click "Deactivate" to deactivate your current version.
  2. Close SketchUp
  3. Download and run the uninstall utility that matches your SketchUP version - Uninstall SU Podium
  4. Downlad SU Podium V2.6.045 (if you are the only user on your computer, get the .rbz version) - Download SU Podium
  5. Open SketchUp, and install the .rbz file from the SketchUp Extension manager. Instructions here if needed - Installing SU Podium (.rbz version).

 Podium Browser 2020 standalone was released

This is an update to the "standalone" version of the Podium Browser plugin — in other words, this is the version of Podium Browser that can be installed on its own, without installing the full SU Podium rendering plugin. If you use SU Podium for rendering, please download V2.6.045 instead.

Watch the following video for detailed information about version differences and licensing changes in the Podium Browser 2020 release:

Video Notes - Podium Browser 2020 is the replacement for the older Podium Browser V2.5 interface, and also replaces the current Podium Browser interface in in SU Podium V2.6.

We have stopped all development on Podium Browser V2.5 from this point forward, meaning Podium Browser V2.5 will no longer get any new content. ALL new Podium Browser uploads after this date will be added to Podium Browser 2020.

The main reason for this change is that Podium Browser V2.5 was written using an outdated SketchUp web API that has since been deprecated and replaced with a modern HTML5 support. Podium Browser 2020 improves user experience and ensures future SketchUp version compatibility.

Podium Browser 2020 standalone requires a small upgrade fee of $19.95.

This upgrade fee applies to two types of customer:

  • Customers who own Podium Browser paid content, but do not own/use SU Podium.
  • Customers who own SU Podium V2.5 and also own Podium Browser paid content, but are unable to upgrade to SU Podium V2.6 because of incompatibility with their operating system or SketchUp version.

SU Podium V2.6 users — This update is already integrated into the SU Podium V2.6.045 release (see below). There is NO upgrade fee for SU Podium V2.6 license holders.

 ProWalker GPU V1.2.4 was released

This ProWalker GPU update incorporates the latest NVIDIA Iray SDK

This is mostly an "under-the-hood" update, meaning there are no new features of note, but it integrates the latest version of the Iray render engine. This version includes an update to the OptiX Denoiser, which should mean more accurate denoising in some cases. NVIDIA also reports better stability on RTX graphics cards, and this does seem to be the case — ProWalker V1.2.4 seems to less prone to crashing than V1.2.3 when moving the camera or switching between render modes.

Before you update:

  1. Uninstall your previous ProWalker GPU version - Open the Extension Manager and click "Uninstall" next to ProWalker.
  2. Update your GPU driver if you do not have the latest.

 Latest Podium Browser uploads

Recent Podium Browser uploads include office chairs, shower enclosures, timber and terrazzo materials, outdoor umbrellas, bathroom vanities, and additional plants.

Office chairs

Timber floor materials

Terrazzo materials

Shower enclosures

New plants:

Outdoor umbrellas

Save $40 on Podium Browser when you upgrade to SU Podium V2.6

All SU Podium V2.6 licenses come with full access to Podium Browser paid content, which contains over 20,000 high quality, render-ready components, with additional models, materials, and light fixtures being added every month.

If you are already an SU Podium V2.5 user, purchasing the V2.6 upgrade for $59 is currently the most cost effective way to gain access Podium Browser content.

Podium Browser is still available as a standalone plugin for only $99.00. 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 to see the latest.

 Ongoing Webstore Deals

ProWalker GPU is a versatile visualization plugin that uses the NVIVIA Iray render engine and CUDA based GPUs to produce photorealistic still images and fly-through animations. ProWalker is 35% off for existing Podium users. Start a free trial here

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