What's New in SU Podium March 2017

 Gallery Forum Images of the Month

This month's slideshow features a stylish 70s style interior by Artlantis, and renders from three additional 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.

Podium Server Update available

Podium Server has been released! The Podium Server stand-alone, network capable render manager is now an official release, and available to purchase in the Cadalog webstore.

  • License price is $198 - Podium Server is priced the same as an individual SU Podium license, but may be used to render scripts from as many other Podium installations as you wish.
  • Network rendering: Podium Server's "watch folder" makes it possible to create renders from a remote machine on a local LAN network, or using any cloud-syncing service as a middleman. Learn more about the network rendering workflow here.
  • Batch rendering: Podium Server can queue hundreds of Podium script files, and gradually process/render as they are detected. This is the ideal way to render multiple scenes from a single model (using GenerateAll, for example), or to queue renders from multiple workstations in the order that they arrive in the "watch" folder.

 Download Podium Server here   |   Buy Podium Server here

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

 Tutorial - Stepping up to the Podium

Follow along with long-time Podium team member, Nick Harvey as he takes a user-submitted model/render, discusses how it can be improved, and then implements the changes to the best of his ability to produce a new image.

In the first entry, Nick goes to work on a residential exterior (seen above), explaining his approach to composition, materials, lighting, and post-processing, and providing tips and insights that can be applied to your everyday rendering.

  Read the tutorial here.

 Podium V2.5.x upgrade price increasing March 31st

The upgrade price from SU Podium V2 to V2.5.x is increasing from $39.99 to $59.99 on March 31st, 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 first half of March we've added over 100 new furniture items by Dania and Divani, and nearly 200 modified 2D face-me people.

Approximately 200 of our 2D face-me people have been modified slightly to improve the illusion that they are standing on the ground, rather than levitating above it. Here is a list containing the modified figures, and a few examples below:

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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