What's New in SU Podium for SketchUp - October 2018

SU Podium V2.6 Beta is now available with HDRI lighting!

Created by Matt Leavell with ProWalker GPU

Dental reception concept by Zeus Shih - Mr. Cloud

Render by Ben Smits - Portfolio

Render by Andrew Trodler

 SU Podium V2.6 BETA with HDR image-based lighting

SU Podium V2.6 has been released for Beta testing

Version 2.6 is considered a major feature update and will require a small upgrade fee. Here is what's coming in the first V2.6 release:

  1. HDR image-based lighting - New lighting alternative for sun/sky.
  2. 40 HDRI backgrounds available in Podium Browser
  3. Changes to Podium Browser interface and licensing - Podium Browser will be fully included with SU Podium V2.6 license.
  4. Added support for 32-bit .HDR post-processing in PIE with "Adaptive linear tonemapping."
  5. Multi-threaded Podium exporter - Processing scenes is faster for large models.
  6. New set of presets for rendering to .HDR.

Additionally, V2.6 will be the active update path in the future, meaning all future updates to SU Podium will require a V2.6 license. Incremental V2.6xx updates will be free. Information about upgrade pricing will be available closer to the official V2.6 release.

 HDR Image-based lighting in SU Podium V2.6

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

When HDRI lighting is active, the chosen HDR becomes an all-in-one solution for the sky, background, and natural lighting in your render. This streamlines the exterior rendering workflow and provides several advantages:

  • Realistic reflections due to 360° sky and background.
  • Never have to worry about adding a background in post-processing; shadows, exposure, and tonal quality always match.
  • Ability to quickly see your model in several lighting scenarios without any extra work. Switch from clear to cloudy, from morning, to afternoon, to sunset, simply by picking a different background.
  • Easy solution for product/studio rendering.

 V2.6 - Improved .HDR rendering and editing workflow

SU Podium V2.6 makes it much easier for users to take advantage of an .HDR rendering workflow. There are two changes that make this possible.

  1. A set of .HDR presets are now included by default in the V2.6 installation. These presets provide a better base for rendering to the .HDR image format.
  2. Podium Image Editor now fully supports editing of .HDR images, and includes a new one-click HDR tonemapping option called "Adaptive linear." 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 while enhancing areas of local contrast. This provides a much better base for further post-processing and prevents the need to re-render an image that probably would not have been salvageable without the added robustness of the HDR format.

 ProWalker GPU - Rendering a 360° turntable animation

This tutorial explains how to create a circular camera path using SU Animate and then import it into ProWalker GPU to render the 360° turntable animation seen below:

If you don't have SU Animate, that's not a problem! A SketchUp file containing several circular camera paths has been provided on the tutorial page below, so you can simply replace the Vespa and render a 360° animation with your own subject.

 Podium Browser - V2.6 license changes and recent uploads:

Starting in SU Podium V2.6, Podium Browser will be fully included with SU Podium

This means that anyone who owns a Podium V2.6 license will have access to the full library of Podium Browser components (normally $59). This also means there will be two upgrade "tiers" for SU Podium V2.6 with a reduced upgrade fee for users who already own a Podium Browser license. This will not take effect until Podium V2.6 is released commercially.

Recent Podium Browser uploads:

Fifteen Japanese / small-space kitchen assemblies, and over 80 oil painting wall canvases from famous artists in the public domain including Van Gogh, Monet, John Singer Sargent, Childe Hassam, Theodore Robinson, Winslow Homer, Maria Sibylla Merian, and more.

Over 80 wall canvases from several famous artists.

Claude Monet

John Singer Sargent

Canadian Group of Seven - Tom Thompson and Franklin Carmichael

Vincent van Gogh

Prints and Illustrations - Maria Sibylla Merian, Albrecht Durer, Ernst Haeckel

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.

 Ongoing Webstore Deals

Upgrade now for a 10x speed increase during the "Processing scenes" render pass, Podium Panoramas, improved Podium Image Editor, analyse tool and material improvements.

Upgrade to V2.5 here

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.

Get Podium Browser here

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.

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