What's New in SU Podium for SketchUp - September 2019

Render by Zeus Shih

Render by Zeus Shih

Render by Cadalog, Inc

Render by Murat Art

Render by Murat Art

 SU Podium V2.6.040 update

SU Podium V2.6.040 update — A new update has been released for SU Podium V2.6 with several bugfixes, including the following:

  1. Problem preventing Mac Mojave users from downloading items from Podium Browser V3 has been fixed.
  2. Problem with texture scale rendering incorrectly when materials applied to groups instead of faces.
  3. Problem changing the light color for omni and spot lights.
  4. Fixes lingering licensing issues from earliest V2.6 releases -- anyone who purchased V2.6 in late July or early August is especially recommended to update.

This is a free update for licensed SU Podium V2.6 Users. You no longer need to deactivate your license and uninstall previous versions when installing a V2.6.x to V2.6.x update — follow the instructions here when installing an incremental update.

  Still using SU Podium V2.5? Consider purchasing the V2.6 upgrade

  • SU Podium V2.6 adds support for HDR image-based lighting - Light your renders with 360° HDRI backgrounds.
  • 30+ HDRI sky/background options available in Podium Browser for use in image-based lighting.
  • Changes to Podium Browser interface and licensing - Podium Browser is now fully included with all Podium V2.6 licenses.
  • Multi-threaded Podium exporter - Processing scenes is faster for large models.

 ProWalker GPU V1.2.1 with RTX support

SU Podium V1.2.1 has been released, and now fully supports RT cores in NVIDIA's new RTX graphics card series.

  • NVIDIA Iray now takes full advantage of the RT cores in RTX series GPUs, including all variants of the GTX 2060, 2070, and 2080. In summary: RT cores are optimized for raytracing and promise substantial speed increases (up to 3x faster) for those cards that can take advantage.
  • In practice, the speed increase varies from scene to scene, and the difference seems to be most pronounced when rendering models with high geometric complexity (ie - millions of faces, trees, etc.)
  • License exchange required - ProWalker V1.2 uses an updated license server. If you already own a ProWalker GPU license but have not yet updated to ProWalker V1.2, you will need to do an "automatic" license swap for a new license key. Please read the instructions beneath the download table when updating:

 Recent Podium Browser Uploads

Recent Podium Browser uploads include timber veneer materials, additional trees and plants, new bathroom faucets and mirrors, and two new motorcycles.

Timber veneer materials

Over 50 2D camera-facing plants


Faucet hardware

Bathroom mirrors

Additional vehicles

We're adding new content to Podium Browser every month!

Podium Browser is now fully included with all SU Podium V2.6 licenses — if you are a V2.5 user but don't have a Podium Browser license, the V2.5 to V2.6 upgrade is currently the most cost effective way to access Podium Browser content ($59.95). Podium Browser is still available as a standalone plugin for only $79.00 The library includs over 20,000 of high quality, render ready components, with additional models, materials, and light fixtures being added every month.

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

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

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