Info about SketchUp 2017 for existing users
SU Podium V2.5.5X is compatible to SketchUp 2017, 2016 and 2015 Win/Mac.
Uninstall first: Before you install a new version of SU Podium, you should uninstall previous versions from your machine. Please download the appropriate uninstall utility here:
You can make beautiful, photo-realistic rendering of your SketchUp model without the pain and frustration of learning a complex program. SU Podium runs completely inside SketchUp from start to finish. It uses SketchUp features such as materials and shadows to achieve impressive results. SU Podium is intuitive to SketchUp users. Plus, its simple interface cuts the learning curve to minutes instead of months.
V2.5.1 builds on the foundation established with the recent V2.5+ release, and in many ways this is a bigger release than the last one. On top of the faster C++ exporter added in V2.5, V2.5.1 introduces the following new features:
SU Podium V2.5.1+
SU Podium V2.5.1 Plus employs a significantly improved Podium Exporter that is written in C++.
Previous versions used a very efficient ruby code to export SketchUp geometry, textures, camera and sun position to Podium’s raytracing engine. However, the C++ Podium Exporter can export geometry and materials to the raytracing engine much faster. In many cases 10 times faster. In fact, V2.5.1 is 50% faster than V2.5.As you know, with large models, processing and parsing scenes can often be the longest stage in the entire rendering process. So for large models, the speed difference can be several minutes or more in rendering time.
This Lake House model from has 768,000 faces and 145 materials. On a very fast Windows 7 machine (Intel i7 4960X), with V2.18.972, processing scenes and parsing UV maps took 12 minutes. On the same computer with V2.5.x the geometry and materials exports took 43 seconds. We expect this speed performance will increase even more in the next free update.
Other New Features in SU Podium V2.5.1 Plus: In addition to the C++ Exporter, V2.5 Plus adds a number of other tools, fixes, and workflow improvements:
Improved Depth of Field in Podium Image Editor
New Analyse Tools to help flag and troubleshoot problems with your model.
Added support for TIFF image files.
Integrated fixes for numerous texturing and material issues, including UV distortion, flipped texture files, and “unknown symbol” messages.
Processing Scenes is even faster – V2.5 implemented a switch from Ruby to C++, which increased the speed that Podium can process large models and textures by 10 times. In v2.5.1 we’ve continued refining the exporter, and are extremely happy that speeds have increased even further.
Control Shadow Casting – In addition to panoramas, we’ve added an option to Podium to let users toggle shadow casting on and off for specific items. This is particularly useful if you’re using image planes and other geometry in your scene for realistic reflections, but don’t want them casting shadows.
Improved 2.0 Presets – In V2.5.1 we have introduced improved versions of Podium’s presets. For the 2.0 presets, we’ve made small adjustments to indirect illumination and light bounce settings, which will give more weight to global illumination. In general, the 2.0 presets will distribute light more evenly, and the overall renders will be somewhat brighter at default exposure levels. As always, it is important to experiment with settings to determine which preset will best server your scene.
Bug Fixes- A number of bug fixes were taken care of in this new release. Read here.
Remember – Podium V2.5.1 is a free update for all users that have already upgraded to SU Podium V2.5 Plus. If you are still using Podium V2 or V2+, there is a small fee of £19.50 to upgrade to V2.5.