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SU Podium 1.6 released!

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SU Podium 1.6.1New - SU Podium 1.6 now two to three times faster.

You can make TRUE photo-realistic rendering of your Google SketchUp model without the pain and frustration of learning a complex program. Podium runs completely inside Google SketchUp from start to finish. It uses SketchUp features such as textures, background colors, groups and shadows to achieve impressive results. Podium is intuitive to SketchUp users. Plus, its simple interface cuts the learning curve to minutes instead of days. Make an impression without the pain. SU Podium works with Google SketchUp 6 and 7, Pro or Free, Windows or Mac.

1.6 is faster....much faster. Because Podium 1.6 now supports multi-threading, your dual or quad processors will be used during the raytracing and anti-aliasing process of the rendering. This will lead to two to three times speed increase in rendering times compared to version 1.5. The speed increases depends a lot on the number of processors your computer has and the size of the image resolution. Generally the higher the image resolution, the greater the speed difference from Podium 1.5. Cadalog, Inc. tests have seen speed differences of two to four times. However, be aware that Geometry Process, Mesh building, Photon mapping do not support multi-threading so initially when you start the render, it may not seem that the rendering is going any faster than 1.5. Once the raytracing and anti-aliasing process starts, you will notice the speed difference.

Alpha Transparency. PNG images that have backgrounds that are alpha transparency are now supported in Podium. These images can be placed in SketchUp and will render with transparent backgrounds. There is no need for clip maps anymore.

Free Plants and Trees Library. Cadalog, Inc. has create a drag and drop plug-in for SketchUp which is comprised of dozens of components of plants, trees and shrubs. This is a web dialog based plug-in which simply allows you to drag and drop the various trees and plants. Each plant and tree image is contained in a face me component. Please download from the Registered User page.

Render all scenes- batch rendering of scenes When you choose Render all scenes from the Podium menu and then click Render, Podium will render each scene in the SketchUp model. Podium only renders the scenes with a camera view. The idea behind Render all scenes is that you can use a tool like SU Animate to create a SketchUp walk thru animation. Once you have all the scenes of your SketchUp animation, Podium will render each scene and save each finished image (JPG or PNG). You can then take all the rendered images and use a program like Microsoft's Movie Maker to create a rendered animation video.

One problem is that depending on the resolution size you have chosen, your computer's processors, how much memory you have or a number of other variables, if you have more than 30 scenes, chances are Podium will stop rendering and even crash your SketchUp session. We have found that you may need to setup all your scenes, let Podium render as many as it can, then delete the scenes that were already rendered and start the rendering process over again. We are curious to hear your reaction to this Render all feature. It's definitely a work-in-progress but it can be very useful.

Soft Shadows.A so called "undocumented" feature is soft shadows. This effect is created by opening the SketchUp Shadows Setting dialog box and turning on "Use sun for shading".

  • Known Issues:
    • Default Preset is brighter than 1.5 The default.xml preset in Podium 16 produces brighter images than in 1.5. Default is the fastest preset in Podium 1.6. The additional brightness is not a bug but the way the default preset was designed. It produces particularly brighter images when you use omni lights. If you prefer the Podium 1.5 default settings, use old15.xml.
    • Render all scenes - Does not always complete rendering every scene in the model. You may need to delete the scenes that are successfully rendered and start again.
    • Presets.The default preset is the fastest preset in terms of rendering speed. However, you may notice more brightness with the new default preset. This may require adjusting your original Podium 1.5 settings.
  • Specifications
    • Both the Mac and Windows version of Podium 1.6 will install for Google SketchUp 6 or 7. For Mac, the install is automatic. For the Windows version, please enter the location of your SketchUp 7 program files, if you are installing for SketchUp 7. (Please read the install instructions on the Help page.)
    • Mac version - you must have Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard). We are still selling and supporting Podium 1.5 for Mac users who have not upgraded to Mac OS 10.5.

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The free version will not expire. The free version is exactly the same as the commercial version EXCEPT it only outputs to 230 X 120 and 500 X 500 image resolution sizes.

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