SU Podium V2 Trial Released - Public Beta 0.50 Win/Mac

A new version of SU Podium V2 has been released - Beta .50 Trial for Win/ Mac. This V2 Beta version is open to all. There are no requirements to download. Start evaluating, using and producing beautiful, high quality images from your SketchUp models with this new SU Podium version.

This Beta trial version will expire on September 15, 2010. We expect to release the full version of V2.0 on or before August 31, 2010. Purchase Podium 1.7.3 now for $179 and upgrade at no charge to V2 (save $29).

The trial version has one major limitation - rendered image resolution size will not exceed the SketchUp viewport size.

Unlike previous SU Podium V2 betas, there is no requirements to download this trial beta. You do not need a Podium 1.X license to use this trial beta.

Click Here to read about what's new in V2 Beta. Download is here.

Visit the V2 gallery for the latest renders.

Fredo' s Curvloft (Beta) Update

Fredo has released an update to his Curviloft Loft and Skinning plugin for SketchUp . This brings the version up to 1.0c. Although still not out of beta, it offers some new features and bug-fixes over the previous beta:

Curviloft 1.0c – LibFredo6 3.5c – 20 Aug 10: Third beta version, dedicated to fix bugs in Loft by Spline and Skinning. Loft Along Path is still not fully functional. Main evolutions are (more details):

* Skinning accept preselection of contours in more cases. Thanks to Daniel S. for signaling some configurations not working. Also some problems mentioned by Mac users should normally be fixed.
* For Loft Along Path, improvements for cases with a single contour (kind of FollowMe)

On top of potential bugs and geometry issues (including bugsplats), there are still some limitations and unfinished work:

* VCB is not active
* No interactive edition in the floating palette
* B-Spline and F-Spline do not close nicely in loop mode
* No later reedition of shape generated (this will come)
* all texts and labels are not reviewed yet

via SketchUcation Forums

And More Plugins...

Picking up where we left off last time, the past weeks have brought another slew of Sketchup plugins to the SketchUp community.

SU2POV 3.3
Didier Bur announced version 3.3 of his POV-Ray exporter for SketchUp: SU2POV.

Vertex Tools 1.0.0
Thomas Thomassen's first commercial Sketchup plugin, Vertex Tools, adds some great vertex/organic modeling capabilities to SketchUp. Visit Thom's site for details, documentations, and downloads.

Thom also released a free, experimental  plugin called Component Comparison which "Compares components for geometric similarities - replaces the instances of similar definitions to use the same definition."

Twisted Torus & Menger Sponge
Regular Polygon continues releasing some very cool geometric plugins. This time with 2 new (and  free)  offerings for creating regular and twisted torus, and 3d fractal Menger Sponge. Visit the Regular Polygon blog for details and downloads.

Light Up 1.9
LightUp version 1.9 was released earlier this year and it included a time-saving, built-in IES browser. Along with 1.9, LightUp Player was released. LightUp Player is a stand-alone program that lets people view your LightUp files without them needing to own the full version.

Also on the LightUp pages is a tutorial video showing how to add an animated flame in LightUp. See LightUp's resources page for that, and more LightUp tutorials.

LightUp's developer, AdamB, also posted a little plugin called Scene Tweaker, that "allows you to quickly tweak the position and orientation of Scene Cameras." Check it out on Sketchucation Forums.

Google Spreadsheet Link Plugin
morisdov released a plugin that can link a model's attributes to a Google Docs Spreadsheet. Visit morisdov's plugin site for information and download. And if you're interested in object animation in Sketchup, be sure to check out his "proper animation" plugin which lets you easily animate objects between Scenes.

Wudworx Board Maker
Wudworx has released their 3rd woodworking plugin for SketchUp. Board Maker makes making boards about as easy as it gets. Board dimensions can be precisely entered, and the boards are added to the model as Components for re-use. Wudworx's other plugins include a Dovetail and a Mortise & Tenon plugin.

sahi's plugins
Sketchucation member sahi posted 2 new plugins. One is called Copy Brick and is an on-screen tool for transforming components as you place them in a model.  The 2nd, Create Image (rotate) exports a set of images of a model which can then be sewn together to create an animated fly-around; very similar to the Web Exporter released by Google.

TIG's plugins
TIG released 2 new plugins: Gradient Tools which adds text tags to faces and edges showing their gradient; and Fix Reversed Face Materials which helps fix back-faces facing outward as well as fixing materials applied to the wrong side of faces.

gavvy's plugins
SCF member gavvy released a plugin that toggles all of your toolbars between visible and invisible. It goes by the name Show and Hide your Toolbars. Note it's all or nothing - you don't get to choose which toolbars are toggled.

That's all for now, thanks for reading.

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