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amkeen3

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This may be obvious, but it took me several renderings with Podium v2 to notice, so here's a tip related to shadows and CPU performance:

If you're using an older, slower machine, then you're probably familiar
with the frustration of sketchup becoming unresponsive when toggling shadows on
and off. When shadows are on, responsiveness when navigating or modeling can become really slow, or can even cause a freeze. Often, even turning shadows off can cause
a significant delay and since using shadows can be desirable with Podium renders, this can cause a problem.

One way to get around this is to set up your scenes you want to render with shadows
off. Turn shadows on just before each render. When Podium Rendering Manager finishes, leave it open, return to the SketchUp window, and then click the tab for the next scene (in which shadows are by default turned off). For some reason this always seems to generate a quick response.
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Also, turn off the SketchUp line styles. Jagged edges, profiles, and line extensions also make navigating slower.

What I sometimes do to make this easier, is set up a series of scenes that just configure shadows, turn off textures, etc, so I use this for modelling and switch back for rendering.

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By far the best way to set up a complex scene is to use layers and put all of the complex stuff on different layers - vegetation, vehicles. Then turn them off and set up the sun position. After that, switch to wireframe view, turn other layers on and turn shadows on. Update the scene. Do this for each scene and transition from one to another will be easy and smooth. Podium will render with shadows on as you have set them up. There is also one plugin that was posted here where you can control which layers are set to be hidden but to have them show up in the renderings.
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I always do this, but find that creating predefined views is the best way to control this because you can toggle layer visibility with views.

So I have 'working' views, which turn off some layers with geometry, shadows and textures, and 'display' views where everything is ready for rendering.



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I always have a "fast" scene with a general view of the model, each edit it's the starting point that scene, no shadows, no texture, etc etc.
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