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kugelfisch

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The podium browser does not open for me. Whenever I press the button, nothing happens.

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Hi,

I been testing version 2.6 and so far it's been great. My only problem is with the new version of the Podium Browser. It's painfully slow. The other version was way more faster. This is a major hit in the workflow. The time I spend searching for the assets it's almost 3 times bigger.
I hope this can be fixed because the older version, in this particular subject was better.

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Unfortunately, the new Browser does appear to be slower than the old one. It may be caching thumbnails for the first time though.

We're looking into ways of improving performance.

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Is there a fix for the licence issue? I can't download anything from the Browser as it says I don't have a licence: I thought the Beta didn't require one at the moment? I do have one for 2.5 Browser.

I find the Browser very slow, and if you click on the Browser opening button once it's already open (rather than finding the window hidden behind your current window) it opens back on the home page, which can be frustrating as its harder to navigate than the old one.
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Hi meitme, the Podium part of V2.6 beta doesn't need a license but Podium Browser does.

Please send an email to support@cadalog-inc.com including your Podium Browser serial number and I'll send you a V2.6 beta license as soon as I can. Traveling today, but if you email before about 1:00 PST, I should be able to reply.

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I am not sure if this should be qualified as a bug.....you simply need to click on Panorama twice now.  I think it's because we switched over to HTML5 dialog boxes. So click on Panorama twice to get the 2:1 aspect ratio. We will see if we can fix this.

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When you choose Panorama, the size doesn't automatically adjust the other value, such as in V2.5
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There is a new version of V2.6 - V2.6.017 which fixes the License in Use problem.  It's available now in the V2.6 download page.
You will have to remove your previous V2.6.014 version.
And after install V2.6.017 (Beta 2), activate your same V2.6 beta license and then restart Sketchup to get Podium Browser working.
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Nice tests.  You might notice that the best results with HDIR/ IBL backgrounds is using fine_AA to get rid of the noise.  It does take a lot longer to render though.

Are these glasses using Thick glass from PB?


this one with morning_01.hdr and Adaptive Linear Tone map.
sun001.png 
and some sunsets.
sun003.png 


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Thanks Dave,
yes, the glass uses the Advanced Glass from the Podium browser.
For the wine I used about the same settings, although I had to switch the materials front and back to get a good result. (...?) And a refraction of 1.33. Where the wine touches the glass I have only the wine material. Oh yeah, and I made for the foot a glass material that didn't cast shadows, because it's was turning out unnaturally dark under the foot.
(The rendering is of course done with caustic and translucent coloring. )
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First REPLY on Podium Browser V2.6.017.
I installed the new version, (first did an uninstall) but I'm missing some items at the browser interface? I entered the Beta license.
- I'm missing the 'New in Podium Browser' ?
- I can't see difference between paid or free.
- and Favorites wants a license entered?
Knipsel.jpg 

speed seems normal, I didn't really experience trouble with downloading. (HDR Evening_02 (333Mb) in less then 2 minutes.)

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drawovis

1.  Recent items.  All the recent items are displayed in the Home page among various categories.  There is no longer a Show Recent Only button.  If you go to a specific category, the recent items are what shows up in the first row.

2. Favorites - when you click a star on a thumbnail, that item gets placed into the Favorites which at the bottom of the home page.   Browser has no license code anymore. It checks to see if you have an activated Podium V2.6 license.  You may have to restart SketchUp to complete the activation.

3. Recently used - we don't have that.  I kind of miss that myself.  Will try to convince Andrew to bring this back.

4.Something to keep in mind, if you want to go back to the "traditional" PB, you can use Extensions Manager and install it.  Both PB V2 and PBV3 work in the same SketchUp.  But PV V2 needs a 16 digit license (will not work with V2.6 license). Hope that makes sense.

Download PB V2 from here -http://www.suplugins.com/podiumbrowser/help/pb-install.php
Download the .zip file and unzip it to make it an .rbz.  Then use Extension Manager to install.
It's not Trimble signed right now because the Trimble Extension sign system is having problems.  But I'm trying to get PB V2 signed but signed or not, it works fine.

5. I read a comment about PB V3 being slower.  It is slower initially because it loads all the thumbnails and cache them.  But, I think finding things are much faster once you get used to it.  keep you right mouse button down and scroll the rows.

Also, you only need to open PB V3 once, it stay open in the background at the same category.  So you don't need to keep opening and closing it which for me speeds things up.
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Thanks Dave,
yes, the glass uses the Advanced Glass from the Podium browser.
For the wine I used about the same settings, although I had to switch the materials front and back to get a good result. (...?) And a refraction of 1.33. Where the wine touches the glass I have only the wine material. Oh yeah, and I made for the foot a glass material that didn't cast shadows, because it's was turning out unnaturally dark under the foot.
(The rendering is of course done with caustic and translucent coloring. )


You may be very few "power" users I know that use Caustic.  Does it make any difference?  I'm asking purely out of curiosity and trying learn something from you.  I've never seemed to make it work on water for example. I know we took a stab at improving it though.

Big Stick - weigh in on this?
Justin?
Nat?
Guys have some insight with caustic. I keep telling customers to turn it off because it makes the rendering time longer. Have I been giving bad info?
kugelfisch

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Originally Posted by kugelfisch
The podium browser does not open for me. Whenever I press the button, nothing happens.

Sketchup 2018 Pro
SU Podium v2.6.014_x64 Beta
Win 10 Pro (1809)


Same problem with the new version (V2.6.017).
Beta license is available.

What might be the problem?[confused]
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I've used caustic and translucent ONLY in this case because I wanted to replicate light passing through a colored liquid as natural as possible.
in the next example is more clearly what I wanted to accomplice.
glasofwine-tut-2 2018-10-18 23074200000.png 
It's lighted with a omni light. The Caustic makes the light break through the wine and glass in this way. (correct me if I'm wrong)

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Here's another example of using caustic: this is a scrndump of the SU model: (see the stairs)
Knipsel.jpg 
here you see the render with caustic on; the light breaking through the water is quite different. No, I got it wrong; this is caused by refraction. (sorry)
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