SU Podium is a photo-realistic rendering software program that works entirely as a plug-in to SketchUp Pro or Google SketchUp 5 or 6 (Windows only, Mac coming).SU Podium is referred to as Podium for short.
Podium works entirely inside SketchUp and uses SketchUp’s surfaces, textures, views, background color and shadows to produce photo-realistic images.It also works with SketchUp groups. Anyone familiar with SketchUp modeling features will find Podium to be very easy to use. It does not require you to learn a lot of complicated rendering techniques.
Podium employs a very simple user interface inside SketchUp. The two main options in the user interface are the amount of lighting and the amount of reflection applied to each surface.