Podium Walker FAQ

This is not recommended. You will likely be able to succesfully install both, however the two plugins contain shared libraries that may cause conflicts. We recommend uninstalling Podium Walker before you start using ProWalker GPU.

If you have multiple users on the same computer, when you open SketchUp Podium Walker will only be available for one user account.

This issue arises due to the directory Trimble has chosen as the default plugin location for SketchUp 2015 and above in Windows:C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\SketchUp\SketchUp 201x\Plugins\. This is a user-specific directory on Windows.

Manually solving this problem

You can manually solve this problem by installing Podium Walker for each user OR copy the folder called Podium Walker and the ruby load file called loadPodiumWalker.rbs to each of the user folders.

So if you have three users, John, Paul, and Ringo, SU Podium would need to be installed or copied to these locations:

  • C:\Users\John\AppData\Roaming\SketchUp\SketchUp 201x\Plugins\
  • C:\Users\Paul\AppData\Roaming\SketchUp\SketchUp 201x\Plugins\
  • C:\Users\ringo\AppData\Roaming\SketchUp\SketchUp 201x\Plugins\

Another Solution: Move Podium Walker to a different directory:

A different solution is to move Podium Walker to this folder:

C:\ProgramData\SketchUp\SketchUp 201x\SketchUp\plugins

This location is "above" the user folder, so if Podium Walker is installed here any user of the same computer can see Podium in SketchUp.

To change:

  1. After installing the PodiumWalker.rbz file, quit SketchUp.
  2. Go to this folder. C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\SketchUp\SketchUp 201x\Plugins\
  3. Copy the file loadPodiumWalker.rbs and the folder PodiumWalker.
  4. Then go to C:\ProgramData\SketchUp\SketchUp 201x\SketchUp\plugins\ and paste loadPodiumWalker.rbs and the folder PodiumWalker to this location.
  5. Go back to C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\SketchUp\SketchUp 201x\Plugins\ and delete the file loadPodiumWalker.rbs/li>

There is a bug in SketchUp. This if you have a user account name that uses multi byte characters, Podium Walker will not load and you will see error messages when you open SketchUp after installing Podium Walker. Multi byte characters are Japanese, Korean, Chinese and some other languages.

Possible solutions:

  1. New Username: Create a new user account name that is English or single byte.
  2. Move Podium Walker to a different directory: A different solution is to move Podium Walker to this folder:

    C:\ProgramData\SketchUp\SketchUp 201x\SketchUp\plugins

    This location is “above” the user folder so if installed here any user of the same computer can see Podium in SketchUp.

SketchUp models may occasionally be too large to be opened by Podium Walker when using a 32 bit operating system with limited system memory

If you have a 64 bit Windows or Mac system, make sure you download the 64 bit version of Podium Walker. For the Mac, from version 1.0.7, the Mac version of Podium Walker uses the universal binary so it will detect whether or not your Mac has a 32 bit or 64 bit OS. But in any case, your system memory (RAM) must be greater than 4gb for Podium Walker to take advantage of the 64 bit operating system. If you have SketchUp models with hundreds of thousands of faces and/ or hundreds of textures they may fail to render. Check your models size by opening it in SketchUp and looking at the model info.

Look at SketchUp’s Model Info and statistics. Make sure Nested Groups is checked on. How many faces does this model have? Is it hundreds of thousands? Millions? If so, you may need to upgrade your RAM memory to greater than 4gb and upgrade to a 64 bit OS.

Delete unnecessary models and components:

Delete any faces and textures that are not needed from your new model. Once deleted, Purge, Save and reopen your purged model. Check Model Info and keep deleting faces and textures until the size of the model is drastically reduced. Podium Walker does not process geometry and textures that are on hidden layers so there’s no need to do the Copy and Paste In Place method.


Update Frequently:

We are constantly upgrading Podium Walker to handle larger files so please check the Podium Walker download page to see if a new free upgrade or update is available. For example, for Mac users upgrading to version 1.2.3 will be beneficial as this version and above can handle models with a large number of textures including the textures on all the leaves of a 3D tree.

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