Podium Walker Installation & Activation

Podium Walker will work on both Windows and Mac, and is compatible with SketchUp Pro and Make.


 Windows Installation Instructions:

Before you begin: If you haven't already done so, please head over to the Podium Walker download page to download the latest version of the software.


1. Windows Installation for SketchUp 2015, 2016 and 2017.

The Podium Walker Windows install is an .rbz installation file, which can be downloaded as either a standalone or zipped .rbz file from the download page. You may download the .rbz file to any folder on your computer.

Note: Internet Explorer 8 may automatically unpack .rbz files so we recommend you use IE 9 or higher, FireFox or Chrome to download .rbz files.


2. Launch the SketchUp Preferences Menu: (Window    Preferences)


3. Installing the .RBZ File: (Extensions    Install extensions)

  • About RBZ files - SketchUp .rbz files are installation files that install extensions (plug-ins) from within SketchUp Pro or Make. You must install the Windows version of Podium Walker from within SketchUp’s Window menu, Preferences/ Extension dialog box or Extension Manager in SketchUp 2017.

Do not attempt to install the Podium Walker .rbz file from outside of SketchUp.


4. Browse to the .RBZ file and Click Open/OK

Remember, the Windows .rbz file will only work with the Windows versions of SketchUp.

Do not use the Podium Walker .rbz Windows version on a Mac, and vise versa.

5. Restart SketchUp

You may need to restart SketchUp for the Podium Walker installation to be complete. Make sure that the Podium Walker Extension is checked on in the Extensions dialog box.

  Activate the Podium Walker license

All users: Activate your Podium Walker license using the Podium Walker pull down menu in the SketchUp Extensions menu. Enter the sixteen alpha numeric license code that you received.

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 Mac Installation Instructions:

Before you begin: If you haven't already done so, please head over to the Podium Walker download page to download the latest version of the software.


1. Mac OS-X Installation

Podium Walker for Mac uses an .rbz installation file, which can be downloaded in zipped or unzipped format from the PW downloads page. Podium Walker will work in SketchUp Pro or Make. Safari may automatically unpack .rbz files so it’s recommended you use FireFox or Chrome to download SketchUp extensions.

Note: Podium Walker will only work on the most latest version of Mac OS-X.


2. Launch the SketchUp Preferences Menu: (File    Preferences)


3. Installing the .RBZ File: (Extensions    Install extensions manager)

  • About RBZ files - SketchUp .rbz files are installation files that install extensions (plug-ins) from within SketchUp. You must install the Mac version of Podium Walker from within SketchUp’s Preferences, Extensions, or Extension Manager menu (for SU 2017)     Extension dialog box.

Do not attempt to install the Podium Walker .rbz file from outside of SketchUp.


4. Browse to the .RBZ file and Click Open/OK

Remember, the Mac .rbz file will only work with the Mac versions of SketchUp.

5. Restart SketchUp

You may need to restart SketchUp for the Podium Walker installation to be complete. Make sure that the Podium Walker Extension is checked on in the Extensions dialog box.

Do not use the Podium Walker .rbz Mac version in Windows, and vise versa.


  Mac Specific Issues: Read – Write Privileges

If your Mac does not have read and write privileges on the SketchUp plugins folder, SketchUp will be unable to install the Extension.

  • SketchUp 2016, 2017: In Finder go to User\Library\Application Support\SketchUp 2014\SketchUp\Plugins\ folder, right click Get Info and make sure that your account has Read & Write privilege.

  Activate the Podium Walker license

All users: Activate your Podium Walker license using the Podium Walker pull down menu in the SketchUp Extension menu. Enter the sixteen alpha numeric license code that you received.

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