Podium Walker Installation & Activation

Podium Walker will work on both Windows and Mac, and is compatible with SketchUp 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 as well as SketchUp 8.


 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 8, 2013, 2015-2018.

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 8, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. You must install the Windows version of Podium Walker from within SketchUp’s Window menu, Preferences/ 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 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.

  Activate the Podium Walker license

All users: Activate your Podium Walker license using the Podium Walker pull down menu in the SketchUp Plugins 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 - Maverick & Yosemite only

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 install without any issues for Maverick, Mountain Lion and Lion, and will work in SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, and SketchUp 2016. 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 Maverick or Yosemite.


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 8, 2013,2014, 2015, and 2016. You must install the Windows version of Podium Walker from within SketchUp’s Window menu, Preferences     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.

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 2014, 2015, and 2016: 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.
  • SketchUp 8: In finder go to \Macintosh HD\\Library\Application Support\SketchUp 8\SketchUp\Plugins\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 Plugins menu. Enter the sixteen alpha numeric license code that you received.

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