The Asset Library is available in all the CAD systems, which the exception of Revit 2015 and 2016. The Asset Library is currently not available in the beta version of the Vectorworks plugin; the function should be added in the future.
The Asset Library can be opened via the Enscape Menu or via the Asset Library’s associated Toolbar icon.
Asset Library icon in Revit
The icon shown here in SketchUp will appear the same in Rhino and in ArchiCAD.
Asset Library icon in SketchUp, Rhino and ArchiCAD
After selecting the Asset Library option, either from the Enscape menu or via its toolbar icon, the Asset Library window will open with all the available assets, which are grouped by category.
At the top left of the Asset Library window there is a search facility to search by name. Below this search field, the asset categories are shown and include a Favorites category. Below that are the options to filter results by Tag.
Mousing over one of the assets will reveal its name. You will also see a gray star appear next to the asset, indicating the asset has not yet been marked as a Favorite.
Asset Library Window
Select your asset
Clicking on the gray star next to an asset will change the color of the star from gray to gold, indicating the asset is now marked as a Favorite. This asset is then listed in the Favorite category, until you click the star again which will remove it from the Favorite category.
Mark an asset as a Favorite
Once you have selected the asset you want, by clicking in your CAD’s active window or view port, you can place the asset in your scene, after which it will appear in the Enscape window.
To exit the placement of assets, close Enscape’s Asset Library window.
We have three ways to place an asset in Revit.
The option available are:
These options are available by clicking on a button that is displayed when hovering over one of the assets in the Asset Library.
Location of the asset placement button in the Asset Library for Revit
Click on that button to reveal the three options available to you.
The asset's placement options menu
Place asset on surface (default)
To place the asset on a surface, select the first menu option.
When you now hover your mouse in the Revit viewport, you will see a small cross-hairs pointer, and each surface that you hit with the pointer will highlight in blue.
Select the target surface you want to place the asset on.
Select target surface
Once the surface is selected, placing the asset will be helped by Revit showing you some Guides.
Guide lines in Revit
Once placed, press the ESC key until the Asset Library comes back in focus, and the asset will then appear in Enscape.
Asset placed on surface and show in Enscape
Place asset on active work plane
Placing an asset on an active Work Plane means you should elect which surface you should select the active work place first.
You should first select the Work Plane which you can do in Revit via the Architecture –> Work Plane –> Set option.
Select the active Work Plane
Select the Place asset on active work plane option from the assets menu, and once you hover your mouse over the Revit viewport, you will see Revit Guides as well as the low pow poly model of the asset you want to place into your project.
Asset and Guides
Once happy with the placement, then click to place. and asset will be placed, but only on the active Work Plance. You can carry on placing more instances of the asset up until you press the ESC key twice, which will drop the asset and bring the Asset Library back into focus for you to either choose another asset to place, or close the Asset Library.
Place more assets
Pressing the ESC key before placing the second asset, and pressing ESC a second time will close the Asset Library and Enscape will then show the placed asset, as well as any further instances of the asset that were placed into the project.
The asset is placed and displayed in Enscape.
Link Revit family to asset
Choosing this option to place an asset will open up a window names Select Target Family where a list of the families that are already placed in the project will be shown.
Select Target Family
Here you can see we want to place the asset where ever the Bar Chair appears. So we select Bar Chair from the Target Family window.
Select the Target Family to replace with the asset
This will then replace the target family in the Enscape window with the asset you chose from the Asset Library.
The Target Family has been replaced by the asset
Close the Asset Library when finished placing the assets.
Placing the asset in a Sketchup project can be easily achieved because Sketchup will indicate placement to a surface with ‘On Face’ being displayed in the Sketchup viewport.
Asset placement as indicated in Sketchup
The asset will stick to your mouse movement until the location for the asset has been chosen and you have clicked in the SketchUp viewport. This will place the asset, which will be instantly displayed in the Enscape window if Enscape’s Live update is enabled.
Asset placement in SketchUp
In the SketchUp window the asset will be displayed in white, and the next asset becomes immediately available for placement. To cancel any further placement of the asset pressing the Esc key will exit the Asset Library.
The next asset is ready to be placed in your scene.
Here’s a video showing placement of an Enscape Asset into SketchUp.
Of course, being able to place multiple instances of the same asset can have its advantages when it comes to placing things like plants and trees.
Multiple instances of one asset
Placing the asset in Rhino can be performed in any of Rhino’s Viewports. Choose the surface you want to place the asset on in Rhino so that the surface is highlighted in yellow.
Choose the asset from the Asset Library, and in the active Rhino viewport Rhino will indicate where the Asset can be placed with a small cross hair and the text box ‘OnSrf’ will appear in the Rhino Viewport.
Initial asset placement in Rhino
Once you click again in the active Rhino viewport, the asset will be placed and will be immediately visible in the Enscape window if Enscape’s Live Update is enabled.
Asset placement in Rhino
Here’s a video showing Enscape asset placement in Rhino.
Placing multiple instances of assets is possible in Rhino, but once an asset has been placed, the Asset Library will come back in focus and you are forced to choose the next asset you wish to place in your scene.
To place an asset in ArchiCAD, open the asset library and choose your asset. Hover the mouse in the active ArchiCAD 3D viewport, and you will see that a shaded area that represents the footprint of the asset will be displayed on the surface where your mouse is hovering over.
Asset placement indicator in ArchiCAD
Once you have chosen the location you would like to place your asset, left click and the asset will appear in the ArchiCAD viewport, whilst also appearing fully rendered in the Enscape window.
The asset is now placed in the ArchiCAD project.
Here’s a video showing placement of Enscape Assets in ArchiCAD.
If you then want to place another instance of the same asset, you must return to the Asset Library window and re-select the asset, or select another asset for placement, whereby you will repeat the above process.
To place an Enscape Asset from the Asset Library into a Vectorworks project, you first need to open up the Enscape Asset Library dialog. Before doing that you should make sure that you are in a 3D View in Vectorworks and that you have Enscape open so you can see the placed asset in the Enscape Viewport. Once you open the Asset Library, it will lock the general Vectorworks UI for as long as the Asset Library is open.
Location of Enscape Asset Library button in Vectorworks
Select the asset you want to place in your project from the Asset Library, here we have selected a tree, and bring the mouse over the Plan View Vectorworks viewport, where you will be shown the bounding box of the asset.
Asset Library dialog open in Vectorworks
You can mark assets as a Favorite by clicking on the star icon at the top left of an asset. This will also add the asset into the Favorites folder, which will also amending the number in brackets to account for you adding to that folder.
Mark Asset as Favorite
The bounding box here is indicated by the orange arrow. Once you are sure of the location of where you want to drop the asset, click the left mouse button.
Asset Placement in Plan View
After you have clicked to place the asset, the next phase will be to adjust the rotation. When doing this a small text box will appear showing some values, included the degree of rotation. Once you are happy with the rotational degree, click the left mouse button once again to end the placement process of that asset.
Asset Rotation in Vectorworks.
This will result in the asset being shown in the Vectorworks window, which will be orange in color, and then another bounding box will appear to indicate that the asset is still active for another instance to be placed.
Asset is placed and is ready for another instance to be placed.
The asset will also appear in the Enscape Viewport at this stage.
Asset is visible in Enscape
After you have finished placing assets, click on the Vectorworks Basic Selection Tool to bring the Asset Library window back in focus, at which point you can close the dialog using the X in the Asset Library’s dialog window’s title bar.
Asset placed and inactive in the Vectorworks' window