The Asset Library is available in all the CADs Enscape is available for and it can be opened via the Enscape Menu or via the Enscape Asset Library toolbar button that you will find integrated into the CAD toolbar.
Enscape does not need to be running to open the Asset Library so, once the associated button is clicked, the Asset Library will open and you can browse the library for the asset you want to use.
Assets use simplified, white textured, placeholders for reference in the CAD viewport to keep project file sizes low. If you want to view the asset with textures, then you will need to start up Enscape which can be done without having to close the Asset Library dialog.
The Enscape Asset Library on initial opening
The Asset Library is a feature that functions online by default, but the assets are also available in an ‘Offline Mode’, meaning the assets can now be downloaded for offline use. To do this, check the Offline Enscape Assets checkbox to be found at the bottom right hand side of the Asset Library window.
Offline Assets checkbox
Once that is checked, a dialog will appear requesting that you define the location you would like the Offline Assets to be stored.
CAUTION: the warning that any contents of the selected directory will be deleted, so make sure to choose a dedicated folder that will only contain these downloaded Offline Assets, otherwise you may lose some files that you may otherwise have wanted to keep.
Define the location to store the Offline Assets
Another dialog will appear asking if you want to download the latest versions of all the assets, or use the existing cached assets, meaning only those assets that have been placed in the CAD and rendered once in the Enscape viewport.
Choose between the latest version or locally cached version of assets to use.
Selecting ‘Download’ may result in you having to wait for all assets to download (depending on internet speed, but on a good cable connection this should take approx. 5 minutes) and a progress bar will be displayed at the bottom of the Asset Library dialog to indicate the process.
Progress bar showing the progress of the download
To revert to the online asset library again, just uncheck the ‘Offline Enscape Assets’ checkbox option.
You will also notice a tab for Custom Assets which allows you to upload and use your own assets in your projects and this is covered in depth here.
Location of Custom Asset Library
Only the tree assets are animated (although the Enscape special Grass material and the Enscape sky are also animated). The degree of animation of these assets is affected by the Wind Settings in the Visual Setting’s Atmosphere tab, so you will need Enscape running to change these settings. The Intensity will affect how strongly the assets animate and the Direction Angle will affect the direction, in degrees, that the wind is blowing from.
It’s worth mentioning that this feature does not affect any Custom Assets.
Wind Settings in Visual Settings dialog
It’s also worth noting that some assets animate by default, such as vegetation, but only when moving around and for approximately another 2 seconds after coming to rest. You can allow the assets to animate all the time by disabling Restmode. This option can be found via the CAD toolbar by clicking its associated button which will open Enscape’s General Settings dialog, where the option is found under Performance.
Rest Mode disabled, assets will always animate
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.
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
Placing an asset on an active Work Plane means you need to select the work plane you want to place the asset on.
Select Architecture –> Work Plane –> Set, and in the Revit dialog, a drop down will allow you to see what levels there are.
In the following example we want the ‘Terrace Level’.
Select the active Work Plane
Once you have decided which work plane you want to place the asset on, select the Place asset on active work plane (default) option for the asset. Once you hover your mouse over the Revit viewport, you will see some Revit ‘Guides’ as well as a low poly proxy of the asset to assist in placement within the project.
Don’t click yet, first check that the correct Level is also selected from the drop down associated with the Modify | Site Component option in Revit.
Check the level is correctly selected before placing asset
Click to place the asset. The asset proxy model will turn slightly darker in the Revit viewport, indicating the asset is ‘placed’.
You can carry on placing more instances of the asset up until you press the [ESC] key twice, which will drop the current asset and bring the Asset Library back into focus for you to either choose another asset, or close the Asset Library.
Pressing the [ESC] key before placing the second asset, and pressing [ESC] a second time will close the Asset Library and Enscape will update the view appropriately.
Placing asset on work plane in Revit
To place the asset on a surface, select the second menu option next to the asset you want to place.
Then, hover your mouse in the Revit viewport and you will see a small cross-hairs pointer and each surface that you hit with the pointer will highlight in blue.
Once the surface is selected, placing the asset will be helped by Revit showing you some guides so you then just have to left click to place the asset.
Select target surface
Once placed, press the [ESC] key to stop placing more instances of the asset and until the Asset Library comes back in focus. The asset will then appear in Enscape.
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
IN the following example, to place the asset where ever the Bar Chair appears, we select Bar Chair from the Target Family window.
This will then replace the target family in the Enscape window with the asset you chose from the Asset Library.
Close the Asset Library when finished placing the assets.
Select the Target Family to replace with the asset
To remove a linked asset from a Revit family, you can open up the Revit Family Parameters dialog and remove the EnscapeAssetI, which will remove the link.
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.
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 as long as Enscape’s Live Updates is enabled.
In the SketchUp window the asset will be displayed in white, and another of the same asset becomes immediately available for placement, useful for placing multiple instances of an asset. To cancel any further placement of the asset pressing the [ESC] key will exit the Asset Library.
Adjusting the asset’s rotation or position further must be done after asset placement using the native SketchUp tools.
Asset placement in Sketchup
Initial asset placement in Rhino
Place asset on surface (default)
Using this option, open the Asset Library, click the menu next to the asset and choose Place asset on surface (default). Then, move the mouse into the Rhino viewport you want to use, choose the surface you want to place the asset on so that the surface is highlighted in yellow in the Rhino Viewport.
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 next to that small cross hair.
Left click to place the asset. As long as Live Updates is enabled, the asset will show instantly in the Enscape viewport.
Surface placement of asset in Rhino
Place asset on base plane
This option will place the asset on the base plane (also known as the Construction-Plane or C-Plane) only.
In the following example, we’ve removed everything from the project apart from the floor and ceiling and an asset that has already been placed on the floor plane. The we set the ceiling to be the C-Plane in order to demonstrate this type of placement.
Asset placement in Rhino
Placing multiple instances of assets in Rhino is possible, but once one asset has been placed, the Asset Library will come back in focus and you are forced to choose the next asset, or the same 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.
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. You may need to rotate and align it to the surface using the appropriate ArchiCAD tools.
To place a different or another instance of the same asset, return to the Asset Library make a fresh selection.
Asset placement in Rhino
To place an Enscape Asset from the Asset Library into a Vectorworks project, make sure the surface you want to place the asset on is an Active Layer in Vectorworks.
Then open the Asset Library, choose your asset and mouse over the location you want to place the asset in the Vectorworks’ viewport. Click once to place, which will then allow you to also rotate the asset (around the Y axis). Once rotated, click again to make the placement final. You can then continue to place more instances of the same asset, or if you click on the Vectorworks’ Selection Tool that will exit asset placement and will bring the Asset Library dialog back into focus to select another asset for placement, or you can simply close the Asset Library to exit it.
At that point any assets placed will become visible in the Enscape viewport.
Asset placement in Vectorworks