Create, Select, & Update a View

Overview

In Enscape it is possible to create and save pre-defined Views and then link those Views to a Settings Preset that have been Saved to the Project.

The Create View function is available for all the CADs that Enscape currently supports and is accessed the same way across all the CADs.

The basic procedure to create a view is:

  • Choose the camera view position in the Enscape Viewport
  • Position the sun (optional)
  • Click the Create View button

You will find the Create View button located in the View Management area of the Enscape Viewport toolbar. This means that you must have Enscape running and the Enscape Viewport in focus.

If you need to delete a View at any point, this is always performed via the CAD’s user interface (UI) and not from within Enscape’s UI.

The View Management button in the Enscape Viewport UI

The View Management button in the Enscape Viewport UI

The View Management Panel

Once you have clicked the View Management button, the associated panel will open where you will see a Search field, 2 View categories; Favorites and Untitled (the second being a dynamic category that is replaced with the open CAD project name), and the Create View button.

The View Management panel open in the Enscape viewport

The View Management panel open in the Enscape viewport

Create View in Enscape

You can create a View directly in Enscape or via the CAD which you are working with.
What follows is the method for achieving this directly in Enscape, and the methods for achieving this in the various CADs are described thereafter.

Tip
You can not Create a View in Enscape if the Projection Mode is set to Orthographic. Additionally, in Vectorworks, creating a View when Projection Mode is set to Two-Point is also not possible. Therefore, only use Perspective Projection Mode when creating a View in Vectorworks.

You have decided on a position in your project you would like to create a View from.  Once you have also set any camera specific settings or Visual Settings, including applying styles to the projects geometry in the CAD, click the Create button. This will open the Create View panel where you will be prompted to provide the CAD View Name, as well as optionally Mark the View as a Favorite, and use the Linked Visual Preset option, which is discussed here. The later options can also be edited and applied at a later date.

Giving the View a CAD Name

Giving the View a CAD Name

If you haven’t named the View, the Create button will not be available. So, name the View first which will allow you to click the Create button to save your first View in Enscape.

Giving the View a CAD Name

Giving the View a CAD Name

Click the left pointing arrow / chevron located to the left of Edit View to go back to View Management panel.  Or, click the X to the right of Edit View to close down the View Management panel altogether.

Favorite View and Linked Visual Preset options

Favorite View and Linked Visual Preset options

Create View in Revit

In addition to being able to create a view directly in Enscape, you can also create the View in Revit itself via the View -> Create -> 3D View -> Camera function.

Using Revit's Live Camera

You can also use Revit’s Live Camera function to help you navigate and set up a View in a complex project.  To enable the camera, click the arrow associated with the Synchronize Views button in the Enscape ribbon in the Revit User Interface which will reveal the option Revit Live Camera button.

The following demonstration shows Enscape’s Revit Live Camera being activated and the movement being controlled in both Revit and in Enscape.

Once you have created your ‘View’ and you want to deactivate the Revit Live Camera, either click the Revit Live Camera button again to pause it or click the arrow on that button and select Synchronize Views button instead.

Select and Update a View in Revit

To display a view in the Enscape window, simply click on it’s associated name in the list of Views found in either the View Management panel in Enscape or the Active Document drop-down menu in Revit.

The Active Document drop-down selection menu in Revit

The Active Document drop-down selection menu in Revit

By using the Active Documents dropdown, you can select the View you want Enscape to display without having to jump out of the Revit UI. You can then use Revit’s Project Browser to continue working in another view entirely.

Using the Active Document menu in Revit

Using the Active Document menu in Revit

Update a View in Revit by opening the View from Revit’s Project Browser, then select Unlock View from the viewport menu within Revit, make the changes (including to the Sun Position as described here) and once finished, select Save Orientation and Lock View in Revit to update the view in both Revit and Enscape.

You may have to restart Enscape to see the changes, but the changes should generally update without having to do this.

Create a View in SketchUp

There are a couple of ways to create a View in SketchUp:

In addition to being able to create a View within Enscape, you can also use the native SketchUp functions to create a new ‘Scene’ and it’s worth noting that when you create a new View in Enscape, that View is also available as a ‘Scene’ in SketchUp.

Simply click the  + button in the Scenes section of SketchUp which will create a new ‘Scene’, which by default is named Scene 1, Scene 2, etc, depending on how many Scenes already exist within the project.

A new Scene is created in SketchUp

A new Scene is created in SketchUp

Top Tip!
When creating a view from within SketchUp, if the Synchronize Views is enabled, this will result in the vertical frustum of the camera being used. This information can also be seen in the Enscape Visual Settings next to the Field of View option. This vertical or horizontal frustum is then saved along with the View and will be respected, even when Synchronize Views is disabled when selecting the View from the View Management list at a later date.

Select & Update a View in SketchUp

Selecting a view in SketchUp is straight forward.

Open View Management in Enscape and click on one of the named Views that you want to display in Enscape, as seen in the screenshot.

Or, select the associated ‘Scene’ in SketchUp, either via the tabs, or via the Scenes panel.
Updating a View / Scene is performed in SketchUp. Make sure to have Synchronize Views enabled to make this process easier. It’s also worth noting here that it’s via SketchUp’s Update Scene option that an Enscape View’s Sun Settings can be updated and saved to a View.

Create a View in Rhino

In addition to the method stated above for creating a View in Enscape, it is also possible to create the View directly in Rhino itself.

Open Rhino’s Named View window, click on the ‘Create using widget…’ button in the Named Views window.

You will then be presented with a dialogue box requesting that you name that view.

Create View button in Rhino

Create View button in Rhino

Create View dialogue box in Rhino

Create View dialogue box in Rhino

Name the View and click OK to close that window.
Rhino will then ask you to pick your Target. This can be seen in Rhino’s command line section, where the word ‘Target’ is displayed, indicating that you need to select the focal point of a camera.

Select Target in Rhino

Select Target in Rhino

Once you have selected your target, Rhino will then ask you for the camera location. You will see the word ‘Location’ displayed in the Rhino command line, and a camera, with its viewport dimensions will be displayed in the Rhino Viewports:

Create New Camera Location in Rhino

Create New Camera Location in Rhino

After selecting the camera location, you will then be prompted to define the lens length.

Set the View's Lens Length in Rhino

Set the View's Lens Length in Rhino

Once the lens length has been set, the view will be created and this will appear in Rhino’s Named Views window under the name you specified in the ‘Create Named View Using Widget’ window.

Saving the Time of Day with a View is not possible in Rhino.

Named Views window in Rhino

Named Views window in Rhino

Top Tip!
When creating a view from within Rhino, if Synchronize Views is enabled, this will result in the vertical frustum of the camera being used. This information can also be seen in the Enscape Visual Settings next to the Field of View option. This Vertical or Horizontal frustum is then saved along with the View and will be respected, even when Synchronize Views is disabled when the view is selected from the View Management list at a later date.

Select & Update a View in Rhino

To select a view when using Rhino, you can either select via the Enscape View Management panel, or via Rhino’s Named Views dialog. Updating is performed in the Rhino Named Views dialog, where you need to save the view after updating it.

How to Create a View in Archicad

Along with the method to create a View within Enscape you can also create a View from within Archicad using the native tools there.

To create a VIew using the Archicad UI, open a project in Archicad and make sure you have a 3D View open (Perspective or Axonometry).  Enable the Live Update and Synchronize Views in Enscape and set up the View you want to create in either the Archicad or the Enscape viewport.

In the Archicad Navigator panel, make sure you have View Map selected, which should only list the name of the currently open project.

The Navigator View button in Archicad

The Navigator View button in Archicad

To now create a View, click the Save Current View from the icons at the bottom of the View Map panel.

You will then be presented with a new window named ‘Save View’. By default the name of the view is set to By Project Map and you will not be able to rename your view. Change this to Custom and you will be able to rename your view. Once done, click the Create button at the bottom right corner of the Save View window.

The window will then close and your newly created view will be listed in the View Map panel.

You can set the initial Time of Day for a View by right clicking on the View in the View Map panel and selecting the 3D Projection Settings option in the menu.

3D Render Settings menu option in Archicad

3D Render Settings menu option in Archicad

The Navigator Save View window in Archicad

The Navigator Save View window in Archicad

The window will then close and your newly created view will be listed in Archicad’s View Map panel, as well as in the Enscape View Management panel.

You can set the initial Time of Day for a View by right clicking on the view in the View Map panel and selecting the 3D Projection Settings option in the menu.

Once you click OK, the project will update and you will see these changes in the Enscape window.

It is then also possible to independently adjust the Time of Day within Enscape using the Right Mouse button+Shift+left/right mouse drag. But, that change will not be saved to the View that is listed in Archicad View Map panel, unless you set the 3D Projection Settings for the Perspective / Axonometry globally.

Perspective Settings widnow in Archicad

Perspective Settings widnow in Archicad

Select & Update a View in Archicad

You can select a View in Archicad from either the CAD’s View Map dialog, or from Enscape’s View Management dialog.

It is worth noting that when selecting the View from the View Map dialog, if Synchronize Views is disabled in Enscape, then only the Viewport in Archicad will update.

Select a View in Archicad

Select a View in Archicad

This is not the case if selecting the View from Enscape’s View Management panel, where having Synchronize View disabled will result in Enscape smoothly panning between the Named Views, as well as the View ‘snapping’ to the selected View in the Archicad viewport. If Synchronize Views is enabled, then the View will also ‘snap’ in the Enscape window, just like it will in the Acrhicad Viewport.

To update a View in Archicad, make the adjustment to the view in Archicad, select View Settings button, and from the dialog select Get Current Window’s Settings button to be found at the top of the View Settings dialog and then click OK. This should update the View in both Archicad and Enscape.

Create a View in Vectorworks

In addition to being able to create a View directly in Enscape, it is also possible to create a View from within Vectorworks.

In Vectorworks navigate to the View->Save View option.

Saving a view in Vectorworks

Saving a view in Vectorworks

Once the Save View dialog opens in Vectorworks, name the View and save it. This window will also appear when creating a View natively in Enscape itself.

NOTE: The sun position is NOT saved with the view in Vectorworks, but you can still set the Time of Day by using Right Click+Shift+drag left/right, or the keyboard shortcuts.

Vectorworks' Save View dialog

Vectorworks' Save View dialog

Once Saved, the View will appear in both the Enscape View Management list and in the Saved Views window in Vectorworks.

Its worth noting that when the View Management panel is active in Enscape, the Vectorworks UI will be temporarily locked and a warning that View Management mode is active… will be visible up until you close the View Management panel in Enscape.

View Management mode is active....

View Management mode is active....

Select & Update a View in Vectorworks

Once a view has been saved, it will become available in both the Vectorworks Saved Views dialog, as well as the Enscape View Management panel.

If activating the View in Vectorworks, if Synchronize Views is not enabled, the View will only be shown in the Vectorworks’ viewport.

Otherwise, just select it from the Enscape View Management panel.

Here you can see the created view in both dialog windows.

Enscape View Manager and Vectorworks' Saved Views dialog

Enscape View Manager and Vectorworks' Saved Views dialog

To update a View, make sure View Management is not open in the Enscape viewport, .

  • Open the Saved Views window in Vectorworks.
  • Click on the View you want to update to make it active.
  • Make the changes to the View that are required from within Vectorworks viewport.
  • Right-click on the View in the Saved Views window in Vectorworks.
  • Select the option Redefine… from the context menu, and click OK.

The View will then be updated in both Vectorworks and Enscape.

Enscape View Manager and Vectorworks' Saved Views dialog

Enscape View Manager and Vectorworks' Saved Views dialog


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