Enable Enscape

Overview

After the Enscape .msi installer has finished running and has been closed, you should then be able to open Rhino, whereby Enscape should then be visible as a toolbar in the Rhino User Interface(UI).  When using Enscape for Rhino the toolbar can be either a docked or floating window.

However, you may also find that you have to manually enable Enscape in the CAD via the CAD’s toolbar / menu options. This article explains how that is done for Rhino.

NOTE
In a situation where you do not see any reference to Enscape in any of the CAD’s menu’s or toolbar options, it is likely that the installation is corrupt or was somehow unsuccessful. In such circumstances it would be recommended to perform a fresh reinstall of Enscape. This means, uninstalling Enscape completely, rebooting the machine, and then running the Enscape installer again. You should also refer back to the installation steps, found here.

Enable Enscape in Rhino

Once Enscape is installed for Rhino, then the Enscape toolbars should be visible under their own tab, either floating or docked. If they are not visible, then you will have to enable the toolbars.

We can access this in Rhino in various ways, one way is to select the Tools -> Toolbar Layout… option.

This way the Rhino Options window should open with the Toolbars already highlighted in the list in the left-hand side column.

If not, then scroll down to find and click on that Toolbars option in that column.

The Rhino Options window

The Rhino Options window

Click on the Enscape.Rhino7.Plugin,rui, Enscape.Rhino6.Plugin.rui (or Enscape.Rhino.Plugin,rui if using a legacy version of Enscape with Rhino 5) listed in the Files section of the Rhino Options window and then tick the Enscape and Enscape Capturing checkboxes, and the Enscape Toolbars will appear, either floating or docked. Click OK to close the Rhino Options window.

If the Enscape.Rhino6.Plugin is not listed under the Files section, then you will have to load it manually.

To do this, click on the top level File option in the Rhino Options window, and navigate to the following location:

For Rhino 7 – C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\McNeel\Rhinoceros\7.0\UI\Plug-ins

For Rhino 6 – C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\McNeel\Rhinoceros\6.0\UI\Plug-ins

Highlight the Enscape.Rhino6.Plugin.rui or Enscape.Rhino.Plugin.rui file and click Open and the Enscape and Enscape Capturing checkboxes should then become available.

Docking the Enscape toolbars in Rhino

Docking the Enscape toolbars in Rhino

Starting Enscape in Rhino

Follow these steps to view your Rhino project in 3D:

  • Open your Rhino project file.
  • Click on the “Start Enscape” button in the Enscape ribbon.
  • The Enscape window will open separately.

You can leave Enscape open while you make any desired changes in Rhino (e.g. cross sections, materials or geometric changes in the model). Your changes will show up instantly as long as you have activated the Live Updates LIve Updates button for Enscape. Activating the Synchronize Views Synchronize Views button will sync the perspective view from Rhino to the Enscape window.

It is also worth noting that you can call most of the Enscape commands from the Rhino Command line. As all Enscape commands start with the word Enscape, typing ‘Enscape‘ will prompt Rhino to display all available commands.

Access Enscape via the Rhino Command function

Access Enscape via the Rhino Command function


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