Enscape allows you to generate 360° panoramas in both stereo or mono. They can be saved to a file or uploaded into the cloud, where they are accessible via a web link. The panoramas can be viewed with a web browser on both desktop computers or mobile devices. If you render a panorama for cardboard you can enable the cardboard mode on your mobile device by clicking on the cardboard icon on the device.
To export a Panorama, Enscape needs to be running, and then you can either click directly on the Panorama button, which will export a Mono Panorama, or click on the small arrow next to the button to choose a Stereo Panorama.
Enscape's Render Panorama button
Start Enscape and simply navigate to the position you want to capture. Open the Visual Settings window and make sure that Projection set to Perspective is selected. Then, click the Render Panorama button, and choose either Mono Panorama, which will render the image out in mono, or Stereo Panorama which can be used to render for Cardboard. The panorama will now be generated and saved out. You will then find the panorama via the Manage Uploads button , which is located back in the Enscape CAD toolbar.
Click the Manage Uploads button in the Enscape CAD toolbar and then select the Panoramas tab in the Manage Uploads dialog to open your panorama gallery, although you should find it defaults to that on opening the Manage Uploads dialog. By default there is no panorama selected. Assuming you have already created a panorama, you should see it available for selection.
Additionally, please make sure to refer to this article regarding managing uploads in the Enscape License Center.
Manage Upload dialog on open
Select the panorama from the list below the Preview area for it to show in the the Preview area. The name, the date and time created, and its resolution will also be shown.
Also, you will see 3 buttons next to the preview image.
Panorama selected and displayed in the Preview area
Click on the cloud symbol to upload your panorama to the Cloud.
'Upload Panorama to the Cloud' button
Once you have uploaded the panorama to the cloud, the Upload panorama to cloud button changes to the View panorama in browser button. Clicking on the button will directly open the panorama in your browser; hovering over this button will reveal a QR code that can be scanned with QR scanning software which will directly open the link to the panorama in the devices default browser.
Enscape's 'View panorama in browser' button showing the QR code when hovering over the button
Finally, the 3 dots icon will reveal further options:
Additional Panorama options
Additionally, you will see small icons in the bottom left and right corners of the panorama gallery thumbnail. The cloud icon means that it is uploaded to the cloud, whereby a web link is available. The glasses icon means that it is a stereo panorama and can be viewed with a Cardboard device.
Icons that indicate a panorama is uploaded to the Cloud and is in Stereo mode
Lastly, there is a button that will reposition you in the Enscape viewport at the exact location that the panorama was initially created from.
The 'Fly to panorama position' button
In the Enscape settings, you can modify the overall rendering quality of panorama files, and this can be found in the Visual Settings‘ Output tab. This also affects the panorama rendering time and quality. Medium generally produces great results at a high speed, Ultra provides the highest quality but takes the longest time.
The resolution can be specified in the Output tab from the Panorama – Resolution drop down menu. Be aware that only the height is taken into account. The width is adjusted accordingly.
Panorama Resolution menu
If you are not happy with the exposure brightness in your final panorama, disable Automatic Exposure in the Visual Settings’ Main tab and set a manual exposure that works for you. If Auto Exposure is enabled, Enscape measures a good exposure when starting the panorama capture that might not be ideal for the overall panorama.
Navigate in the panorama by holding the left mouse button and moving the mouse. Try it below.
When you are logged in to your Enscape License Center, in the Uploads area, you will have access to a feature that allows you to create a Gallery made up of multiple Panoramas that have been created from the same project.
Make sure to refer to this Manage Uploads article to understand how having an account will allow you to log in and access this feature.
NOTE: The Panorama Gallery feature is not available to Student or Trial accounts. Additionally, the Panorama Galleries will not work in VR HMD units.
Once you have uploaded any Panorama from a project to the Cloud, it will be available in the Enscape License Center Upload area. Here we are using some Panoramas from the SketchUp SampleLibraryMuseum project.
Manage Uploads dialog in Enscape
In the License Center -> Uploads area, a folder will be automatically created using the same name as the Project. Any Panoramas that are uploaded to the cloud will retain the name, date, and time as their file name. These files can then be renamed in the License Center -> Uploads area if required.
License Center with a folder created for the projects Panorama files
If your Panoramas are created in stereo, then these will not be available for selection, as only Mono Panoramas are supported. These are distinguished by Mono Panoramas being listed along with a small Thumbnail, Stereo Panoramas will only have an generic icon next to them. You will also notice the distinction is made under the Type column as well.
Mono and Stereo Panoramas
Here, we have renamed our Panoramas as A, B, C, D, etc via the 3 dots menu next to each Panorama listed in the Uploads area of the License Center. To begin to create the Gallery you should click on the Create Mono Panorama Gallery button.
The Create Panorama Gallery button
Then select the Panoramas you want to use from the Select Panoramas dialog and press Start Editing.
Select your Panoramas
Panoramas selected for editing
You can then view, delete, and reorder the images to then save your Panoramas as a set of images in the Gallery.
Create a Panorama Tour
Note that you can view the Gallery Editing mode in full screen by clicking the button located at the bottom right side of the browser window. Press [Esc] to exit full screen mode.
Full Screen mode button
Once the Gallery has been saved, it will be listed in the Enscape License Center with an associated Gallery icon and is listed as such under the Type column. From here you can move, share, rename or delete the Gallery, and this is explained fully in the Manage Uploads article.
The Gallery is now available in the License Center
Use a QR code scanner on your mobile phone to open the panorama. We recommend using Google Chrome or Safari to view it properly.
Panorama in Cardboard in Mono mode
Click on the cardboard icon in the lower right corner to enable the stereo mode. You will then be asked to put your phone into a cardboard device.