Panorama & Cardboard

Overview

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

Enscape's Render Panorama button

How to Export a Panorama

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 Manage Uploads button, which is located back in the Enscape CAD toolbar.

Manage your Panoramas

Click the Manage Uploads button 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

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

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

'Upload Panorama to the Cloud' button

NOTE!
If you have issues uploading a panorama to the cloud, then this may be due to your Firewall. You may need to add some exceptions to your Firewall, and you will find the information you need to do this at this link.

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

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:

  • Save panorama to file… – This option will save the panorama to your hard drive and you will be asked to specify the location and the file type as either .png, .bmp, .jpg, .jpeg, .tif, or .tiff.
  • Copy link address – This will copy the URL where the panorama is stored in the cloud.
  • Copy QR code – Will copy the QR code to clipboard.
  • Save QR code to file… – To save the QR code to a file as either .png, .bmp, .jpg, .jpeg, .tif, or .tiff
  • Remove panorama from cloud – This will remove the panorama from the cloud, but not from the Upload Manager.
Additional Panorama 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

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

The 'Fly to panorama position' button

Tune the Parameters

In the Enscape settings, you can modify the overall rendering quality of panorama files, and this can be found in the Visual SettingsOutput 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 PanoramaResolution drop down menu. Be aware that only the height is taken into account. The width is adjusted accordingly.

Panorama Resolution menu

Panorama Resolution menu

Resolution Mono Stereo
Low 2048×4096 4096×4096
Normal 4096×8192 8192x 8192
High 8192×16384 16384×16384

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.

Preview Panorama

Navigate in the panorama by holding the left mouse button and moving the mouse. Try it below.

Create a Panorama Gallery

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

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

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

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

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

Select your Panoramas

Panoramas selected for editing

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

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

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

The Gallery is now available in the License Center

View it in Cardboard

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

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.

Top-Tip
In your Documents folder you will find an Enscape folder which contains the Panorama folder where Enscape stores the files associated with panoramas. These files are stored as .xml files and if you delete these files you will remove the panoramas from your My Panoramas as well as any connection to the files in the Cloud.
Pro-Tip
Insert Links to Navigate
Enscape gives you the panorama in mono and stereo via a normal image file or uploads it to the web. If you want to go further, you can connect the panoramas with clickable arrow links to make it more interactive. A variety of tools exist to do that, for example krpano.
For Software Developers
If you want to host the panorama on your own webspace, follow these guidelines. This is for users with software development background only – usually, our one-click cloud upload is a great solution to host your panorama reliably and fast.
Note for iOS devices
A couple of points to consider when trying to view Panoramas on iOS devices:

  1. As of iOS 12.2, Apple decided to limit accelerometer and gyroscope access in browsers for “privacy reasons”.
    You should be able to re-activate the access through the following settings:
    Settings > Safari > Privacy & Security > Motion & Orientation Access.
    Since iOS 13, Apple have disabled access to this option altogether, and as this is now on a per request basis, a prompt will appear each time on opening a panorama.
  2. If a Panorama has been rendered out from Enscape with the Panorama Resolution set to High, the Panorama will not work on iOS. Instead, render out the Panorama with the Panorama Resolution set to Normal.

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