The Asset Library is available in all the CAD systems that the Enscape plug-in is provided for, apart from Revit 2015 and 2016.
The Asset Library can be opened via the Enscape Menu or via the Asset Library’s associated Toolbar icon.
Asset Library icon in Revit
The icon shown here in SketchUp will appear the same in Rhino and in ArchiCAD.
Asset Library icon in SketchUp, Rhino and ArchiCAD
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.
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 been marked as a Favorite.
Asset Library Window
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.
Placing an asset in Revit is the same as placing any other asset, whilst the simplest method is to place the asset in an open floor plan level window in Revit. This is the best way because the base of the asset will always bind to that floor plane.
As you can see in the following two screenshots, when placing an asset, a cross and intersection lines will be displayed where the asset is to be placed on the ground in Revit’s Level 0 Floor Plan view.
Initial Asset placement in Revit
After clicking in the active window in Revit the asset is placed and is shown in Enscape exactly where we want it in the project. This is instantly visible in the Enscape window.
Asset placement in Revit
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.
Asset placement as indicated in Sketchup
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 if Enscape’s Live update is enabled.
Asset placement in SketchUp
In the SketchUp window the asset will be displayed in white, and the next asset becomes immediately available for placement. To cancel any further placement of the asset pressing the Esc key will exit the Asset Library.
The next asset is ready to be placed in your scene.
Of course, being able to place multiple instances of the same asset can have its advantages when it comes to placing things like plants and trees.
Multiple instances of one asset
Placing the asset in Rhino can be performed in any of Rhino’s Viewports. Choose the surface you want to place the asset on in Rhino so that the surface is highlighted in yellow.
Choose the asset from the Asset Library, and 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.
Initial asset placement in Rhino
Once you click again in the active Rhino viewport, the asset will be placed and will be immediately visible in the Enscape window if Enscape’s Live Update is enabled.
Asset placement in Rhino
Placing multiple instances of assets is possible in Rhino, but once an asset has been placed, the Asset Library will come back in focus and you are forced to choose the next 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.
Asset placement indicator in ArchiCAD
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.
The asset is now placed in the ArchiCAD project.
If you then want to place another instance of the same asset, you must return to the Asset Library window and re-select the asset, or select another asset for placement, whereby you will repeat the above process.