Create & Select a View

Overview

In Enscape it is possible to save pre-defined views along with their associated camera and sun position.
Once a view is created it can then be found listed under the Manage Views drop-down menu.
The Create View function is available in the Enscape plug-in for Revit, Rhino, and SketchUp only at the present time, (for ArchiCAD there is an alternative method) and this is implemented to work the same way for each CAD.

The basic procedure to create a view is:

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

You will find the Create View button  in the Enscape ribbon, or listed in the Enscape drop-down menu.

How to Create a View in Revit

Once you have positioned the camera in the Enscape window, use the mouse Right Click+Shift+drag left/right to set the time of day then click the Create View button in the Enscape ribbon.

The Create View button in Revit

The Create View button in Revit

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

Naming the view in Revit

Naming the view in Revit

The newly created view in Revit's Project Browser

The newly created view in Revit's Project Browser

Once you have created and named your view, it will be then listed in two places.
Firstly, in Revit’s Project Browser window.

Clicking on the view in Revit’s Project Browser, will only display that view inside Revit, and not in Enscape.

The second location where you will find the newly created view is in the Enscape ribbon’s Active Document dropdown menu.

Selecting the view from the 3D View Selector in Revit

Selecting the view from the 3D View Selector in Revit

Select a View in Revit

To display a view in the Enscape window, simply click on it’s associated name in the Active Document’s drop-down menu.

Selecting a 3D View in Revit

Selecting a 3D View in Revit

The three icons displayed, when mousing over the view in the Manage Views drop-down are, from left to right:

  • Set camera position (Revit, SketchUp, Rhino) – this will select the camera position saved with the associated view. This camera position is then adapted for the current view that is active in the Enscape window. This can be used if you want to only change the camera view in the current view in the Enscape window.
  • Set sun position (Revit, SketchUp) – this will only apply the sun position saved with the associated view to the current view that is active in the Enscape window. Useful for quickly visualizing a view at various times of day.
  • Mark as favorite (Revit, SketchUp, Rhino) – mark a view as a Favorite View. You can then administer these Favorite Views.

The Manage Views layout and the procedure for selecting a view in SketchUp, Rhino and ArchiCAD is slightly different, and this is explained below.

How to Create a View in SketchUp

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

Method 1 – Create a View with the Enscape Functions

In the Enscape window, position your camera to where you want it to be. Once you are happy with the position of the camera, set a Time of Day in the Enscape window by using the Shift+Right Mouse button+left/right mouse drag. Click the Create View button in the Enscape ribbon in SketchUp when you are happy with the camera position and the time of day, and you will be prompted to then name your view.

Name the view in SketchUp's Create View dialogue

Name the view in SketchUp's Create View dialogue

A new tab will appear in the SketchUp application as well as a new scene in SketchUp’s Scenes section of the Tray.  This will, by default, be named ‘Enscape view’, but it can be renamed at any time.

The Create View button in SketchUp

The Create View button in SketchUp

Method 2 – Create a View with the SketchUp Functions

The difference to the above is that instead of using the Create View button, you can click the  + button in the Scenes section of SketchUp.

This 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 View Synchronization 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 View Synchronization is disabled when the view is selected from the Manage Views list at a later date.

How to Select a View in SketchUp

Selecting a view in SketchUp is straight forward.

Click the Manage Views button in the Enscape toolbar and click on one of the named views that you want to display in Enscape from the list of views that will appear, as seen in the screenshot.

Manage Views list in SketchUp

Manage Views list in SketchUp

The three icons displayed, when mousing over the view in the Manage Views drop-down are, from left to right:

  • Set camera position (Revit, SketchUp, Rhino) – this will select the camera position saved with the associated view. This camera position is then adapted for the current view that is active in the Enscape window. This can be used if you want to only change the camera view in the current view in the Enscape window.
  • Set sun position (Revit, SketchUp) – this will only apply the sun position saved with the associated view to the current view that is active in the Enscape window. Useful for quickly visualizing a view at various times of day.
  • Mark as favorite (Revit, SketchUp, Rhino) – mark a view as a Favorite View. You can then administer these Favorite Views.

The Manage Views layout and the procedure for selecting a view in Rhino and ArchiCAD is slightly different, and this is explained below.

How to Create a View in Rhino

In Rhino, there are 3 ways to create a view.
The sun position is NOT saved with the view in Rhino, but you can still set the Time of Day by Right Click+Shift+drag left/right.
As a prerequisite for this article, please make sure that Live Update and Synchronize Views are enabled in the Enscape ribbon.

Method 1

Open Enscape in Rhino and position your camera, either in the Rhino Perspective View port or in the Enscape window.
Once happy with your Camera, click the Create View button  to create your view.

You will then be prompted to name the view:

There are two places where you can see the view you have just created.
The first place it can be found is by clicking the Manage Views button  whereby a drop down menu will appear showing the new view.  The new view is named by default as ‘Enscape View 1’.
The second place that a newly created view is listed is within Rhino’s ‘Named Views’ window.

Naming a newly created view in Rhino

Naming a newly created view in Rhino

Rhino's Named Views window

Rhino's Named Views window

Method 2

In 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 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 Location in Rhino

Create New Location in Rhino

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

Create the view's Lens Length in Rhino

Create 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.

Named Views window in Rhino

Named Views window in Rhino

Method 3

The 3rd, and last, method to create a view in Rhino is to use the Rhino Command Line.
In the command line start to type ‘EnscapeCreateViewCommand’. Rhino should present you with the command without you having to type the whole word out.

Enscape's Create View command

Enscape's Create View command

Once the command has been executed, a new view will be created, as can be seen in the screenshot above named ‘Create view dialogue box in Rhino’. By default a newly created view is named ‘Enscape View’ + a number, (depending on how many previously created views already contain the name ‘Enscape View’), and it would be recommended to give the view a distinct name.
These views are listed again in both the Manage Views and the  Named Views windows as mentioned previously.

Top Tip!
When creating a view from within Rhino, if the View Synchronization 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 View Synchronization is disabled when the view is selected from the Manage Views list at a later date.

How to Select a View in Rhino

To select a view in Rhino, click on the Manage Views button  and select the view name from the list.

Select View from Enscape's Manage Views button in Rhino

Select View from Enscape's Manage Views button in Rhino

Notice how, next to the view name, there are only two symbols.

Click on the camera or the view name to have Enscape display that view. Click on the star symbol to save that view as a favorite to be used in the VR Presentation Mode, or for it to be saved as a Favorite View in a Standalone Export File. It is indicated that a view is saved as a ‘Favorite’ when the star is a gold color .

How to Create a View in ArchiCAD

There is only one way to currently create a view in ArchiCAD, and that is by using it’s own feature-set.

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 position your view position in either the ArchiCAD or Enscape window.

In the ArchiCAD Navigator panel, make sure you have the 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 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.

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

It is possible to then adjust the Time of Day within the 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.

Perspective Settings widnow in ArchiCAD

Perspective Settings widnow in ArchiCAD

How to Select a View in ArchiCAD

It is only possible to select the View in ArchiCAD, along with its associated Camera and Sun position, it is not possible to select the Camera or Sun position independently from the view, as is the case with the other Enscape plugin versions.

Therefore selecting a view in ArchiCAD simply requires that you click on a view from the View Map panel in ArchiCAD, and Enscape will then display that saved view.

Select a View in ArchiCAD

Select a View in ArchiCAD


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