First Steps

Installing Enscape

Before installing Enscape, make sure your CAD is not open and that you also have the user rights to install software on your Windows system. You can then simply open and run the installer from the location it was downloaded to.

Initial Enscape Installer Screen

In the initial screen, regardless of which CAD you are using, Enscape will ask you to choose to install the plugin for all users of the computer, or for just the user who is currently logged in to the operating system of the computer, by checking the appropriate check box.

 

Once done, click the [Next] button and you will be shown the Enscape EULAs. Click on the [I Agree] button to continue with the installation.

Enscape's EULA must be agreed to to continue the installation

At this point, the process for installing Enscape for the different CADs differs, so please refer below to the relevant section that is appropriate to the CAD system you are installing the Enscape plugin for.

Installing Enscape for Revit

If using Revit, select the Revit Plugin from the four possible components that are available in the Enscape installer window.

Installing Enscape for Revit

Once you have selected the component from the list, you will be asked for the installation location. Generally this can be left as it is, but if you require to select a different location, please click the Browse button and navigate to the desired installation location.

Select your installation location

The installer will now run. Click the [Close] button when the installation has finished running to complete the installation.

Enscape has finished installing

Once installed, the Enscape ribbon should be visible under its own tab in the Revit menu.

Enscape has been successfully installed in Revit

Starting Enscape in Revit

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

  • Make sure you have at least one 3D view in your project.
  • Select a valid view in Revit so that the ribbon bars are not greyed out.
  • Press Start in the Enscape ribbon.

The associated phasing and design option is used for Enscape’s view.
You can leave Enscape open while you make any desired changes in Revit (e.g. cross sections, materials or geometric changes in the model).
Your changes will show up instantly in Enscape.

Installing Enscape for SketchUp

If using SketchUp, select the SketchUp Plugin from the four possible components that are available in the Enscape installer window.

Installing Enscape for SketchUp

Once you have selected the component from the list, you will be asked for the installation location. Generally this can be left as it is, but if you require to select a different location, please click the [Browse] button and navigate to the desired installation location.

Select your installation location

The installer will now run. Click the [Close] button when the installation has finished running to complete the installation.

Enscape has finished installing

Once installed, you can find the plugin one of three ways. First, you can find the Enscape menu via the Extensions dropdown menu, as pictured below.

Using Enscape via its dropdown menu in SketchUp

The second method is to add the Enscape ribbon to the SketchUp Toolbar by right-clicking the toolbar and selecting both the Enscape and Enscape Capturing options.

Enable Enscape Toolbar by right-clicking in the SketchUp Toolbar area

The third and last method is to add the Enscape ribbon via the View dropdown menu’s Toolbar option. Once clicked, SketchUp’s Toolbar window will open where you will be given a list which will include Enscape and Enscape Capturing as options. Check them both and click [Close] in Toolbar window.

Enable Enscape Toolbar via SketchUp's View dropdown menu.

This will add the two Enscape ribbons which, before starting Enscape, look like this:

The Enscape ribbon in SketchUp

Starting Enscape in SketchUp

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

  • Open your SketchUp project file.
  • Click on the “Start Enscape” button in the Enscape ribbon.
  • The Enscape window opens in the perspective view.

You can leave Enscape open while you make any desired changes in SketchUp (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 update in Enscape. Activating the view synchronization will sync the perspective view from SketchUp to the Enscape window.

Installing Enscape for Rhino

If using Rhino, select the Rhino Plugin from the four possible components that are available in the Enscape installer window.

Installing Enscape for Rhino

Once you have selected the component from the list, you will be asked for the installation location. Generally this can be left as it is, but if you require to select a different location, please click the [Browse] button and navigate to the desired installation location.

Select your installation location

The installer will now run. Click the Close button when the installation has finished running to complete the installation.

Enscape has finished installing

Once installed, the Enscape ribbon should be visible under its own tab in the Rhino menu. If it is not visible, then you will have to enable the ribbon.

We do this by selecting the View option from Rhino’s top menu, and then from the list select Options. When the Rhino Options window opens, then click on  the Toolbars option from the right side list.

With default selected under Files, all available toolbars will be displayed with a checkbox.

Scroll down to find the Enscape toolbars. You may see a couple of options, as Rhino allows you to open toolbars that are docked or are floating, grouped tabs, or as individual tabs.

Enable Enscape ribbon from Rhino's Toolbar options

Once you have ticked the appropriate checkbox, the Enscape ribbons will become available as a docked ribbon or docked tabs, or as floating tabs.

The Enscape ribbon as docked or as floating

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 update in Enscape. Activating the view synchronization will sync the perspective view from Rhino to the Enscape window.

Installing Enscape for ArchiCAD

If using ArchiCAD, select the ArchiCAD Plugin from the four possible components that are available in the Enscape installer window.

Installing Enscape for ArchiCAD

Once you have selected the component from the list, you will be asked for the installation location. Generally this can be left as it is, but if you require to select a different location, please click the Browse button and navigate to the desired installation location.

Select your installation location

The installer will now run. Click the [Close] button when the installation has finished running to complete the installation.

Enscape has finished installing

Once installed, the Enscape plugin can be located through the Enscape dropdown menu.

Enscape plugin can be located through the Enscape dropdown menu

If you prefer, you can also click on Enscape Toolbar from the dropdown menu to allow you to have all the Enscape options easily accessible in a floating toolbar as shown here.

Floating Enscape Toolbar in ArchiCAD

Starting Enscape in ArchiCAD

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

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

You can leave Enscape open while you make any desired changes in ArchiCAD (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 update in Enscape. Activating the view synchronization will sync the perspective view from Rhino to the Enscape window.

Installation Error Messages

If you have your CAD open when trying to install Enscape, you will get a warning message telling you which CAD is still open, and then you will receive a following Error message where you will be offered three options.

Initial installation error message

You can choose to Abort, Retry, or Ignore

You can quit out from your CAD software and click Retry to continue the installation., Or you may choose to Abort, or Ignore. Ignoring the error message may result in Enscape not installing successfully for the CAD of your choice.

Activate your License

To activate your license, click the [About] button in the Enscape ribbon. Then click [Enter License Key].

Click the Enter License Key button in the Enscape About window

Copy and paste your entire license key into the empty field on the left. Make sure only to copy the key, not any additional spaces or letters. We recommend you paste using the [Paste from Clipboard] button. Then click on [Apply License] to activate the license.

The Enscape License window, where your License can be input

If the activation is successful, the notification will state: Thank you for using Enscape!

Confirmation message that the Enscape License Activation was successful. You can now use the full version of Enscape!

If you receive an error message when trying to apply your license, contact us at support@enscape3d.com!

First Steps with Enscape

Moving Around
  • You can move your camera angle by holding the left mouse button in the Enscape window and moving your mouse.
  • By pressing the arrow keys (or the letter keys WASD), you can move in the direction you’re facing.
  • Rotate the mouse wheel to speed quickly forward, or press SHIFT or CTRL to accelerate your moving speed.
  • You can also press Q and E to move your position up and down while in Fly Mode.
  • See a detailed list of keyboard shortcuts here.

 

See What It Can Do
  • Try enabling a cross section in Revit and check out the sleek cut view in Enscape.
  • Right-click, hold and drag the mouse to orbit around a point. Together with SHIFT, you can change the time of day by moving the mouse.
  • Press K to add a new video keyframe.
  • Enable white mode in the Enscape settings if you haven’t defined materials yet or would rather hide the details.
  • Read through the Knowledgebase and experiment with the settings and export features.

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