Enscape releases V3.3 – with more amazing features!

Enscape 3.3 is here:

Enscape has released version 3.3 of their new software. There are a lot of exciting features in the new release and it’s always amazing to me how much Enscape is able to add to each major release.

Please note that in addition to the new features, there is a fix for a rare issue whereby Enscape was causing some versions of Revit to crash when you tried to export IFC’s

If you’re an existing user and want to dive right in, download Enscape 3.3 here. If you’re not yet using Enscape, you can try it out for free first. 

Please have a scan through the new stuff below.

So, what’s New in Enscape 3.3?

Here’s a quick low-down on what you can expect with the latest version of Enscape’s real-time visualization plugin.

  • Site Context: Import surroundings into your renderings with OpenStreetMap data.
  • Transparent Materials in Reflections: See details reflected with stunning realism.
  • Education Assets and Materials: Add the right assets and materials to your scenes.
  • Alpha Channel Export: Export renders with transparent backgrounds with ease.
  • Pin Enscape on Top: Have the Enscape rendering window on top when needed.
  • Material Overwrite: Directly replace materials within the Enscape Material Editor.
  • Camera Sync Optimization: Save time with improved navigation in Revit and Archicad.
  • Upload Migration: Migrate previous uploads and create panorama galleries and more.
  • Enscape Support for SketchUp 2022: Use Enscape with the latest version of SketchUp.
  • Japanese Language Support: Enjoy real-time rendering with Enscape in Japanese.

Let’s take a closer look at these new features and improvements.

Site Context

Incorporate a building’s real-life surroundings into your visualizations with Enscape’s new Site Context feature. Ideal for use during the design process itself, this new feature gives context to a building’s relationship with its environment. 

By utilizing OpenStreetMap data, you can now import a project’s surroundings into your renderings without the need for a third-party tool. Simply open Site Context within the Enscape rendering window, enter an address or coordinates, and select your choice of import: Buildings and Landmarks; Streets and Sidewalks; Topography, or import all surroundings.

Site Context in Enscape 3.3

The imported geometry and modeling topology will not include textures, keeping your project at the forefront of your visualizations while providing all-important site context. The surrounding geometry is only visible in Enscape, keeping your project file light and focused on the most relevant project data.

Learn more about Site Context in our Knowledge Base article

Site context in Enscape with white mode

Transparent Materials in Reflections

Reflections are incredibly important when it comes to generating realistic visualizations, which is why we are particularly excited about this next improvement.

As the name reveals, transparent materials will now appear in your reflections if you are using a graphics card that supports hardware-accelerated ray tracing (NVIDIA RTX series and AMD RX6xxx series).

With this enhancement, you will see visualization improvements to rendered glass and water surfaces. Check out the examples below to see the difference in rendering quality.

Previously in Enscape:

Now in Enscape 3.3:
Reflections of materials in Enscape 3.3

Education Assets and Materials

Our team of 3D artists has expanded the Enscape Asset Library and the Enscape Material Library once again with new high-quality assets and materials for you to place directly into your projects and renderings.

Classroom assets for education settings in Enscape

Select from 280 new education-themed assets, including classroom furniture, chalkboards and whiteboards, toys, playground equipment, and musical instruments. And choose from over 30 new materials to place into your education scenes. The asset package will also include a large collection of new 3D people.

Music classroom filled with instruments

Alpha Channel Export

It is now possible to render an image with a transparent background automatically applied, thanks to the new Alpha Channel Export.

Alpha channel export in Enscape with transparent background option

A popular request from the Enscape community, this export feature will allow you to take your rendered image and add a background of your choice with greater ease – saving you time when post-processing your renders to get the desired look or effect.

There are two ways to access this option. Go to Visual Settings > Output > Image and choose to export only the Alpha Channel (see the checkbox ‘Apply Alpha Channel’ beneath File Format) or select the checkbox that allows you to Export Object-ID, Material-ID, Depth Channel, and Alpha Channel.
Alpha Channel export in Enscape UI

Pin Enscape on Top

Not everyone works with two screens or more, so there will be times when both the modeling software window and the Enscape rendering window need to be open and visible simultaneously.

With the ‘Pin Enscape on Top’ functionality, you can choose to pin the Enscape rendering window, together with the menus which open with the renderer, to the top of your modeling window. This allows you to work in your modeling software and immediately see your changes in the overlayed Enscape window, which is always on top when this function is activated.

To activate this, go to Enscape Window Settings > Preferences > Window > Pin Enscape window on top of the host application.

Pin Enscape on Top Window in Revit

Material Overwrite

We have yet another design workflow improvement for you with Enscape 3.3! It is now possible to replace an Enscape material directly via the Enscape Material Editor. This will save you from importing and exporting materials manually and from saving data files on your system.

Lecture room with modern flooring and lighting

To make use of the Material Overwrite function, open the Enscape Material Editor. Select an existing material, click on the three dots beside the material name, and click ‘Replace with Enscape Material’. You can then select a material from the Enscape Material Library, see how the material will appear within Enscape, before confirming and overwriting what was once there.How to overwrite a material in Enscape Material Editor-1

Camera Sync Optimization

For our Revit and Archicad users, enjoy improvements to synchronized views with Enscape 3.3.

In Revit, camera synchronization is now available for the perspective view, including Field of View sync and the orthographic view. There is also a camera roll around the line of vision.
In Archicad, camera synchronization is now enabled for the Orthographic View.

Camera Sync Optimization in Revit and Enscape

Upload Migrations

An Enscape Account offers an efficient way to manage your uploads and licenses online. It also provides additional functionality such as creating Panorama Galleries and the sharing and un-sharing of links. This can all be managed within a user-friendly web-based interface.

For those not yet using an Enscape Account, you can now easily migrate your previous uploads and take advantage of the functionality it provides. To learn more, visit our Knowledge Base.

Japanese Living Room Rendering of Low Table and Chairs

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