Feedback for first 'live project' usage of Enscape (through SketchUp)

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  • I thought I would provide a little feedback following a 'live project', in my role I typically create initial concepts of New Build construction or alterations to existing buildings. Once the concept is agreed by the client, I create Planning drawings and apply for permission to the Local Authority. Following this, I create construction details and submit Building Regulations applications, then arrange building contractors. As my focus has to be more on the physical aspects of construction, I have little time to learn rendering methods, though they are often asked for, particularly by home owners. In the past I have used poorly updated rendering plugins that are CPU intensive and take a very long time to process, for this and other reasons I have two workstations. One workstation is used for 2D work and preparation of 3D models, while the other creates animations and render stills - while this is one solution of many, it's very inconvenient at times, especially when I'm sitting next to a client on-site.


    I demo'd Enscape and was very impressed at the ease of use, so I have paid for 1 month to start with. Soon I intend to upgrade my workstation to include a RTX 3080 or similar, and should the renders I've created with Enscape be popular, I will likely transfer to the 1 year subscription model. If this goes well, I will also get a powerful Laptop to use Enscape while meeting with clients, possibly utilising Virtual Reality. I have used the latter and was blown away by the realism with very little effort involved.


    Something I specifically liked was the auto-ambient lighting - it meant I could start a video externally and then go into the building, and the lighting would adjust. Really really impressed by that.


    My only 'wishlist' comment is to have doors opening during walk through videos, something I'm well aware can be achieved one way or another (using tags/layers for example), but that is fairly tedious. As Enscape has wind effects on grass, trees, etc., it would be nice if other physically moving objects could be integrated. I do appreciate this is easier said than done, but look forward to future updates.


    Many thanks,

    Chris

    • Official Post

    Thank you so much for your feedback, your wishes have been forwarded to developers of course. :)