Posts by eeblack

    Our office has several floating licenses for Enscape, obviously for Windows and used mostly with Revit (windows only) and SketchUp. The SketchUp license is cross-platform, so I am able to use that at home on my M1 iMac.

    If the Enscape license is not cross-platform, then there is no reason for me to ask my company to pay for an extra Mac license. I would simply use Remote Desktop Connection through a VPN and remote control my office workstation instead.

    Given the Chaos/Enscape merger, I would expect Phil's suggestion that it be cross-platform to be more aligned with their stated goal of being the premiere rendering solution for any platform.

    Some clarification on this policy would be most welcome. Damian's response (so far) only mentions that a new Mac license is available, which is fine as long as you're only looking for that platform.

    Thanks in advance,

    18. Lights that have light sources. This would include cars so if you're doing a night rendering, the headlights and taillights automatically come on.

    11. Top 100 most popular plant varieties in various sizes and seasons. Right now, there are just a few options. Grasses, shrubs, bushes, flowers, ground cover, etc. It's difficult to match a landscape plan without popular items.

    12. Options to have people in vehicles.

    13. A "tapered" edge (or a buffer) for grass so it doesn't squeeze through gaps that aren't really there.

    14. An option to globally turn off emissivity so that "fireflies" aren't visible.

    15. Auto-rotate settings when individually placing items. The batch-place option has this, but not the single-place method.

    16. It would be fabulous to create sliders in Enscape to govern the intensity and color temperature for lights in Revit.

    17. Shadows don't seem to be soft enough as in real life. Wall sconces cast very defined shadows, even several feet from the fixture.

    Upvote for being able to use white (or any other color) as the vignette frame. If placing a rendering on a sheet in Revit, it would look better fading out instead of having black blobs as the border. It would also be nice to adjust the target of the vignette center as sometimes the item you want to highlight may not be centered in the image. This could create a scene where the vignette effect would only occur on one side of the image as the other side would be outside the image frame.

    I'm having a repeatable issue with the latest versions of Revit 2022 and Enscape 3.2. Even is I am not using the Live Rendering View of Enscape, Revit will crash when I duplicate and change materials. It doesn't behave like a normal crash and I cannot submit a crash report to Autodesk. If I disable the plugin, I get no crash. If I re-enable the plugin, the crash returns.

    Additionally, if I have the live rendering view open and then close it, then close Revit, it will often crash as though something in Enscape is not shutting down properly.

    Hopefully, this is fixed in the forthcoming 3.3 version. Other forums are showing users experiencing the same thing, and while Autodesk Tech Support is watching.

    1. Place objects by polygon boundary. Particularly more diverse vegetation. Would love an option to define an area that is brushy, or along a stream bank and it would fill in with a density and naturalness that isn't really possible now. The clusters are too neat.
    2. More options in vehicles. There are no minivans, and only a couple of SUV options. These are almost half of the vehicles on the road today. The Lamborghini is flashy, but I use this less than I actually see them in real life.
    3. I would love the ability to randomize the colors of multiple instances of the same vehicle. Why does every Mini Cooper I want to place have to be that shade of blue? What if I want a white or red one?
    4. More artwork that can be placed on walls. I think there are 2 pictures available - one in landscape mode and the other in portrait. Allow us to substitute the imagery.
    5. Range of clothes on hangers and folded to be in drawers or shelves.
    6. Window treatments such as blinds, shades, and curtains.
    7. catch basins/storm drains
    8. telephone/utility poles with lines strung between them
    9. construction equipment and vehicles
    10. trash trucks

    Very good point about seamless textures. I subscribe to because they have a very good selection of PBR materials and seamless textures.

    I'd love for Enscape to offer an easy way to generate custom materials. Perhaps the merger with Chaos will allow for that, or at least access to their V-ray materials libraries. I'm thinking tiles in different coursing options (running bond, stack bond, etc.) and also rotation options (like for carpet tiles), and coloring options (like for mosaics).

    As someone who has the latest Intel Mac myself, that is an absolutely wrong direction to take. Apple has officially abandoned Intel chips. They are now making surprising chipset that has comparable graphics power baked, using significantly less power.

    Why develop something that is now officially (perhaps practically is the correct term at this moment) obsolete on Apple's side?

    To be fair, Demian did say that their plan was to also (my emphasis added) continue developing for intel Macs. We shall see, but as you say, I see little chance of a) Intel actually surpassing Apple's SOC performance metrics, and b) Apple going back to intel even if they somehow did.

    Apple becoming a sponsor of Blender is interesting as perhaps it signals better integration with modern graphics APIs either through Apple's Metal tools, or directly.

    Keep in mind that the M1 chips were solely for their entry-level products. The M1 Pro and M1 Max are for mid-level portables. M2 will be for pro-level desktop and workstation classes of computers with performance in line with those expectations. My favorite reviewers of M1/M1 Pro/M1 Max relative to other players is

    Perhaps we will know more early next year.

    Curious to see benchmarks of the new M1 Max and M1 Pro systems in the MacBook Pros that were announced yesterday. Supposedly, graphics performance is superior to a Playstation 5 console, and comparable to the current mobile RTX cards at 100 less watts. That's some serious power in a portable device.

    There are Vulkan drivers optimized for M1 Macs, and it seems as though both AMD and NVIDIA support Vulkan. I wonder how much effort is involved for Enscape and other rendering softwares to update beyond OpenGL and DirectX to more modern APIs.

    I'd definitely be willing to test it, but only have access to SketchUp as far as programs to run Enscape in.

    With Apple only showcasing their entry level and portable machines so far, they still need to move their desktop and pro desktops to their own silicon.

    Something to keep an eye on.

    Was experiencing frequent nudging crashes - especially when in drafting views. Installed the pre-release version and haven't had a crash yet. Fingers crossed!

    Also check the Phase Created and Phase Filter settings. If it's in the Existing Phase and you have Show Previous and New, the graphic overrides make the existing to remain show/render as gray. Change the Phase Filter to Show Complete and that will fix it if that is the issue.

    So I was testing some rendering settings because the video playback using WMP was jumpy in animations that were rendered in UHD. During the conversations with the designer, he mentioned that he wished there were more conceptual options instead of everything looking 100% complete. I have already contributed to the Additional Linework Options thread for sketchy lines with extensions, heavy ends, etc.

    Then I remembered this tutorial by Phil Read to make a Revit model look like a physical model built from basswood. Simulated Basswood Model

    When I create the Phase, set the overrides, create the material and hit render, I see the Revit content rendered as though it was made out of basswood - exactly as intended. But all of the Enscape assets are still photorealistic in full color.

    What I would like to see are options to change the White or Polystyrol Styles to another material (like basswood...)

    I don't want to change or override materials in Enscape's editor because that would take a lot of time to do, and also to return them to their original state.


    I can confirm the issue as well. UltraHD resolution and 120 fps causes stuttering when playing back on WMP. It did not do this a couple of months ago. It is not a hardware issue as I have a fast computer and graphic card, fast network, etc. The video plays fine in VLC player. It may be a recent Windows update, or it may not be, but it IS a problem. Clients aren't always technically sophisticated and forcing them to install other players such as VLC may be tougher if their IT departments are restrictive.

    There is an option in the lower right corner to use Offline Assets and download those items to a local folder. Once that is done, the searching and loading of assets is much faster. (They may have moved it in version 3.0)

    If you actually do want to increase (not decrease) the load times, might I suggest a 28k fax modem?