Posts by PBDesign

    Hi all,

    Not sure if this is the right forum for this query. I am trying to send a collection of sample standalone files to a potential client and they can't seem to download them. I have used dropbox and google drive and in both instances the client's antivirus software is flagging the .exe file as a potential virus and refusing to download. What is the correct way to send the files to someone? Should I zip them first?

    I was looking at the 1060 as a minimum originally so that I could move on to the VR side of things but the prices seemed prohibitive.

    The expense of the graphics cards at the moment is crazy. I paid about £450 for my i7-2600 about 6 or 7 years ago and put a GTX 750ti in a couple of years back for another £100. So my pc is quite old but looking at the benchmarks for current processors it seems they have not moved on much? Similarly the laptop GPUs are quite weak in comparison to the 750ti until you get up to the 1050.

    It looks like I need to spend more than the £1000 or not bother.

    It might just be me but the exe file runs a lot more smoothly than when running enscape inside sketchup. With sketchup running enscape degrades while oving around the model and takes a few seconds to re-render when I stop moving. With the exe it is nice and smooth with little visible quality loss when moving around.

    I assume this is possibly a memory issue with having sketchup using up resources. My gtx750ti is starting to suffer a little when using enscape with sketchup but just tested some exe files on it and it was really nice quality. So I am now wondering about getting a laptop with an equivalent GPU to the 750ti or slightly better rather than a full on 1060/1070/1080.

    Hi all,

    Any help appreciated. I am based in the UK and use sketchup pro and enscape for architectural work. Most of my work is in the domestic residential sector. At present I use an old Dell Xps with an i7-2600 and GTX 750 TI installed. I generate still images from this which I then send on to the clients. I also have a Dell laptop with an AMD graphics card/i5 combo in it which really struggles but can just about run the enscape .exe files on the go.

    The .exe files are a brilliant idea but I frequently find my clients cannot open them on their own machines due to low specs (or no pc at all). So I would like a mobile solution that I can take with me to visit clients and "walk around" their projects in real time. I don't have a massive budget for this (around £1000) and it looks like that won't cut it for a decent laptop. I was looking at the Lenovo Y710 Cube which is a desktop with a handle for portability. It has a GTX 1070 paired with an i5-6400. I had some concerns about the processor with this but any case it seems to have been discontinued and now I cant fine one anywhere. They were available for around the £750 mark which seemed a bargain. Does anyone know any similar portable desktop type machines that would do the job. My thinking is that I would plug into client's televisions to display the model. Most people have a big screen hdtv nowadays.

    Really my main question is what sort of spec is required to run the .exe files at a decent quality? Do I really need a gtx 1070 upwards? Obviously graphic card prices are ridiculous at the moment.

    Thanks Ted, very happy with the results and the software in general. Its scary how simple it is to generate these with Sketchup and Enscape compared to what I used to try and do with 3ds Max and Vray!

    The tricky part as always is convincing my clients to pay for the visuals!! I do design and construction drawings for residential extensions etc but I feel the visuals are absolutely key to getting clients to understanding the scheme before any building work starts.

    Thanks for the comments, I know the outlines make it less realistic but was kind of going for an illustrative image rather than photo-real. However I have had a mess around with the outline settings and have done the following for comparison.

    I think some of the detail is lost and the image seems a bit flat with outlines turned off. Might just be a personal preference but I prefer the outlined version.

    I then tried reducing the outline percentage to 1%. The original image had 4%.

    Finally I upped the resolution from 1920 x 1080 to 3840 x 2160 and set the outline percentage to 2%

    This softens the outline quite a bit and might be seen as the happy medium. I think I still prefer the original to be honest but all thoughts welcome.

    Hi all,

    My first post and first serious attempt with Enscape for Sketchup having subscribed a month back. Been messing around with the trial version for a while and very impressed with it. Have been using Vray for about 7 years but never really got brilliant results from it (user skill rather than the software!) but finding so far that I get get much better results from Enscape in a much shorter space of time. I bought Vray 2.0 for sketchup back in January but probably won't use it now. I know it can produce brilliant results but I have never had the skills to be able to do so.

    The attached images are of small extension house extension project I am working on. Tried a day and night test with the same room. No post work, all standard sketchup materials, enscape lights etc. The reflections in the glass on the night view are a bit weird but apart from that I am quite happy with the results.