Enable Enscape


After the Enscape .exe installer has finished running and has been closed, you should then be able to open Archicad, whereby Enscape should then be visible as a toolbar in the Archicad User Interface(UI).  When using Enscape for Archicad, the toolbar can be either a docked or floating window.

However, you may also find that you have to manually enable Enscape in the CAD via the CAD’s toolbar / menu options. This article explains how that is done for Archicad.

In a situation where you do not see any reference to Enscape in the Archicad menu or toolbar options, it is likely that the installation is corrupt or was somehow unsuccessful. In such circumstances it would be recommended to perform a fresh reinstall of Enscape. This means, uninstalling Enscape completely, rebooting the machine, and then running the Enscape installer again. You should also refer back to the installation steps, found here.

Enable Enscape in Archicad

Once installed, the Enscape plugin can be located through the Archicad -> Window -> Palettes menu. Here you can see the Enscape Palette to the far right:

Open the Enscape Palette

Open the Enscape Palette

You should also have, by default, an Enscape menu option in the Archicad top menu, which you can then click to reveal all the Enscape options. 

Enscape in top level Archicad menu

Enscape in top level Archicad menu

You can also select the Archicad Toolbars options to create an Enscape Toolbar, which can then be docked horizontally or vertically into the Archicad workspace.

Docking the Enscape toolbar in Archicad

Docking the Enscape toolbar in Archicad

As Enscape is only available as a Palette by default, which is only vertically dockable, then if you want Enscape options available as an Archicad Toolbar you will have to manually create that toolbar. To do this, take the following steps:

Click on the Archicad Window -> Toolbars -> Toolbars.. option.

This will open the Archicad Work Environment window, and the Toolbars section will be highlighted.

Click on Toolbar Options, and then New Toolbar…

Name it Enscape.

From the List drop-down menu options, select All new commands in alphabetical order.

You will then be show a list. From the list highlight all options that have (Enscape) after the name, apart from Enscape (Enscape) and Enscape Toolbar (Enscape) and then click the >>> Add selected >>>. This will add these buttons to the Enscape Toolbar you created previously.

You can then re-order these options to suit your needs, and it is worth having Enscape Palette open and visible whilst you do this so that you can mirror the order for the sake of consistency.

Once done, click OK which will close the Work Environment window.

Click again on Window -> Toolbars -> and you will see Enscape listed as an Toolbar option.  Click on it, and a horizontal Enscape Toolbar that you created in the previous steps should become visible, either floating or docked. This can be left floating, or dragged and docked vertically or horizontally to the Archicad workspace.

Starting Enscape in Archicad

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

  • Open your Archicad project file and make sure you have either a Perspective or Axonometry view open.
Open the required view in ArchiCAD

Open the required view in ArchiCAD

  • Click on the “Start Enscape” button in the Enscape menu, palette or toolbar.
  • 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  Synchronize Views will sync the perspective view from Archicad to the Enscape window.

    Do you need help with Enscape? Please contact our technical support here
    or send request directly through Enscape. Don't know how? Check this article.

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