Enable Enscape


After the Enscape .exe installer has finished running and has been closed, you should then be able to open Vectorworks, whereby Enscape should then be visible as a tool set in the Vectorworks User Interface(UI).

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 Vectorworks.

In a situation where you do not see any reference to Enscape in Vectorworks menu or tool set 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 Vectorworks

Once installed, Enscape will be available as a tool set in Vectorworks. If the tool set is not immediately shown, you may need to start and close Vectorworks once before installing Enscape, in which case you should uninstall Enscape first. After you reinstall Enscape you may then also need to manually add it to your Vectorworks’ workspace. This can be done via the Vectorworks’ menu option Tools->Third-party->Enscape->Add Enscape to workspace.

Enable the Enscape tool set

Enable the Enscape tool set

Starting Enscape in Vectorworks

Once enabled, you can open the Enscape tool set to access the Start button. Open the Enscape tool set by clicking on the Enscape tab.

Location of Enscape Tool Set in Vectorworks

Location of Enscape Tool Set in Vectorworks

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

  • Open a Vectorworks project file.
  • Click on the Enscape logo in the tool set. This will trigger the Enscape toolbar at the top of the screen.
  • Clicking the Start button in the Enscape toolbar will trigger the Enscape window to open.
Start Enscape via the toolbar

Start Enscape via the toolbar

You can leave Enscape open while you make any desired changes in Vectorworks (e.g. cross sections, materials or geometric changes in the model). Your changes will show up instantly as long as Live Updates is not paused in Enscape (its the same button as the Start Enscape button, see below). Activating Synchronize Views  will sync the perspective view from Vectorworks to the Enscape window.

The Start Enscape button which also acts as the Pause / Resume Live Updates in Vectorworks

The Start Enscape button which also acts as the Pause / Resume Live Updates in Vectorworks

    Do you need help with Enscape? Please contact our technical support here
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