Thursday, March 28th, 2024 Posted by Jim Thacker

Enscape releases Enscape 4,0

Enscape has released Enscape 4.0, the latest version of of its real-time visualisation software.

The update improves the quality of ray traced output, makes it possible to export data to V-Ray, and adds support for Intel Arc GPUs and new virtual reality headsets.

An intuitive real-time renderer for architectural design and CAD software
First released in 2015, Enscape has become one of the key tools in the architectural visualization market, reaching the top ten in the last CGarchitect rendering survey.

The software integrates with CAD and architectural design tools including Rhino and SketchUp, enabling users to explore large architectural scenes in real time, either on screen or in VR.

Output is ray traced, and can be used for less demanding final-quality rendering, with the option to generate still images, animations, 360-degree panoramas or interactive scenes.

Its developer, also called Enscape, merged with V-Ray developer Chaos in 2022.

Enscape 4.0: improvements to render quality
Enscape 4.0 improves the visual quality of output, using the ReLAX denoiser when rendering still images, mono panoramas and video on NVIDIA GPUs.

On Windows, the amount of geometry visible in ray traced reflections has been increased, with the geometry cap now varying according to GPU memory, rather than being a fixed limit.

Ray tracing is also now supported in beta for artificial lights as well as natural lighting.

Now integrates the V-Ray Scene Exporter
Another key new feature is the V-Ray Scene Exporter, described as letting users “transfer key data from Enscape to V-Ray and other design applications” in V-Ray’s .vrscene format.

Chaos had previously introduced the ability to read .vrscene files exported from Enscape in V-Ray for 3ds Max and V-Ray for Cinema 4D.

Support for Intel Arc GPUs and new VR headsets
Other changes include support for Intel Arc GPUs, alongside NVIDIA and AMD GPUs, and on Windows, support for the Meta Quest 3 and Vive Pro 2 virtual reality headets.

The accompanying asset library has also been updated, with 32 new unique people assets and 178 variations of animated vegetation assets.

Updates to Enscape for Mac
The macOS edition of the software moves closer to parity with Windows, with new features including dynamic asset placement, collaborative annotations, and support for BIM data.

Since we last wrote about Enscape for Mac, Enscape has made it compatible with more host applications, now including Archicad, Rhino and Vectorworks as well as SketchUp.

Pricing and system requirements
Enscape 4 is available for Windows 10+ and macOS 12.6+.

It integrates with Archicad 26+, Rhino 7+, SketchUp 2022+ and Vectorworks 2023+ on Windows and macOS, and also with Revit 2022+ on Windows.

The software is available rental-only. Node-locked licences now cost $84.90/month or $562.80/year; floating licences now cost $958.80/year.

Read an overview of the new features in Enscape 4.0 on the product website

Read a list of new features in Enscape 4.0 in the online release notes

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