Originally posted on 4 October 2021. Scroll down for news of the open beta.
Enscape has announced Enscape for Mac, a new native macOS edition of its popular real-time rendering and virtual reality plugin for architectural and CAD software.
The new edition, which was announced at last week’s Envision 2021 user event, will ship in 2022.
An intuitive real-time renderer for architectural design and CAD software
First released in 2015, Enscape has quickly become one of the key tools in the architectural visualization market, reaching the top ten in the latest CGarchitect rendering survey.
The software live links to CAD and architectural design tools including Rhino and SketchUp, enabling users to explore large architectural scenes in real time, either on screen or in virtual reality.
The 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.
The software comes with its own time of day, clouds and atmospheric effects settings, and an accompanying library of over 2,500 assets like plants, vehicles and 3D people for populating scenes.
New native macOS now in open beta for SketchUp users
Although Enscape can currently be used on Apple hardware via Boot Camp, the new native macOS edition should improve performance on Macs.
The initial open beta is limited to SketchUp users, and currently only supports SketchUp 2021.
According to Enscape, the beta currently has “around 70% feature parity” with Enscape 3.1, lacking support for VR, video rendering, batch rendering and the Enscape asset library.
More features will be added in future updates, along with support for SketchUp 2022, and other Enscape host applications.
Pricing and system requirements
Enscape for Mac is available as a free open beta for SketchUp 2021 only.
The current production release, Enscape 3.3, is available for Archicad 22+, Revit 2019+, Rhino 6.0+, SketchUp 2019+ and Vectorworks 2020+ running on Windows 7+. It works with both AMD and Nvidia GPUs.
The software is rental-only, with node-locked licences costing $514.80/year and floating licences costing $898.80/year.
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