Enscape 4.0

Enscape 4.0 launches on Windows + Mac

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Architects that use the real time viz tool on Mac OS now have access to 95% of the feature set available on Windows

Chaos has released Enscape 4.0 on Windows and Mac OS X, the first time in the history of the real time viz tool that the software has been released simultaneously on both operating systems.

According to Chaos, the Mac version features 95% of the functionality of the Windows version, the highest in the product’s history. Mac users now have access to adjustable assets, collaborative annotations and more.

Enscape 4.0 includes over 1,700 adjustable assets covering furniture, clothes, vehicles and plants. They can be customised so users can dial in the ‘right feeling’ for a 3D scene.

With dynamic asset placement, users can pick, place, and edit assets using the Enscape rendering window. Any changes will be reflected live and can be quickly applied to multiple assets at a time.

Through the custom asset library teams can bring bespoke assets into Enscape. Custom assets can also be assigned colours, materials, and other key attributes to tailor them to different projects.

Enscape 4.0 also adds site context so architects can see what their building will look like onsite, without topographic modelling.

There’s also a new BIM Mode which allows users to find all single or grouped elements in a scene with a click. According to Chaos, this makes it easy to perform visual searches using BIM data attached to the scene.


Chaos has also improved collaboration thanks to live annotations that can be used to address change requests, material suggestions and other issues across global teams.

Elsewhere, thirty-two unique people assets have been added to the Enscape Asset Library, with a variety of different poses, outfits and accessories.

In addition, Enscape 4.0 adds 178 new variations of vegetation assets representing trees, bushes and flowers that grow in Mexico and various desert regions. Each of these can be animated, to add wind gusts and tree flutters.

Chaos has also used the latest Nvidia ReLAX Denoiser to enable users to reduce noise in image, video and VR captures. According to Chaos, the denoiser’s effects are especially visible in enclosed interior spaces with minimal direct light — particularly on glossy or metallic surfaces.

Additional features and improvements specifically for Windows, include: ray-traced artificial lights, an experimental feature to give a more realistic lighting experience; improved reflections and global illumination; and support for the Meta Quest 3 and HTC Vive Pro 2 VR headsets.

Other features include Rhino 8.3 support; Revit Worksharing optimisation; and enhanced integration with V-Ray, thanks to a new scene exporter that can transfer key data from Enscape to V-Ray and other visualization applications, including 3ds Max and Cinema 4D.

Meanwhile, read more about the future of Enscape in the following two AEC articles.

Enscape and V-Ray: a collaborative future

Enscape: building performance analysis