The annual release of Autodesk Revit dropped earlier this month (April 2022). One thing many firms wait for when upgrading to a new version of Revit is for all their essential add-ins to be available in the new version. In just two weeks from this new release, Enscape has released an updated build of their installer, which supports Revit 2023 already! In addition to all the new features in Revit, Enscape also recently released version 3.3, which includes a healthy list of new features and enhancements. For example, access to extensive site context, transparent materials in reflections, new academic-focused assets (examples in this article), and more. All this is sure to keep the architectural visualization enthusiast energized and inspired. Let’s take a closer look at these new features and improvements in today’s blog.
Revit can now reference materials stored in the cloud. This solves the age-old problem of how to share rendering assets (i.e., textures) across firms collaborating on a building design. There are a number of workarounds, such as creating shared folders, but this requires extra/manual setup. First, within the BIM 360 project, you create a folder to store the project textures. Of course, you don’t need the textures that install with Revit, as they will be on everyone’s computer locally.
Next, copy any textures used/needed for a given project in the local Autodesk Docs folder. This folder is automatically synced to your computer for any BIM 360 projects shared with you. Any new textures needed throughout the project will need to be copied here and not saved/linked from your normal office/server location.
A favorite new feature in Revit 2023 is the option to duplicate a material. In the Material Editor, simply right-click on a material, and you will now find two clearly labeled options to duplicate a material. When you select Duplicate Material and Assets, the appearance texture will no longer be associated with the original material. The other duplicate option, Duplicate Using Shared Assets, matches the functionality of the original Duplicate command in previous versions.
A performance-focused enhancement Enscape users might want to know about is the ability to disable the raster image snapshots taken every time you move around within a 3D view. This was/is being done in support of a feature many may not even know about (although I use it often)… that is, the Rewind tool within the Steering Wheel feature. The option to toggle the thumbnails back on, if desired, can be found within the Options dialog, as shown in the next image below. Rewind is a great way to move backwards in a Revit 3D view. If you are using Enscape’s Synchronize Views tool, it will even “rewind” the view in Enscape!
Note that the Rewind function will still work, it just does not have the thumbnail references as shown in the image below.
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Source: Author Dan Stine from blog.enscape3d.com