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Alpha Stage over, Commercial and Time-Trial will come shortly

The Frowser is a project i've been developing for private use originally but with version 2 and the addition of new features i decidet to release it as freeware. On the left side of the UI you can see a dotNet Treeview used for the directory browser, it lists all HDDs of the PC under the Drives node and allows for fully functional browsing (its not using deepSearches but increments deeper into the structure as you expand/select nodes), you can also add/remove Favorite folders to/from the Treeview from the rightClick-menu, the same goes for Favorite Files.

On the right side you see a dotNet listview displaying the files contained in the currently selected directory. When you rightClick a file an allways new and custom rightClick-menu is created wich includes windows-level file operations as well as max-level ones. MaxFiles for example you can Merge into the current scene, Load in the currently opened instance of max, Open in a new instance of max, ect. BitMaps you can view in Max, Copy to Clipboard, View in their Default App, Assign to a chosen slot of the material currently selected in the material editor and more. MaxScript files you can Run, Edit, Encrypt, ect and of course all max files supported by max import plugins can be imported froim the rightclick menues. The thumbnails in the listview are possible thanks to lonerobot

Every supported fileType has a custom rightclickMenu depending on the type and what you can do with it. For the first example its a maxscript file wich you can run, edit or encrypt.

Additional Info: 

This release is not yet finished in terms of overal functionality but stable and ready for larger scale testing, so feel free to leave feedback and crits in the comments section. If you have ideas for future features, those are welcome too.

**update history

  • fixed the part where it would sometimes ignore folders starting with certain characters
  • windows doesnt have to be on C:\ anymore
  • better navigation added (can be navigated with keyboard too now)


  • added onlineBrowser
  • fixed some small bugs


  • changed visual appreareance
  • streamlined UI creation code
  • added file copy/move handlers
  • slightly changed resize behavior for mini-UI


  • updated copy/move & paste functionality
  • added import of maxFiles as xRef Objects and scenes
  • added direct bitmap2material assignment for object selection

supported fileTypes:

  • .max
  • .bmp .jpg .gif .png .tga .tif .dds .psd .hdr .cin .cws .exr .fxr .pic .ifl .jpe .jpeg .rgb .rgba .sgi .int .inta .bw .rla .rpf .vda .icb .vst .yuv
  • .fbx .3ds .dwg .obj .dae .prj .ai .dem .xml .ddf .dxf .flt .htr .ige .igs .iges .ipt .wire .iam .ls .vw .lp .sat .shp .skp .stl .trc .xml ...
  • .ms .mse

now most importantly, get to your files, fast

Version Requirement: 
2008 and higher
Other Software Required: 
dotNet runtime env. 2.0.5


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Graph's picture

hmmm .. mmm, on it :)

hmmm .. mmm, on it :)

Raphael Steves

fajar's picture

syntax error : at bad,

syntax error : at bad, expected factor
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fajar's picture

OK ...tried it now, btw I

OK ...tried it now, btw I already install avg and my max version is productivity booster which is higher than sp2 (or 3dsMax 9.5)......

Graph's picture

Thx, did you try installing

Thx, did you try installing the Avguard Extensions and SP2 in max 9? That should theoretically make it work. Afaik you need to install sp2 in order for the Avguard DLX Extension to work.
As you might have noticed while switching between max versions the favorites stay the same and are available in every max version, thats because i save them in the registry. The registry functions are only available with the avg extension.
If i were to switch to ini files that would remove one incompatibility but then there'd be no easy way to guaranty that all max versions share the same favs. In terms of .max files that wouldn't be so bad but for bitmaps ect it might.
Let me know if it does work with the avg extension installed

Raphael Steves

fajar's picture

Good script, run smoothly in

Good script, run smoothly in max 2009, the thing I want request is, can you make it compatible in max 9 too ?

thank you very much.

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