Isolation Levels

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Author Name: 
Andreas Meissner

Create nested isolations, go back and forth between them. Hope it helps.

Additional Info: 


  • close all open 3ds Max instances
  • remove old versions of this script
  • copy scriptfile "" into 3ds Max startup folder (example: "C:\Program Files\Autodesk\3ds Max 2012\Scripts\Startup")
  • copy imagefiles "IsoLevels1_16i.bmp, ..." into 3ds Max usericons folder (example: "C:\Users\Username\AppData\Local\Autodesk\3dsMax\2012 - 64bit\enu\UI\usericons")
  • start 3ds Max and open menu Customize > Customize User Interface > Toolbars (Category: # Scripts)
  • create a new toolbar and drag and drop the commands "Isolation Levels - Backward, ... Forward, ... New Iso, ... Exit Iso" to it
  • restart 3ds Max, enjoy


  • works as fast as the standard isolate
  • number of isolations: infinite
  • unlike the standard Isolation Mode, this script hides Xrefs while rendering in isolation
  • hint: I find it very useful to put this script on the Alt+Q button and replace the old isolation function of 3ds max
  • you can find the current isolation level in the title of the 3ds Max window, behind the scenename

script at work (old user interface, script has no extra window anymore):

to do:

  • isolation state should be stored in maxfile
Version Requirement: 
tested with 3ds Max 2012
isolation_levels_12.ms9.07 KB
isolation_levels_23.zip3.55 KB


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eingl12's picture

one of the best simple script ideas

This functionality should be 3ds max native, after two years I can not imagine working wihout this one.

ruhl's picture

saved me tons of time

One of the 10 best scrips that save hours on a daily basis!

JezUK's picture

**** Now working correctly in

**** Now working correctly in 3DS Max 2021 - I simply hadn't installed script fully/correctly ****

JezUK's picture

Doesn't work for 3DS Max 2021

Can anyone help please ?

This is my most used script, I use it every single time I open and use 3DS Max.

It installs okay, just doesn't do anything when you click the buttons.

Will donate to get it to working.


jsrocha's picture


Hi, i´m getting this error sometimes -
Just to let you know, thanks!


jsrocha's picture


Hi Andreas, great script, i´m using it instead of max native isolate, can´t go back now :)
i have a suggestion, but i don´t know if can be done. Is there a way to put a hide selection to the isolate levels? I did a trick through macro recorder, i select the objetc (or objects) that i want to hide then select invert, and then create a new isolation level and so on. It works, but not always and not in the better way. Do you think it can be added to the script?
Thanks man,


barigazy's picture


Even better. I miss that:)


real08121985's picture

Oh by the way, the isolation

Oh by the way, the isolation level is shown in the title of the window, at the end behind the scenename.

barigazy's picture


Nice works Andi.
A suggestion:
You can add one more button (toggle on/off) in the toolbar which can show info of "isolevel" number as "gw.text" in viewport


real08121985's picture

Update:Due to the problems


Due to the problems with the extra dialog, the script interface has been simplified alot to remove possible causes for malfunction. If you install the latest version, now you need to create a toolbar first and add the macros of the script to it.

Script is now much more reliable and stable.

Also the handling of Xrefs has been improved alot. If you have a scene with Xrefs and you want to preview render an isolated object, then Xrefs wont be hidden with the standard 3ds Max isolation mode. With Isolation Levels Xrefs wont be rendered when using isolation.

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