Isolation Levels

7 votes
Date Updated: 
05/15/2014
Author Name: 
Andreas Meissner

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

Additional Info: 

installation:

  • close all open 3ds Max instances
  • remove old versions of this script
  • copy scriptfile "isolation_levels.ms" 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

features:

  • 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
AttachmentSize
isolation_levels_12.ms9.07 KB
isolation_levels_23.zip3.55 KB

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jsrocha's picture

error

Hi, i´m getting this error sometimes - http://prntscr.com/bluub1
Just to let you know, thanks!

Jsrocha

jsrocha's picture

suggestion

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,

Jsrocha

barigazy's picture

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Even better. I miss that:)
Cheers!

barigazy

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

+1

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

barigazy

real08121985's picture

Update:Due to the problems

Update:

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.

vidivini500's picture

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1) When opening isolevels dialog it instantly disappears. This happens only on my computer yet. I recently reinstalled Windows and the same 3ds Max version as before, so I'm not really sure why this error happens yet.

Same here, please check what happend

Thanks

Herr Bert's picture

So far it's running smoothly,

So far it's running smoothly, but I have to admit I forgot to install the latest version.
Sometimes I have to close the IL Dialog and start a new Isolation to get it working again.

real08121985's picture

I recently encountered 2

I recently encountered 2 errors happening with this script:

1) When opening isolevels dialog it instantly disappears. This happens only on my computer yet. I recently reinstalled Windows and the same 3ds Max version as before, so I'm not really sure why this error happens yet.

2) A coworker has a Microsoft .Net error. A .Net error message will appear again and again on the screen.

Both errors only occured on single PCs yet, so no mass errors yet.
Can anyone report similar (or other) issues / bugs / errors with this script?

Herr Bert's picture

This script has completely

This script has completely replaced the Max standard version for me. Many thanks again! :)
I wondered if you were still working on the task of saving the isolation with the file. When saving manually I remember most of the time to exit IL, but autobackups can be a bit of a headache.
Did you ever think about simply using the standard isolation for this?
Your script would remember the levels, but isolate the selection with max's built in system. This way one could simply exit isolation if one had to recover an autobackup file or saved the file with IL active.

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