Max Hotbox

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[Open Beta]
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Author Name: 
Andreas Meissner


This script is in open beta phase, available for public.

Who creates the best interface for the users? The users theirselves! This tool is inspired by the Maya Hotbox. It is not ment to be a tool collection on its own, its idea is to provide ways to you for accessing and organizing functionality. Build your own interface, customize your workflow to your needs.

Additional Info: 
  • show/hide hotbox-layer, run macros, execute scripts, open files or just re-execute your last hotbox action
  • trigger actions by using buttons, hotkeys, mousegestures, ...
  • build your own interface and organize your scripts as you want with hotbox profiles and nested layers
  • independent, Max Hotbox hotkeys override/suppress 3ds Max hotkeys
  • portable, no installation
  • all macros of 3ds max can be assigned to hotbox-buttons
  • style your hotbox with transparent and multicolor buttons, dock and group them with each other
  • provides as much functionality as possible for custom userscripts


  • should work for 3ds Max 9 SP2 - 3ds Max 2011
  • works for 32bit and 64bit systems

How to start Max Hotbox:

  • download and unpack
  • drag and drop the "MaxHotbox.mse" file into your viewport
  • hold down Spacebar on 3ds Max mainwindow

Max Hotbox is already configured for some simple tasks like Extrude a Face or so, but it is ment to be configured by yourself. It would be nice if you could share your configuration of Max Hotbox with other users. Please also watch the tutorial videos about Max Hotbox on YouTube to become familiar with the tool. I hope you will get along.

How to autostart Max Hotbox on next 3ds Max startup:

  • drag and drop the "" file into your viewport

How to upgrade from a previous version:

  • download and unpack the new version
  • replace the "Profiles" folder of the new version with the folder from the old version
    (the "Profiles" folder contains your configuration of Max Hotbox)


Watch Videos about Max Hotbox on YouTube


Your feedback is very welcome.


Version Requirement: 
3ds Max 9 SP2 - 3ds Max 2011
Other Software Required: 
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 or higher
Video URL: 


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delorean1988's picture

expire 2016


I just wanna know has anyone any solution for the expire problem, great script, except this problem I love this script so much


rocky's picture



I just wanna know has anyone any solution for the expire problem, great script, except this problem I love this script so much

ashitaka's picture

Date & time

I am using 3ds max 2012 x64. I had the expire problem to. I set my system date to one year ago and script installed. but there is other problems.

kaze369's picture


I'm getting the same "Expired" message when I start up 3ds max. Unless we can hack the .mse(I think) then there is nothing we can do. We'll just have to wait and see if the creator of the script will edit this.

k626781028's picture


"Max Hotbox Error - Can not find MaxHotbox.mse file "D:\Autodesk\3ds Max 2010\Scripts\max_hotbox\MaxHotbox.mse""
-- Error occurred during fileIn in
-- Error occurred in anonymous codeblock; filename: D:\Autodesk\3ds Max 2010\Scripts\max_hotbox\MaxHotbox.mse; position: 27348; line: 112
>> MAXScript FileIn Exception: -- Syntax error: at to, expected
-- In line: <<

This is what I got in MAXscript listener
And I use max2010 x64.
Wish you can fix it so we can use in other version of max.

huschi's picture


Hum, got the same annoying message: Expired!!

Is there no solution out there or is it cause I try to run it under 2012?
Any hint is welcome.

Thanks in advance.


MaxGoodwin's picture


Hi! I have any idea how to solve troubles with running any scripts from hotbox. But that amazing script is expired. How can I use it again? Thank you!

scumm's picture


Hope your still working on this, as its really helpfull in overcomming max's idiotic design. A few things tho..

1) Not always very stable (hotbox buttons vanish etc.). Restarting usually fix it tho.

2) The 'alt-tab window' gets flooded with icons. Abit anoying.

3) Expired? =D

Much luv!

khatake's picture

I will try to work out

I will try to work out gestures. Maybe I'm doing something wrong.

I'm using max 2012 64bit (with services packs and hotfixes) and it works for me. I hope you will be able to solve this issue. Good hot box is something for what max users would kill.

Is there a possibility to remove this "Hot Box has expired" issue ? I have to change the date back to 2011 to make it work.

I really wish you could make it work. Potential is enormous.

real08121985's picture

"Mousegesture doesn't work

"Mousegesture doesn't work for me. I set up a script to apply front view with numpad1 + U mousegesture but it doesn't work."

Do the mousegestures dont work at all? Maybe try to setup a mousegesture by using the exlanation in the tutorial videos, that should work. Just to check if those would work.

"There is a a problem with default turbo smooth modifier. In the script of this node you should delete one "modPanel.addModToSelection". You typed it twice."

Ah okay, thank you. I did that script real quik to set up a first basic configuration for the hotbox. Improvements are always welcome!

"I hope you are still working on this awesome script."

Not right now sadly. The problems with Max2012 took away the motivation since it is a real deep problem, not a quick fix. For some people it works on 2012, for some not. It is confusing, for myself it did not worked.

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