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 The Outliner 2.0 is a fast and easy to use scene management tool. It has a wide range of features, including selecting, hiding, freezing, linking and grouping objects in the "Hierarchy Mode". In the "Layer Mode" you can organize your scene by dragging&dropping objects from one layer to the other. What's more, the Outliner offers support for nested layers, to manage scenes more efficiently. The interface is nimble enough to keep it open constantly.

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Compared to the previous version (1.6.1), there are many improvements. Most notable among them are: hugely increased performance, improved stability, nested layer support and many small tweaks to improve the ease of use. For a list of all changes, click here

Version Requirement: 
3ds Max 2010
Other Software Required: 
.NET 3.5 Framework
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spacefrog's picture

Fix for Outliner 2.1.5 with Max 2017SP1+ is in the works

Im currently working on a fix. Seems the problem is related to Max2017+ breaking byRef storage in arrays, which Outliner uses a lot for filtering stuff etc .will take some days and i'll post the results ...

Update: okay fix is complete, will still take some time to pack it up. Maybe i'll look into some other quirks i remember getting from time to time while using outliner...

SMFoged's picture

Max 2017 SP2

Version 2.1.5 breaks after I install max 2017 SP2.

Hope there is a fix

Stephen Meldal Foged
Max User since 1997
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jusdepoubelle's picture


Hi guys,
When the outliner is in hierarchy mode and I do some parenting in the scene, some bugs appears like doubles. The only way to make it right again is to switch to layer mode and back to hierarchy. Is there a way to force the redraw?
Anyway, thanks a lot for this script, it's insanely helpful.

harumscarum's picture

3.0 install issue

tried both Regular and Full versions from github but it only installing 3 dll files and Outliner folder is missing

could anyone please share full installed Outliner3 config for 3dsmax 2014*64?


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Univerpix Studio's picture


I got the following error in 3ds Max 2015

System.MissingMethodException: Method not found: 'Autodesk.Max.IILayer Autodesk.Max.IILayerManager.GetLayer(System.String ByRef)'.
at Outliner.LayerTools.AutoInheritProperties.LayerCallbacks.Added(ITab`1 nodes)
at Autodesk.Max.Wrappers.ManagedWrapperINodeEventCallback.Added(ManagedWrapperINodeEventCallback* , Tab* nodes)

Lantrancy's picture

crash when loading 3dsmax

crash when loading 3dsmax 2014 after install 3.0.25 full.
and .Net error when load outliner 3.0 regular

any help?

artursamenezes's picture

install Outliner 3

GITHUB (a few dificult to find):


There are:

  • Latest_Full.exe
  • Latest_Regular.exe
  • Outliner_3.0.25_Full.exe
  • Outliner_3.0.25_Regular.exe

OK? Smile



harumscarum's picture

how to install Outliner 3

there are no any mcr files in scripts folder
only 3 dlls and some xmls installed

asymptote's picture

@designingpatrick Sounds like


Sounds like you have remnants of Outliner 3 kicking around, search your Max root and enu folders for "outliner", I think there are 3 .dlls placed there by the installation.

Sadly Outliner is no longer being developed (unless someone takes over the Alpha.)

I was getting dot.net errors too with 3 in 2015, so dropped back to 2.1.5, slower than 3 on large scenes but much better than the scene explorer they stuck onto Max.

designingpatrick's picture

-- Runtime error: dotNet

-- Runtime error: dotNet runtime exception: Invalid directory on URL. <<

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