Project Manager

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Alexander Kramer

Project Manager - Asset Browser for 3ds Max

  • Best tool for organizing any type of 3D files.
  • Simple drag and drop for merging and assigning models, materials, textures, biped, IES lights and more.
  • Interactive rendering previews for materials and IES files.
  • Show native previews for 3ds Max files, HDRI & etc.
  • Search files by tags and file-names.
  • Missing external files management.
  • Support to most used renderers like Vray, Corona, Octane, Mental Ray, Arnold & etc.

Changes for Project Manager v.2.80.61:

  • Adds the ability to customize templates of Materials and Textures
  • Adds support to VRscans Materials *
  • Adds support to DarkTree Materials *
  • Adds support to OSL Materials ( VRayOSLMtl ) *
  • Adds support to GLSL Materials ( VRayGLSLMtl ) *
  • Adds support to SiNi ProxSi
  • Adds the ability to set custom path for cache folder
  • Adds the ability for restore database from backups
  • Adds 'Standard Surface' and 'Physical Material' to list of default templates for Materials
  • Fixes an issue for 3Ds Max 2014 with dragging a material to Project Manager from Slate Material Editor
  • Fixes an issue with fitting camera view to nodes when camera has invalid target
  • Fixes the issue with rendering preview for Proxy in versions 2.70.25-2.70.37 using the Batch Render&Relink tool.
  • Fixes the bug with filtering items in Demo mode
  • Fixes the bug with rendering previews for models and materials in versions 2.70.25-2.70.37
  • Fixes the bug with crash of 3Ds max when Corona interactive rendering is active
  • Fixes a bug when working with Assets whose name begins with the symbol "$" ( Error message: "$directory not recognized")
  • Fixes an issue with saving materials and models with maps.
  • Fixes an issue with using the render settings from scene/studio in batch mode.
  • Fixes an issue with redrawing some items after changing the thumbnails size for listview.
  • Fixes an issue with network paths in Folder Browser dialog.
  • Fixes an issue with preview for some SketchUp files.
  • Fixes an issue with displaying asset files for xRef scenes.
  • Fixes the bug with crashing the 3Ds Max when user try remove some links from scene.
  • Fixes the rare bug what can occurs on closing the plugin.
  • Fixes the issue with opening VrMat files with #Found status.
  • Fixes the issue with found compatible renderer for some materials.
  • Fixes the issue with saving Material Library after changing the path to VrMat file.

Update History for all versions.

Models 3D Models Browser
Materials Materials Browser
Textures Textures Browser
IES IES Photometric Browser
Asset Files Asset Tracking

Quick Start Frequently Asked Questions

Main Features

  • Simple adding the models, materials, textures and IES into the scene
  • Cataloging libraries of models, materials, textures and IES
  • Sync database on network. [*new]
  • Full support to all types of Drag&Drop (Cataloging, merging, apply materials & etc.)
  • Displays thumbnails for Bitmaps, 3d models, Proxy, IES, Material Libraries and other file-types (include formats HDR, EXR, PSD and other)
  • Interactive rendering preview for materials and IES [*new]
  • Ability to exclude from Merging unwanted objects
  • Ability to auto-fix Texture paths for merged objects on the fly
  • Replacement scene objects by other objects
  • Automatic conversion the merging models to the proxy
  • Saving the models and materials with maps
  • Saving the Proxy with materials
  • Save/Restore Materials with modifiers
  • Support to Slate Material Editor
  • Search files by name, description and tags.
  • Ability to add a description and tags to max, ies and image files.
  • Display of embedded thumbnails in 3ds max and AutoCad files.

Asset Tracking

  • Search for missing assets
  • Relink external files
  • Collect external files
  • Archiving a 3ds Max scene [*new]
  • Ability to exclude files from collecting by type of file
  • Rename the links by mask
  • Removing the maps from scene
  • Selecting the objects by their links to files
  • Displays in interactive mode a list of files linked to selected objects
  • Place Materials and BitmapTextures into the Material Editor
  • Show/Hide bitmap in viewport
  • Opening the files into the external application.
  • Ability to collect the Asset files via clipboard and drag&drop method
  • Include the “Batch Render&Relink” tool for organize the Asset files into the 3d Models and Materials Libraries in the batch mode
  • Support to xRef files.

Misc Features

  • Support to almost all known renderers and plug-ins.
  • Unostentatious and "Transparent" the demo-version
  • Ability to back-up settings before reinstalling 3ds Max or Windows
  • Autocheck for updates
  • User-Friendly interface
  • Usability Default Setting

Additional Info: 

This is a commercial script.

Wishlist for future versions.

  • Ability to render preview as .png with alpha channel (idea by David Le Cardinal) [ready!]
  • Search and Description for 3d models (idea by Claus Mindermann) [ready!]
  • Search and Description for materials (idea by Ralf Jaskulki)
  • Preservation of materials with modifiers [ready!]
  • Custom studio for materials and models [ready!]
  • Show materials in tree [ready!]
  • Using a single database on a network. [ready!]
  • Mass rename the asset links and files on hard drive. (idea by Dmitriy Tereshchuk)
  • Use regex and the simple patterns to refine the search files.(idea by Sorvin Sergey) [ready!]
  • Search images by color. (idea by Oleg Budeanu)

Note: Please use latest updates for your version of 3ds max
3ds Max Updates & Service Packs
3ds Max Design Updates & Service Packs


Demo version allows to work only with non-strikeout files.

Version Requirement: 
3ds Max 2012 and above (32 and 64 bits)
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Kstudio's picture

There are only a commercial

There are only a commercial version of PM.

You can use the Demo version of PM for unlimited time.

No problem after uninstall.

You can open your scenes exact same as always.

othoap's picture


free/lite PM version Questions:
- For the time period I was using PM are all my scene's tide to PM?
- If I uninstall PM using the mzp will I have scene file issues when reopening said scene with out PM installed?


ocseong818's picture

xRef Objects

Yes, I will buy Project Manager once its has the "xRef Objects" feature, thanks.

Kstudio's picture
ocseong818's picture

"xref objects" in 'Model Merge Options'

Hi thanks. But your method is "xref scene". What I want is "xref objects", is that possible?

ocseong818's picture

"xref objects" in 'Model Merge Options'

There are only three options in "Model Merge Options":
1) Merge as Proxy
2) Use Existing Proxy-File
3) Display as Box

Is it possible to merge the 3D model objects like using the "xref objects", that can be found in 3dsmax's file menu?

Kstudio's picture

Excuse, but I think that you

Excuse, but I think that you incorrectly measure time.

Folder: Z:\!_Maps\_Maps_sorted\!_Best_Maps\Fabrik\
Test #1
Project Manager
Items Count: 2069 | Total Lenght: 47.2 MB | Time:7.784 sec
Items Count: 2069 | Total Lenght: 47.2 MB | Time:12.564 sec
Test #2
Project Manager
Items Count: 2069 | Total Lenght: 47.2 MB | Time:7.923 sec
Items Count: 2069 | Total Lenght: 47.2 MB | Time:12.151 sec
Folder: Z:\!_Maps\_Maps_sorted\!_Best_Maps\Fabrik\\New Folder
Test #1
Project Manager
Items Count: 2267 | Total Lenght: 145.4 MB | Time:8.99 sec
Items Count: 2267 | Total Lenght: 145.4 MB | Time:13.052 sec
Test #2
Project Manager
Items Count: 2267 | Total Lenght: 145.4 MB | Time:8.954 sec
Items Count: 2267 | Total Lenght: 145.4 MB | Time:13.23 sec
Folder: Z:\!_Maps\_Maps_sorted\!_Best_Maps\_ARROWAY\arroway-wood\Maps
Test #1
Project Manager
Items Count: 157 | Total Lenght: 1.1 GB | Time:0.533 sec
Items Count: 157 | Total Lenght: 1.1 GB | Time:1.067 sec
Test #2
Project Manager
Items Count: 157 | Total Lenght: 1.1 GB | Time:0.535 sec
Items Count: 157 | Total Lenght: 1.1 GB | Time:1.053 sec

vbn's picture

Another thing I noticed...

And another thing I noticed - is there going to be speed improvement in the next versions? I noticed that the project manager hangs for 4-5 second before showing up the files if they are on a network location. In "HCG asset browser pro" (script similar to "Project Manager") the files show up almost instantly. I hope that this gets solved in next releases.

Kstudio's picture

>>I just did a test with an

>>I just did a test with an empty folder on the network and it gets wiped out completely!
Any who is familiar with a network knows about it.
Windows so works.
I think the "Project Manager" must have ability to delete files.
And certainly a key "Delete" have knowingly placed out separately from the basic keyboard keys.
It is difficult for pressing by accident.
Sorry, but i not plan to remove this ability.

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