ScriptOrganiser and Organiser[new]

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Version: 
1.2
Date Updated: 
02/11/2011


I rewrote the old scriptOrganiser from scratch, this time it is 95% pure .net  using c# with visual studio. Maintaining the old maxscript version was a pain since the script is pretty ui-heavy and very verbose code-wise in addition to  mixing the .net framework with maxscript. This time I made it less maxscript oriented so you can use it with all kinds of max related files and other files, hence the name change.. It lacks some of the features that the previous version had. If you want them back, just let me know.

Additional Info: 

New features:

  • Multiple custom root paths to build the treeview on. Smart building of the tree. (No deep recursion)
  • Max related files are opened in max now (Scenes, import etc). Other files are opened in their native programs.
  • Implemented file watch system that notifies and updates the treeview whenever outside changes are made to the root paths' files and folders.
  • No excess files. It is now only a .dll-file, a startup script and a macro script. (No custom icons or .ini files)
  • Hotbar displaying favourited files and folders
  • Widget displaying on hotbar mouseover with additional options
  • Uses the users own icons for the files.
  • Settings are saved as windows application data.
  • Optional automatic error report sending.
  • Feedback form
  • Uses the users own colors.

Note that it is pretty much untested so you can say this is kind of a beta version for the moment, but I have added an easy feedback form, so if you have any bugs or requests please let me know. I expect it to be some bugs here : )

The gui is still a bit klunky. The first picture shows the root paths option menu where you manage your paths that you want to add to the tree view.

Added "favorites" folder and  a hotbar which automatically displays the favorite files and folders, with a widget that pops up on mouse over displaying additional options:

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-- Old version:

Scriptorganiser is a tool for managing your scripts in a simple treeview layout, and when hidden it displays a quick access bar where you can add your favorite scripts with custom icons.

The image shows the script's layout and most of its characteristics, highlighting features such as internal drag and drop, creation of new folders and scripts, favourites folder and easy editing and running scripts right from the manager. It is easy hide-able so it wont take up too much screen estate.

The main idea behind this script is that you can just copy your script folder(with this script inside it) to any other PC and run the script once and have all your scripts ready to go in an instant. Alternatively you can copy your script folder to e.g. a dropboxfolder and use it from there and share it with others. Just run the script from you script folder and the script takes care of the setup!



Installation: Just drag this file into a max viewport or run it as a script, and an easy installer will pop up.
Download scriptOrganizer_old.mzp

The script optionally creates a startup script in\3ds Max 201x\Scripts\Startup\, and a folder named "_SO_" in the folder you choose when installing. You can access the "_SO_" folder by right clicking anywhere in the treeview and choose "Show source files". Tested and written in max 2011.

This is my first dive into the dotNet world in maxscript, so I'm sure there are some bugs laying around. Here is some of them that I know of:

  • Renaming of scripts created with the "new scripts" function will sometimes not work, that is, the scriptorganizer script will not let go of the control of the file so it can be edited. A re-run of the script will fix this issue.
  • When adding scripts to the hotbar, the favourite icons get skewed. When going to the treeview layout and back to the hotbar, the icons appear as they should.

Explanation of the GUI buttons (From left to right):
Hide: Minimizes the script organizer to the left.
Refresh view: Builds a new tree view. Useful if you have made changes to the script folder in windows while running the script.
Run: Executes the selected script, if a folder is selected then it is opened in windows. Double clicking a script/folder will do the same thing.
Edit: Edit the selected script, if a folder is selected then it is opened in windows.
Delete: Deletes the selected folder and sub folders and/or the selected script. Pressing the delete button will do the same.
Copy: Copies the selected folder and sub folders and/or the selected script.
Paste: Pastes the selected folder and sub folders and/or the selected script.
New folder: Creates a new folder inside the selected folder, if a script is selected then a new folder is created where the script is located.
New script: Creates a new script inside the selected folder, if a script is selected then a new script is created where the selected script is located.
Options Options for the script. More to be added soon.

Download old version scriptOrganizer_old.mzp

Version Requirement: 
Written and tested Max 2012. Not tested in previous versions.

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jinj's picture

I think it doesn't work any

I think it doesn't work any more in max 2018.
I see the script, I can run it, but no ui
anyone tried already?

Rokas's picture

edit order

how to edit order of the icons or even remove them?
[using new organizer]

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hustabasi's picture

ScriptOrganiser and Organiser[new] download link

ScriptOrganiser and Organiser[new] download link is not working.

atka007's picture

Can you add a Search Window so i can search for a string in the

I love your tool. I have dozens of flders filled with scripts and use it every day now.
The problem is that i cant find the script that i am looking for sometimes.
Can you add a Search Window so i can search for a string in the script name?
Also would be cool if it displayed a description of the script (the first couple commented out lines in the scrip) upon hovering over the script name.

dsp_418's picture

Not sure it is something

Not sure it is something wrong with my 3ds Max, but it seems is not working on 2015. Anyone can confirm? That would be a shame, this script it's so useful!

p.s. never mind, it seems it's working just fine! Great!! :)

titane357's picture

Nice script ! very usefull.

Nice script ! very usefull. But .mcr was installed in bad folder, need to move it to another folder to see it in the customize menu.

intheflesh's picture

Perfect, works great!

Perfect, works great!

haavards's picture

I added that option now,

I added that option now, redownload the .mzp and replace the files or reinstall the script. Let me know if it works.

dsp_418, it should be there by default. If not just run the Macro_scriptorganiser.mcr file that is in the .mzp file. Just open it with a winzip or a similar program to extract it.

intheflesh's picture

Would be great if we could

Would be great if we could set a preference to start in hotbar mode when 3ds max is launched. Currently it's opening in the full width for me on Win 7 3ds Max 2012 PU 10 x64

Great work!

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