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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asymptote's picture

This is a very neat script,

This is a very neat script, but I'm having a few problems with it.

Options don't work for me (Max 2011 32 bit), It starts docked, even when the box is unchecked.

When I float the window, minimise and expand, it's docked again.

anyway I hope you keep up with dotnet and improve this script, VERY cool , it just seems a bit buggy at the mo'

+1 vote

snailspeed's picture

slight hiccup

Hi Haavards,

This sounds like a neat little scripts, but I've come up against a problem.

I've minimised the bar and I cant' seem to expand it again. I can't click the buttons. Instead all the cursor wants to do is to tear the bar off or dock it again.

Haven't figured out if this a problem with my 3dsmax yet, but I'll have a play and find out.

Scrawld

EDIT: This is with 3DS MAX 2010 64bit. I just re-read the description and saw the last line where it says it will not work with lower versions. Oops, perhaps thats why.

mustafa mamdouh's picture

error message

@haavards
yes i get a message when i tried to install it and i still get it every time i run max

--Runtime error: fileIn: can't open file -
"D:\Downloads\_SO_\_SO_Scriptorganizer.ms"

hope that help :)

thanks to scriptspot community

haavards's picture

Hola!

titane357: You can change the script folder by installing it again. When I got time I will add an option to do so inside the script instead of reinstalling it :)

mustafa: When I try to run the script in versions prior to max2010 it just shuts the whole program down without any error message, so debugging it is kind of hard at the moment. Do you get any errors messages?

mustafa mamdouh's picture

not working in 3ds max 2009 - 64bit

any hope for that :)

thanks to scriptspot community

titane357's picture

nice script !! how can I

nice script !! how can I change the script folder ?

tassel's picture

I've used this script a while

I've used this script a while now since I managed to "trick" Haavards to make this in lack of max script knowledge ;)

I recommend it strongly. :o)

Raymond H.Ingebretsen - http://www.homme3d.com

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