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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.

Hierarchy Mode using dark UI scheme, and maya icons


Layer Mode (including nested layers)

Material Mode

Additional Info: 

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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Alexandr Glazachev's picture

close it up

I would wait. But here's the idea: It still starts after you close the error window. If you could add a command immediately closing, an error message. Something like "Alt + F4". But Alt + F4 can, under certain conditions, close the max, although on the other hand he asks about preservation, well, there are possible re-mixing of course, you will need to be careful.

I'm not a programmer, so maybe I'm writing nonsense, I'm sorry if something goes wrong.

spacefrog's picture

The "shortcut exception at

The "shortcut exception at startup is because outliner scans the keyboard shortcut file and tries to interpret it. Since the format of that file has changed completely with the new shortcut manager, Outliner fails to do this and throws an exception..
This code is/was there to have 3ds Max shortcuts getting passed through to the 3ds Max window, while the Outpost window is active ( and receives the keyboard input)
I have a local source modification here that removes this feature ( and the exception ), with the side effect, that keyboard shortcuts are not getting passed throguh to 3ds Max while the outpost window is active

I thought i gonna fix this, but did'nt find time to do so ... i dont know WHEN i'll find time to do so either...
So what you want me to do ? post the semi-fixed build or are you patient enough for a complete fix ?

Alexandr Glazachev's picture

Failed to load shortcuts

Who would have even suggested.
Is it possible to solve this, and what is the matter.

chinaman's picture

fix it plz

The same problem

in 2021 max

Alexandr Glazachev's picture

The same problem

The same problem

in Listener:
** Outliner exception **
-- Runtime error: .NET runtime exception: was not expected.

abadone's picture

since max 2020 SP3

since max 2020 with services pack 3 with the new hotkey editor the outliner bug... :/


tosyk's picture

seems like it's country

seems like it's country depends. a year ago in russia the millions of ip addresses of amazon were banned. some of them were unbanned later. maybe this is the case.

spacefrog's picture

never heard of this issue -

never heard of this issue - Is this "no permission" message still showing for people trying the mentioned link ?

tosyk's picture

re-upload of outliner_2_1_6_SF and outliner_2_1_5

for those who can't access the link http://www.frogsinspace.at/?p=3001 because of "no permission" window I'm attaching these 2 latest builds of Outliner here. I test it with 3ds max 2019x64 without issues.

p.s.: all thanks to Josef 'spacefrog' Wienerroither for the update.

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g2m.agent's picture

Windows 10 x64 3ds Max 2013

Windows 10 x64
3ds Max 2013 x64
v2.1.5 works fine. thanks!

* 3.0 alpha install error:
Runtime Error (at 17:391): Out of Range.

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