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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

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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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appius's picture

hiden merged objects

I've noticed that on some scene I've to shut down outliner otherwise the object I merged into my scene aren't visible at all.

PJanssen's picture

There currently isn't a

There currently isn't a "hide/unhide all layers" feature. But it should be very easy to add (for end-users) in version 3.0.
I like the idea of alt-clicking to hide everything else, I'll add that.

appius's picture

some features wanted

i didn't fing how to hide / unhide all layer. does it exist?
it would be also nice to be able to alt clic on a layer to hide all layers except one, such as in photoshop.

PJanssen's picture

These issues won't be fixed

These issues won't be fixed for 2.1 unfortunately. The Outliner is far from dead though. I'm currently working hard on a brand new version.

antonov3d's picture

Please fix it, those bugs

Please fix it, those bugs driving me nuts.
sometimes i can't tell in which layer the object is, i just don't highlight any layer, and i'm stuck.
This bug with groups not able to assign themselves properly to other layer is killing me.
I can't believe the best max plugin ever is dead.

From Russia, with love.

cheos888's picture

Problem with update object

Hi I install the program and its right, but I have a problem, every time I create an object, dont update on the tree, I have to close outliner, and open again to apear on the tree. Its the first time Im using, the version install its the last one, for 3dmax 2012, and look really helpful and useful the scrips, but still this problem. Some help thanks??

antonov3d's picture

Hi again PJanssen, i get a

Hi again PJanssen,
i get a bug -
when i add a GROUP to a NESTED layer by PLUS sign, and then HIDE it it WON'T hide.
But if i add it by DRAG n drop, it will work OK.
It's not a big deal, but it annoys a lot, i have to drag it out of the layer, then drag it back.

From Russia, with love.

mikemike37's picture


your hard work is much appreciated :)

Gspoutnik's picture


Fantastic the best update for max and is not Autodesk

tigre_g5's picture

3 Mouse Button suggestion

Thinking about how improve the awesome outliner 2.0 or 3.0, I suggest a idea, make third mouse button panning for outliner, It's the natural manner we've working in 3ds max for years.
Thank you Mr Pier Janssen.

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