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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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PJanssen's picture

This sounds like a familiar

This sounds like a familiar issue with the kbdx file encoding.

There are two things you can do/check:
1) Make sure the file is in a writeable location (e.g. user folder)
2) Replace the first line in the file with: <?xml version=\"1.0\" encoding=\"utf-8\" ?>

Daniel Wichterich's picture

2013 error message at startup

At first I want to say thank you for this fantastic script! I have a problem with the 2013 version. While installing it says it couldn't modify the keyboard shortcuts. And everytime i start it up it says it couldn't load keyboard shortcuts. Lstener says: "** Outliner exception **
-- Runtime error: dotNet runtime exception: Data at the root level is invalid. Line 1, position 1."

it does work though...

caogaiyu's picture


cool man, the really solve the problem in PU9 and 10 thanks

PJanssen's picture


I've pushed an update to the Outliner for 3ds Max 2012, which fixes the issues introduced by Product Update 9 and 10. To get the new version (, use the "check now" update button in the options dialog.

PJanssen's picture

Thanks for testing this; it's

Thanks for testing this; it's good to hear that it seems to be working.

I can't take all the credits for myself though, Larry Minton from Autodesk did the debugging work and provided the idea for the fix. It was expected that PU10 would have fixed the issues, so I would not have had to push an update myself. Now that it turned out that it did not, it was an easy task for me to step in and apply the fix on my side.

psx's picture

Alright! Let the test begin!!!

Hi Pier. Sorry, Havn't checked my mail a few days, but instead every hour I came back here to check the news, and here we go.

3ds max 2012 SP2 PU10 (Win7x64)
2 test machines.
Outliner stopped working once I installed PU10.

Now installing your update (
- New scene : works ( whoa )
- Reset scene : works stable ( Oh my God )
- Heavily manipulating with scene : works solid stable ( AAAAAAAA! I dont beleive )
- Opening huge scene : rockin stable ( Yeeaaaah!! It woooooorks! )

Tested on both machines. And this is it. You did it!
Man, this was the fastest hotfix in history of software development.
I thought it will take a month, or half a year.
Thank you! Now I can work again. Thank you again for this Great tool!

PJanssen's picture

I sent a new version

I sent a new version ( to you and some others for testing a few days ago. Did you receive it?
edit: this was directed at psx.

psx's picture

PU10 problem confirmed

Just installed PU10 on fresh 2012 SP2.(Outliner worked perfectly on SP2)

And immediately Outliner began to crash everytime I reset, open, merge, create new object. Does not open for big scenes also.

This is a second machine with same PU10 problem.

Well. I cant do anything but wait for Outliner hotfix or some workaround.

PJanssen's picture

this looks like it's a very

this looks like it's a very common issue introduced by 3ds Max 2012 PU9:

Try installing PU10, and see if that fixes it. If not, send in the crash report and put something like "PU10" in the details field.

psx's picture

Maybe 3ds max problem, but..

Hi. First The Outliner is the great tool, and I use it in production for managing complex scenes with hundred millions of triangles. And it does well. I'm really happy about this tool.

But now one problem appeared. When I reset or open some scene The Outliner crashes with maxscript message
--unknown property: FillTree is undefined
in function Refresh() in core script

So I open it again and it works.
And in some scenes I cannot open it, it crashes instanly.
I reinstalled everything.

Other PC's do not have this problem, so it maybe the max's problem.

What do you think about this.
Maybe some suggestions.

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