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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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wireframecreations's picture

Spline Problem!!!

I am working in 2013 and I am having trouble merging splines into a scene. They are in the Outliner, but are invisible. I made sure they were not hidden. I did a test and placed a material modifier on a spline and then merged it into my scene and it showed up. I collapsed it to an editable spline and merged it and it doesn't show up. Script doesn't like lines/splines. This is an awesome script, outside of this problem. Thanks!

PJanssen's picture

Color tagging is something

Color tagging is something I'm working on for the Outliner 3.0. At this moment I've got a part of it implemented, see this blog post:
More is to come though!

PJanssen's picture

Which Outliner version are

Which Outliner version are you running? Also, does it occur when using Direct3D or OpenGL instead of Nitrous?

demoan666's picture

color coding


does a color coding on layer basis already exists within?
if not would be a cool feature to add...and optionally the objects within layer may show corresponding wire color



deadrighthand's picture

Outliner not refreshing


first of, I have to say, Great script, I use it in every aspect of my work ... but ... my problem is that since I switched to max2012 the outliner window dosen't refresh anymore ... everytime I create a new object I have to close/reopen outliner to display it ... any ideas?? I am running on a very up to date machine with a GTX680 on win7 64.

thanks for the help and amasing script

n.i.f.'s picture

excellent script!!!

excellent script!!!

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PJanssen's picture

This will actually be one of

This will actually be one of the new features in version 3.0:

dub73's picture


Hi, it would be great if we could assign layers different colours in the outliner, like in Maya. Not only the wireframe in the viewport but in the outlienr as well. That would be much more clearly when working with lots of layers.

PJanssen's picture

That might take some time

That might take some time yet. I've been busy with other things lately...

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