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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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Monaco Felice's picture

How to change text color in Outliner for Max2017?

Please tell me, how I can change the text color of selected objects?
At this point in 3dsMax 2017 color the selected and unselected elements almost blended. I would like to make the text more color contrast.

sbk's picture

3ds max 2016 crash in 1

3ds max 2016 crash in 1 second after load the scene.

thewool's picture

Outliner Very Slow

Hi there. This is a great script, but it is very slow. Using v2.1.6 in max2014.

I have a large file, and everytime I select an object or deselect it, there is a delay of about 5 seconds. This happens only when outliner is open.

I think this is because it highlights the objects layer every time I select an object.

This makes it un-useable.

It would be great to have the option to disable this feature and for it to behave like max's default layer manager.

the-trooper's picture

Thank you very much on 2017

Thank you very much on 2017 version. It's still better then new max layer manager.

spacefrog's picture

Outliner 2.1.6 SF (Max 2017 compatible fix ) released

Just released the fixed package with Outliner 2.1.6 which runs on Max2017+ without crashing.
Head over here for the download http://www.frogsinspace.at/?p=3001

Note: it's still compatible with Max 2013 and later of course

asymptote's picture

Spacefrog is on the Case!


...reminds me of the caddy fix back in the day ;)

freemanpro's picture

any link for fix archive

any link for fix archive script ?

spacefrog's picture

Fix for Outliner 2.1.5 with Max 2017SP1+ is in the works

Im currently working on a fix. Seems the problem is related to Max2017+ breaking byRef storage in arrays, which Outliner uses a lot for filtering stuff etc .will take some days and i'll post the results ...

Update: okay fix is complete, will still take some time to pack it up. Maybe i'll look into some other quirks i remember getting from time to time while using outliner...

SMFoged's picture

Max 2017 SP2

Version 2.1.5 breaks after I install max 2017 SP2.

Hope there is a fix

Stephen Meldal Foged
Max User since 1997
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jusdepoubelle's picture


Hi guys,
When the outliner is in hierarchy mode and I do some parenting in the scene, some bugs appears like doubles. The only way to make it right again is to switch to layer mode and back to hierarchy. Is there a way to force the redraw?
Anyway, thanks a lot for this script, it's insanely helpful.

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