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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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designingpatrick's picture

Dot Net error when opening outliner

I'm getting this error:

"--Unkown property: "open" in dotNetObject: Outliner.OutlinerGUP"

when I press H to open the outliner.

I'm not sure what happened, it's been installed for at least a year now and just stopped working the other day.

I tried removing it a few times, deleting the C:\Users\xxx\AppData\Local\Autodesk\3dsMax\2014 folder, uninstalling
results in an error 'Removing Hotkeys failed'

Any ideas here?

I tried the command outliner.open(), but that's just not working.

-- Error occurred in execute(); filename: C:\Users\patrick\AppData\Local\Autodesk\3dsMax\2014 - 64bit\ENU\usermacros\Outliner-toggleOutliner.mcr; position: 731; line: 32
-- Frame:
-- outlinerInst: dotNetObject:Outliner.OutlinerGUP
-- called in anonymous codeblock
-- Frame:
-- outliner_get_instance: outliner_get_instance()
>> MAXScript MacroScript Error Exception:
-- Unknown property: "open" in dotNetObject:Outliner.OutlinerGUP <<
** Outliner installer exception **
-- Unknown property: "FromXml" in undefined
-- Unknown property: "open" in undefined

Psychodelic's picture

Is outliner gone? Do this...

delete the 20xx 64-bit or 32-bit folder in this directory: C:\Users\xxx\AppData\Local\Autodesk\3dsMax
Then uninstall outliner, and reinstall it.

Anything is possible

Spatz's picture

Outliner gone ... FIXED

hey, for everybody who has the problem the outliner disappeared

try to change the workspace to "alternative layout" (the menu in the quick access toolbar) and then change it back to your or default layout ... this fixed the issue for me ...

hope it helps you too...

mrcgnerd's picture

Outliner is gone

I'm having the same problem, outliner is gone...
tried to reinstall it but no efect.

Your max script is giving me arror, by pointing to this line:

And after reinstall outliner_prefs.ini is gone, macroscripts and some other files in ENU folder.

max 2014 / outliner_3.0.24_alpha

Please help.

PJanssen's picture

Try it through maxscript

Try setting the width through maxscript:
outliner.prefs.setValue #Window #width 500

I hope that helps!

tigerija's picture

I tried that...

I tried that...

miauu's picture


Why you not reinstall it?

tigerija's picture

Outliner disappears on max 2014 64 when docked

I need help!
Outliner is gone. I docked it. Next time i started max it was gone.
When I turn it on I just get slight movement on right side of my screen where Outliner was docked. Can't access it.
I was not able to find outrliner under: \ENU\scripts/outliner_prefs.ini"
No outliner_prefs.ini inside scripts.
My folders and files are not hidden.

I found this:
C:\Users\User_Name\AppData\Local\Autodesk\3dsMax\2014 - 64bit\ENU\en-US\plugcfg

Any help? I need it! Can't live without it! :D

er.cchadw.ck@gmail.com's picture

Outliner crash reporter

Somehow I crashed the docked Outliner. Running 3ds Max 2012 64bit, in OpenGL mode. Outliner was docked left, and I was scrolling downwards.

I tried submitting my crash details via the Outliner error reporter, but it failed to submit, showing this error:

Failed to send
Failed to send error report.
The remote name could not be resolved: 'script.threesixty.nl'

Edit... here is a screenshot of the dotnet crash:

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mastrein's picture

Outliner 3

Hi Pier! I installed version 3 using Max 2014. I docked the window to the left and it worked fine. But when I close max and start again the menu wont show. Is there some way to reset the plugin? I'll just stay away from docking. Uninstalling and installing does not work.

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