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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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dreamco's picture

Project dead?

Is this project dead or something?

MarkD's picture

It looks like the problem

After spending a few days trying to get along without Outliner I decided I really needed to get it back up and running. I re-installed it (it didn't say install, it said re-install) but it kept popping up the error. So I went to uninstall it and complained about not being able to remove "hotkey preferences". The uninstaller bar didn't finish and I had to close the window. I shut down our overactive virus scanner and tried uninstalling again, success! Then I was able to install (instead of re-install) and its working fine now.

The only weird thing is that the files that where throwing errors, now open fine but have missing layers. They where empty layers and that normally happens when I merge files but these files where not merged but old 2012 files I was opening in 2014.

miauu's picture


How to reproduce this?
I tested with 3 nested layers(layer01-layer02-layer03), but max still works.

Max2014+Win8 x64

MarkD's picture

Careful with 3dsmax2014 and

Careful with 3dsmax2014 and SP3. This caused outliner to encounter problems while updating nested layers and then crashes max. SP2 and lower work just fine with outliner but something Autodesk did in SP3 breaks outliner.

HarryPotter's picture

Is there a timeframe or

Is there a timeframe or estimation as to when 3.0 will surface ?
Thanks in advance!

dub73's picture


looking forward to 3.0 :)

PJanssen's picture

That's "correct", the update

That's "correct", the update service is no longer working unfortunately. But there haven't been any updates in the run-up towards 3.0 anyway..

kumodot's picture

Update Check Error

Trying on Max 2014, click Update Check -> ERROR ->
Error retreiving update information : The remote name could not be resolved :'script.threesixty.nl'


miauu's picture

Customize - Customize User

Customize - Customize User Interface - Outliner category.

Outliner files are placed in(for max2014):
This is hidden folder, you have to make hidden folders visible.

C:\Users\YOUR_USER_NAME\AppData\Local\Autodesk\3dsMax\2014 - 64bit\ENU\scripts\outliner

vindalsace's picture

Installation instructions?

I installed it, but how do I find it in the customize user interface panel, so I can hotkey it? What's it called and where does the installed script live in the 3ds Max directory after you install it? I'm using Max 2011.

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