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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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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.

Yanez's picture

Windows 7 pro x64 - 3dsMax 2013 ** Outliner exception **

Hallo, i also got the
"** Outliner exception **
-- Runtime error: dotNet runtime exception: Data at the root level is invalid. Line 1, position 1."

Is there any fix. Have read rhight that i have to edit a file? TKS

miauu's picture

Yep. Windows 8 Pro, Max 2014

Yep. Windows 8 Pro, Max 2014 SP1 64bit and the Outliner starts docked.

SMFoged's picture

2014 SP1 fixed this.

The max 2014 SP1 just came out and they fixed this error.

I reverted the "fix" mentioned earlier and outliner now works as it should, and it can even dock and everything...


Stephen Meldal Foged
Max User since 1997
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Copenhagen - Denmark

JustViktor's picture

Thanx SMFoged, it works for me!

SMFoged, thanx, it works for me!
But can't dock outliner window, it floats)

TwoPikachus's picture

SMFoged, you are so

SMFoged, you are so incredibly awesome! Thanks for the tip here, I've been waiting forever to get outliner working in 2014. The loss of docking is a pain, but nested layers is worth it. Big ups to RickD too for figuring out the issue!

As far as I can tell, this is a Windows 8 & Max 2014 exclusive issue. There doesn't seem to be any problem on 2014 with older versions of Windows, nor is there any problem with Max 2013 on Windows 8. I'm no Maxscript genius either, so I have no idea what the problem is.

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