Selectionset Manager

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Merlin Prokasky

Tool for exporting and importing selection sets

Simple tool to transfer selection set between Max files.
Selection sets depend on the naming of scene objects.


*export of actual selected objects as selection set
*export of all selection sets in scene
*import of exported SelectionSet files (.txt)
*import several files (.txt)

*set name of export file
*paste or browse export path, otherwise it will choose the actual Max folder
*choose export of selection or selection sets
*tool will create a .txt file with an object name list
*paste or browse an export selection set filename
*press import button
*see selection sets in selection set dropdown or selection set editor

2015-06-23 import of several SelectionSets
2015-07-29 Bugfix
2018-05-10 Update

Version Requirement: 
should work from 3ds Max 2018
merlinscripts_selectionsetmanager.mse12.2 KB


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Quetzy's picture

Able to import individual Selection Sets only, not collections

Hi merlinpy, thanks for creating this script! I can export an entire SS collection easily, but at the moment all I'm able to figure out is how to import individual Sets, not the entire exported collection. The Import window only seems to allow one set to be selected at a time from the list. Am I a totally helpless knob at the mercy of multiple-selection keystroke technique or have I reached a limitation of the script? Many thanks in advance! -Q

merlinpy's picture

multiple selection sets

Hi kirillall,
the script creats a text-file with all the selection sets of the export scene file. So if you import that text file, all these sets will be recreated.
You can open the text file with an editor and have a look at all the sets and their objects.
Does that answer your question?

kirillall's picture

Hi merlinpy. Very handy

Hi merlinpy. Very handy script. Thank you. I cant import multiple sets at once. Is it possible?

merlinpy's picture

bug fixed

Hi Andrey,thank you for your reply! I've fixed the problem with max2013 and updated the file. Please download the new version and let me know, if there are any bugs.

AndreySibiryakov's picture

Great script!

I've felt desperate need in such a handy tool.

Alas, script doesn't work with 2013 Max.
I can see .txt exported and all stuff inside,
but import command brings only empty selection set name.

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