Nested Layer Manager v2 Released!

24 Feb / 2012
Author: Tim Hawker Tags: There are no tags Comments: 7

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Today I’ve released beta 1 of Nested Layer Manager v2.

It has been completely re-written compared to version 1, which ended up being an internal version at Burrows.

Nested Layer Manager v2 provides the ability to nest layers in 3ds Max. This script is small, fast and allows layers to be nested in an unlimited number of folders. It has complete 2 way communication with the default layer manager; If anything is altered in either, both layer managers are updated. This allows people without this script installed to still see the normal layer organisation present in the file.

More info can be found here:

Hope you enjoy it, and please do let me know if you find any bugs or have a feature request.


  • Mihai 08 Mar 2012

    Thanks for the script, very fast and simple. I was wondering if you can override a max problem
    with layers. The bug is as follow.:

    1. Create a layer and add some objects to it.
    2. Hide the layer.
    3. Try to unhide individual objects considering that they are visible at start. It won’t work. Only to
    unhide already visible objects.


    A second bug is that sometimes i cannot rename a folder as if the rename window looses focus
    and goes back to blue selection mode. A workaround is to have Rename in the context menu
    of the folders.

    How’s that sound ?:)

    Thanks again for the useful script :)

    • Tim Hawker 22 Mar 2012

      Hey Mihai,

      Apologies for the delayed reply.

      The first bug you are experiencing is not really a bug – try doing the same with the default layer manager and you will see that it behaves the same way.

      The folder rename issue sounds a little odd. I’ll look into it to see if I can replicate the issue.

      Thanks for the message :)


  • John Anderson 21 Jun 2013

    I’m also having trouble renaming, I’ll type a few letters and then it will reset to the default name before I can finish typing. The only other issue I have is that I don’t have the ability (or don’t know how) to select an individual object within the folder. I can select everything in that folder, but I don’t see a way of selecting a single object. The renaming though might be a deal breaker. I just talked my company into purchasing 10 of the licenses and I really don’t want to look like an idiot. Is there a fix for this problem?

    • Tim Hawker 22 Jun 2013

      Hi John.

      Sorry that you are having problems with NLM. Firstly, I noticed you have replied to quite an old blog post, are you using the latest version of NLM (2.2.2)?

      If so, this issue certainly should not happen and I will investigate it immediately. Is there any more info you can provide to help find the bug? (3ds Max version, what you did before this bug happened etc) You can reply with a message here, or send an email to


  • John Anderson 26 Jun 2013

    Hi Tim,

    I just started using the Nested Layer Manager. I downloaded the 2.2.2 Demo just the other day. I’m still testing it out. Everything seems to be working well other than the couple of issues I mentioned. I’m using it on 3DS Max 2012. We would be purchasing it for both 2012 and 2013 though. Thanks in advance for your help.



  • Aaron Harrow 13 Jun 2014

    Hi Tim,
    This is a great tool! One minor but annoying bug is that if I close the Nested Layer Manager without first clicking on the main 3ds Max window to focus it, the entire program loses focus and I end up looking at whatever was behind it. Is there a fix for this? I’m using 2.2.3 Pro.


  • Tim Hawker 13 Jun 2014

    Hi Aaron. I would suggest downloading the latest version from your purchase history, but I will have a look to see if I can replicate this behaviour.


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