The ‘Select By Name’ function is a toolset that is designed to be customised to suit your workflows and needs. It is, after all, delivered with a large amount of the options on but as we know 3ds Max is used in a wide range of workflows and industries, so its unlikely these will suit everyone. To do this is an easy workflow:
Continue reading to see how…
1. Open the floating dialogue by pressing the ‘H’ shortcut key.
2. Right click on the columns header and choose ‘configure columns.’
3. From here think about the options which are most relevant to you and your workflows. (This could even be on a project by project basis.)
4. Now select and drag the relevant options from the below box, into the columns headers. These will now be added in the location they are dropped in.
5. You can also remove columns by selecting the headers and dragging them into an empty area of the main interface, until you see a large cross by the cursor.
6. When you have finished customising the select criteria, you can perform a quick tidy-up on the columns by right clicking on the header, and choosing ‘Best fit (all columns)’ as below.
These columns allow you to select based off the meta-data within the native, or imported scene data.
As with all 3d applications its always a good idea to customise the interface. 3ds Max allows for a large amount of customisation and resultant freedom in workflows. I strongly recommend you perform the above steps to customise the ‘Select by Name’ options.