GSoC 2019: Outliner Improvements Ideas

Here is another one, why bones don’t have hide option in the outliner too? they only have the restrict visibility option…it would be nice if they have more functionalites too; like copying constraints for example.

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That’s good to know that the issue has got attention, thanks.

There’s the Ctrl + H shortcut in the 3d viewport which pops up a menu where you can choose a collection to isolate it (it only shows top hierarchy collections though)

There is already a function to drag and drop of media files from the filebrowser into the sequencer, so maybe it could be “copied” to the outliner?

They might be similar, but I think filebrowser is dealing with paths and calling existing operators while the outliner would be dealing with existing datablocks. (I haven’t checked the code though). I do think it would be good, but I have a few other projects I’m focused on right now, so a task for this would be good so it doesn’t get forgotten.

Edit: Looking through my notes from last summer I have a few other papercuts and issues I found in the sequencer view mode of the Outliner. For example, sequences cannot be renamed from the outliner. Also, I saw your discussion on which really makes me think a general outliner-sequencer interaction discussion could be started.

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Since this might be buried too deep inside the papercuts thread, already I’ll take the liberty to repost it here. :slight_smile:

Thank you very much for the continued improvement of the outliner. This is making a lot of a difference in daily work. :smiley:


@SpookyDoom Working on it! See my reply to silex above, once a selection refactor is finished, walk select will work better

And just a reminder for everyone since this topic is seeing activity again, because GSoC 2019 is over, I’m not as focused on reading and replying to everything here like I was last summer. I hope that makes sense. Also there are around 5 or 6 larger Outliner projects I hope to finish in the coming months which address many of the common paper-cut issues that are posted. I applied to GSoC 2020 and whether or not I get in I will still work on the Outliner this summer.

So you all are welcome to keep posting here (not that I can stop you!), but I hope that explains why I’m not as engaged with all posts to this topic as before.


I’m keeping my fingers crossed you get selected again! Thanks for all the outliner improvements. It’s been a lifesaver.


Thanks for the information nathan. Last summer was such a success, hope you get selected again. Anyways, thanks for all the hard work!




Please get the Outliner a bit more on par with apps like Maya and e.g. Softimage.
Especially regarding selection, duplication and deletion of hierarchies.
This is still driving me crazy sometimes, as sometimes things behave differently as one would expect. :wink:


You have to be more specific if you want an improvement to specific things. What exaclty is driving you crazy and why? Show some captures from Blender so people outside your head can follow.


Hello @natecraddock! Great to have you back this GSOC.

Last year you did an amazing job with the outliner.
You implemented my idea with the hidden feature in the objects filter.
So I have other things that could help the blender outliner to become more useful.

Maybe its amongst the papercuts but it would be great to sort the outliner manually like it is allready possible with the collections.

Onother great feature would be if you select a few objects in the outliner then right click and have the option - “create collection from objects” which creates a new collection with the selected objects within.

I´m working in Blender with CAD-geometries and often I have to import a big nested geometry tree with greater 10000 objects. In lots of tree-branches there are only empties with no geometry inside. It would be great to find this empty branches quick and delete them fast via the outliner!

Color tagging of geometries and collections would also be great! With a color tag search filter.

I hope you can follow my descriptions?
Have a great blender coding time!


Me says the same! would be 100% useful


I have created a list of workflow enhancements, just waiting for the new Outliner “official” topic to be open to share it.

@natecraddock - cool!! I saw that you’ve been selected again, only just now. Really awesome. Congratulations. You’re doing an awesome job. Looking forward to all the upcoming improvements. :smiley:

if it’s a continuation does it make sense to continue this thread?

Yep, it makes sense but…

So not sure.

Yes this would be great.


Since Nathan was approved for another GsoC 2020 on the same topic, they usually ask us to move the conversation to a new thread.

an example from Howard on beveling GsoC 2018.

Coding starts June 1st, so there will be a GsoC 2020 Outliner thread made around then, I assume. To keep things easier for Nathan to manage, instead of wading his way through a huge older thread, probably best to keep the ideas for the 2020 thread. Technically, nothing stopping you from posting here though.