USD Manager is an open-source, Python-based Qt program designed for lightweight browsing, managing, and editing of Universal Scene Description (USD) files. This tool combines the best features of your favorite web browser and text editor into one application, offering easy inspection of a scene's hierarchy of files, plus hooks to deeply integrate with other pipeline tools and text-based workflows. USD Manager serves as a quick option for prototyping new ideas, allows simple navigation to files referenced several layers deep in a pipeline, provides an application launcher for custom file formats, and assists as a learning tool in understanding the complex hierarchy of shots and assets.

USD Manager was primarily developed by Mark Sandell and is maintained by DreamWorks Animation for use with USD and other hierarchical, text-based workflows in feature film production.

News & Releases

September 28, 2022

USD Manager 0.15.0 released with reworked parser logic to allow greater customization per file type, Qt5 and python3 improvements, easier to install icons, and more.

June 16, 2022

USD Manager 0.14.0 released with Windows and Ar 2.0 updates, additional python 3 support, and other minor improvements.

December 3, 2021

USD Manager 0.13.0 released for additional python 3 support and ampersand escape issues.

November 29, 2021

USD Manager 0.12.2 released to fix USD Crate support in python 3.

November 18, 2021

USD Manager 0.12.1 released with Ar 2.0 and PyQt5 QUrl backwards compatibility.

August 4, 2021

USD Manager 0.12.0 released for improved USDZ logic, Find/Replace enhancements, optimizations, display updates, and several bug fixes.

February 22, 2021

USD Manager 0.11.0 released for new features including auto-indentation, the ability to customize file parsing by extension, additional USDC and USDZ support, better OS compatibility, file change notifications, and more.

A new python3 branch is available as well!

April 6, 2020

USD Manager 0.10.0 released for logging improvements, OS compatibility, and general maintenance.

January 21, 2020

USD Manager 0.9.0 released for a variety of enhancements including faster repeat crate file access, nested USDZ support, and improved tab navigation. Please see the release notes for full details.

December 10, 2019

USD Manager 0.8.0 released for syntax highlighting and dark theme improvements, a change to user variable expansion, and general maintenance.

July 22, 2019

USD Manager 0.7.0 released for user preference improvements, some minor bug fixes, and additional Windows support.

July 9, 2019

USD Manager 0.6.0 released for additional Windows support, plus improved themes and indentation behavior.

June 20, 2019

USD Manager 0.5.0 released for a variety of bug fixes, cross-platform support, and a handful of new features.

June 3, 2019

USD Manager 0.4.1 released for code cleanup and a minor bug fix.

March 29, 2019

USD Manager 0.4.0 is now available to download.

This is the first publicly available release for the open-source community! Read the full press release here.