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.


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.