Modo Work Plane in 3ds Max
Changsoo Eun has released a collection of scripts that implement Modo's work plane in 3ds Max.
Houdini Engine for Autodesk Maya
SideFX have released Houdini Engine for Maya, with 3ds Max and Unreal versions coming soon.
Realistic Grass in 3ds Max with V-Ray - Tutorial
Michal Horba from Evermotion explains how to create grass using the V-ray displace modifier in 3ds Max.