See the render improvements that Autodesk has done for 3ds Max.
Ahmed Shalaby has posted a demo video of his upcoming tool for creating dynamic rigs in 3ds Max.
Corona Renderer Alpha V6
After 9 months of development, Corona Renderer have released version Alpha v6 of their currently free biased/unbiased CPU renderer.
Alessandro Cangelosi has launched r|shaders 1.0, a collection of procedural materials for 3ds Max.