Bruno Camara has posted a video tutorial on creating ropes in 3ds Max.
PEN Projection Demo
Paul Neale showcases his Pen Projection modifier that allows the projection of a mesh onto the surface of another object in 3ds Max.
3ds Max 2013 Released
3ds Max 2013 is now available for download, along with the free 30 day trial edition.
Autodesk have revealed the new features for 3dsmax 2012. (Thanks for posting, JHarford)