Bruno Camara has posted a video tutorial on creating ropes in 3ds Max.
Forest Pack for 3ds Max
iToosoft have launched Forest Pack, a 3ds Max plug-in for the creation of vast surfaces of trees and plants.
Autodesk Buys Naiad - Latest Naiad Demo
Autodesk have annexed Exotic Matter's Naiad. Here's a demo of the final version of standalone Naiad.