Mir Vadim has released a Rayfire tutorial on column demolition in 3ds Max.
Map Transfer is a free 3ds Max and Thinknig Particles tool that converts color information into a transformation.
VRayPattern - Review
Paul Roberts has posted a comprehensive review of the VRayPattern plugin for 3ds Max..
Maya LT Extension 1
Autodesk have released Maya LT Extension 1 for indie and mobile game developers.