Santi Bono Plaza does wonders with Thinking Particles in his new demo reel.
Cebas Release Thinking Particles 5 for 3ds Max
cebas have released Thinking Particles 5 for 3ds Max.
Houdini Engine for Autodesk Maya
SideFX have released Houdini Engine for Maya, with 3ds Max and Unreal versions coming soon.
Motiva Exposure Control for V-Ray
Motiva have released a free plugin for 3ds Max that serves as an extension over V-Ray's native Exposure Control.