The site CG Cookie has published a great video tutorial on lighting and rendering in 3ds max 2012 and 2013, explaining how to configure the lighting of a scene to render studio with Iray, the technique is exactly the same in Mental Ray
he site CG Cookie has published another great tutorial on what's new in 3ds max 2013, now the author explains how to configure the HDR lighting in the viewport in real time with realistic reflections and more customization details.
Here : http://cgcookie.com/max/2012/04/23/tip-3ds-max-2013-sneak-peek-2/
The Allegorithmic, creator of the map Substance 3ds max, is offering a free new component that allows you to generate multiple variations of wood floors using any wood texture.
Here : http://www.allegorithmic.com/community/blog/article-free-make-it-parquet