Useful websites and further reading
Free student licenses: plot stamp applied to AutoCAD; AutoCAD/AutoCAD Architecture/3ds Max/ Maya /Revit
McFarlane, B, Beginning AutoCAD 2007, Newnes Publishing, 2006 An excellent book based on the fundamentals of AutoCAD.
Matossian, M, 3ds Max 6 for Windows: Visual QuickStart Guide, Peachpit Press, 2004
The book gives a more indepth description of the basic tool interface: a good intermediate book to develop your understanding of 3Ds Max.
Robinson, M, Maya 8 for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide, Peachpit Press, 2007.
A good overview of the basic toolset and introduction to the interface. Based on an earlier version, it avoids the many levels ...