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Getting a little outdated...
on 3 October 2016
I'm using a trial version of 3DS max 2016.
I've just got to chapter 2: Materials In Mental Ray and the materials browser has changed since this book was written. In fact "Pro Materials" which is gives several pages attention doesn't seem to be a name that is used in the software anymore.
I've not completed the book and so far I do like it, the chapter on materials has a lot of pictures and examples that show you how changing various settings affect the final render. They are still useful lessons, but it feels a little clunky as the interface that they show you has changed.
Perhaps I'll write a little more about it the further I get.