This is great news for PLE users If you go here; http://www.alias.com/eng/products-se...download.shtml ; you can get a stand alone .3ds to .fbx file converter, ( as well as several other file formats), as well as a .fbx import plugin for Maya PLE 7. This is a huge addition to PLE's uses!
Find unEditor.mll and check the Loaded checkbox. If you want the Unreal Editor to load every time you start Maya, check the Auto Load checkbox.
In the Command line, enter the following and hit return on the number pad. "source UT2004Export.mel"
In the Command line, enter the following and hit return on the number pad. "UT2004Export"