I had a very annoying issue with spline not selected in bezier mode in 3d max 2012 Design on start up. Now, not sure if this was only me or affecting other versions as well but I decided to write this as a note to self.
I’m talking about the drag type in “line” mode.
Edit the CurrentDefaults.ini file
[C:\Documents and Settings\fine\Local Settings\Application Data\Autodesk\3dsMaxDesign\2012 – 32bit\enu\defaults\DesignVIZ.mentalray]
And edit the following section
; Represents the default drag type for primitive spline during creation
; 0 – Bezier
; 1 – Corner