Here's a quick simple, but useful tip. Forever I was wanting to pan as I was creating my splines in max, but every attempt to pan would stop the spline creation. I began to think it can't be done. I would ask "how do you pan while creating a spline?" Well it can be done. The answer is "i" on your keyboard. As you create your spline, if you hit "i" Max will just re-center your view to your cursor location.