I’ve used blender for about a little over a year now and have to say I choose it over Maya for anything but NURBS and Subdivision Modeling. (But thats only because its so easy in Maya I never bothered to learn). My major annoyance is that I can have a 3ds or other model file in a folder and I can’t open it directly with blender.
Python seems to be able to do anything in blender and with Python installed you should be able to execute python scripts ouside of blender. This would seem
to allow one to write a .exe with a script in it to open blender and then execute the proper import script for the file extension. If any knows how to do this or knows of another way help would be much appreciated.