when I wrote d3x9 shader, I meant the material that comes with Max 7 entitled "DirectX 9 Shader". Currently the collada exporter does not even note that it IS a material of this type, let alone enumerating it's attributes.
good news about the vertex animation.
Another thing, can you guys export the "User Properties" text field in an <extra> block? The User Properties field is crucial for engine specific hints and structures.