Yesterday at the PDC, Microsoft announced a beta of Max, a photo cataloging and sharing application. While that’s nothing new, the point is that it provides a first taste of the graphics and user interface innovations possible with the upcoming Avalon (Windows Presentation Foundation). And for that reason, to use Max you’ll need a Windows Presentation Foundation™ capable 3D Video Card and Max installs the WinFX September Community Technical Preview in order to get the Avalon APIs. Likely not for the faint of heart and not really intended to be. There are some screenshots on Channel 9 so you can get the flavor and it does look slick.
The Max team blog has comments from the team.