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Aviary, a BizSpark Startup from New York, with whom I have been working for last few years, recently launched their Windows 8 App (Photo Editor) along with their Photo Editor Windows 8 SDKand half-dozen partner apps (Rowi, Memorylage, MyFrames, Photo Annotater, Selektiv, Volet by Volevi).
Aviary achieved significant performance improvements by implementing filters and effects through the new heterogeneous compute language C++ AMP (Accelerated Massive Parallelism). C++ AMP accelerates the execution of your C++ code by taking advantage of the data-parallel hardware that's commonly present as a graphics processing unit (GPU) on a discrete graphics card.
Photo Editor Windows 8 SDK, a free download for your C++/XAML and C#/XAML Windows 8 apps, is available to impress your Windows 8 App users with intuitive editing tools.
Can’t wait to see the live demo and meet Aviary Team in-person, then checkout the NY Tech MeetUp event tomorrow evening. And, if you are up for Photo Hacking then checkout the upcoming Photo Hack Day 4 at Facebook HQ in Menlo Park, CA during 6-7 Apr’13.