MetaCreations has released the Mac version of MetaStream, the company’s streaming 3D technology. The plug-in is available as a free download from MetaCreations’ Web site.

MetaStream is an open 3D-file format that enables the incorporation of 3D images into Web sites, automatically scaling to ensure an optimized 3D-viewing performance.

MetaStream for the PC was developed in partnership with Intel. MeetaStream objects stream without a server, and scale automatically, so that photo-realistic 3D images can be viewed and manipulated in real time. Objects can be placed over backgrounds and images, and can be incorporated into existing Web sites using popular consumer HTML Web-authoring software.

MetaCreations formed an alliance in July 1999 with Computer Associates to create MetaStream.com, an initiative that focuses on licensing the MetaStream technology for specific e-commerce solutions.