Groundbreaking 3D-technology, being pushed by Macromedia, is gaining vital support.

Maxon, Newtek and Right Hemisphere have agreed to use the solution, which integrates Intel's Internet 3D-graphics technology with Macromedia's Shockwave Player.

The software makes it possible to transmit detailed 3D-graphics over low-bandwidth connections, making use of the processing power in the end user's machine.

Backing The solution has already gained support from Alias|Wavefront, Discreet, Havok, NxView Technologies, Shells Interactive and Softimage. These companies, combined with the three companies announced today, serve 80 per cent of professional 3D-animators online.

Analysts say the addition of Intel's technology into Shockwave is destined to pit Macromedia against Metastream (now called Viewpoint), which is already developing 3D solutions.

Macromedia says the combined technologies will bring the first interactive, streaming, multiuser 3D capabilities to the Web. The company also claimed that the installed user-base for Shockwave Player has reached 160 million.