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MetaCreations Announces MetaStream to Be Distributed With Microsoft Windows 98.

CARPINTERIA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 30, 1998-- MetaCreations Corp. (Nasdaq:MCRE) Monday announced that it expects Microsoft Corp. will distribute MetaStream with the Windows 98 operating system.

MetaStream is an open graphics file format for streaming, viewing and manipulating 3-D objects via the Internet. The MetaStream client-side engine will be integrated as a DX Transform into the Microsoft DirectAnimation application programming interface, a component of Windows 98.

On June 2, 1998, Microsoft Corp. and MetaCreations Corp. announced that Microsoft had licensed MetaCreations' MetaStream 3D graphics file format and related run-time engine, and on July 21, 1998, MetaCreations announced that Microsoft would include MetaStream in its Chromeffects interactive media technology.

"Pursuant to our licensing agreement with Microsoft, the MetaStream engine will ship as a component of the Windows operating system," said Bob Rice, vice president of business development at MetaCreations. "We're pleased that much of the MetaStream technology in Chromeffects is now being incorporated into DirectAnimation and, consequently, will be distributed with Windows 98."

MetaStream is at the core of MetaCreations' recently announced "Creative Web" strategy to provide powerful, real-time 3D content on the Web. This "Creative Web" solution, centered on the MetaStream technology and a broad portfolio of software development tools from MetaCreations -- Infini-D 4.5, Ray Dream Studio 5, Ray Dream 3D, Bryce 3D and Poser 3 -- provides Web developers and content creators with the tools to design and deliver compelling interactive 3D imagery.

MetaCreations is working with Microsoft, Intel and Lockheed Martin Real3D to proliferate the use of 3D on the Internet with MetaStream as the delivery broadcast vehicle.

To see MetaStream in action now and download the free browser plug-in for Internet Explorer or Netscape Communicator for Windows, visit http://www.metastream.com, hosted by MetaCreations, or http://www.microsoft.com/directx. A Macintosh-compatible version of the free MetaStream plug-in is now in development.

About MetaCreations

MetaCreations, the "Creative Web" company, was founded in 1987 and designs and develops award-winning desktop software tools and enabling technologies for creating, manipulating and delivering 2D and 3D digital images and real-time, interactive 3D Web content. MetaCreations offers a complete product line of graphics software for both professional users and consumers, and its products are available in more than 70 countries.

The company has headquarters in Santa Barbara County, Calif., and has development centers in Scotts Valley, Calif., and Princeton, N.J., as well as an International Operations Center in Dublin, Ireland.

MetaCreations can be reached on the World Wide Web at www.metacreations.com.

The release contains forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially as a result of a number of risks and uncertainties affecting the company's business. Such risks include, but are not limited to, the following: domestic and international overall business conditions, that MetaStream will not be integrated as a Direct X Transform into Microsoft DirectionAnimation, and that Microsoft will not distribute MetaStream with OEM versions of Microsoft Windows 98 as currently expected. For a more detailed discussion of factors that affect MetaCreations' operating results, interested parties should review MetaCreations' Securities and Exchange Commission reports, including MetaCreations' Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 1997, and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

Note to Editors: MetaCreations, MetaStream, Infini-D, Ray Dream Studio and Ray Dream 3D are either registered trademarks or trademarks of MetaCreations Corp. Other product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.
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