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Ken Case
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For the last several years we’ve been hard at work bringing automatic syncing to our Mac, iPad, and iPhone apps, so our customers always have their latest work available on all their devices. We started by adding automatic syncing to OmniFocus in 2008, then to OmniPlan in 2011—and this week, on May 22, we rounded out support for automatic syncing in OmniGraffle, OmniOutliner, and OmniGraphSketcher by shipping “OmniPresence” document syncing:

http://www.omnigroup.com/omnipresence/

OmniPresence is designed to work well with any Mac app which supports OS X’s Auto Save and Versions. Using the same underlying document coordination as Versions, OmniPresence lets your app know when a document has been changed on another device, and double-checks to make sure it always syncs a current and complete copy of any documents currently being edited. OmniPresence can’t prevent conflicting edits from multiple devices—but when that happens it automatically saves both versions of conflicting edits so that no edits are lost.

OmniPresence is also designed to support document syncing within teams. By creating a shared sync account for your team, you can make sure that everyone on your team always has the latest copy of every document available on all their devices.

We believe in building solutions that will stand the test of time, and we believe that your data should be yours to control—whether you’re syncing your personal files or your company’s confidential information. So rather than use a proprietary syncing service which might not be available in five or ten years, OmniPresence is built on top of open web server technologies. This means you can sync documents using your own web server, such as the Apache server built into Mountain Lion Server. (We’ve posted instructions for setting up WebDAV file sharing on Mountain Lion Server on our support pages.)

We know that some customers would rather not have to set up their own service, so we've also scaled up our Omni Sync Server to support OmniPresence—anyone can sign up for a free account and start syncing immediately.

Finally, a quick note for any developers out there: we released the source code to OmniPresence as part of our open source frameworks on github, so you can take our code and do whatever you want with it. OmniPresence is already compatible with other third party apps on Mac, but because of the sandbox on iOS it will require some integration work to support OmniPresence on iPad or iPhone apps. Our first goal was simply to use OmniPresence to sync documents in our own apps—but we’d love to see other apps start using it as well!

Thanks to all our customers for their patience as we built automatic syncing into all of our apps. We hope you’ll enjoy OmniPresence as much as we do!
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Great work +Ken Case and the rest of the team!
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OmniPlan for iPad, our final "iPad or Bust!" app, is shipping this Thursday, June 7! (Check out the teaser video on our front page…)
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An essential app on my Mac and soon the same on my iPad. Trial planning and management made - an awful lot - easier. 
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OmniPlan 2.1 is now available! Here's a video showing how to use it to manage resources across multiple-projects.
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sounds really great, I hope the appStore version is soon available after the apple-check ...
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If you want to know where Macworld | iWorld parties are located, the Hess Memorial list is the definitive place to look!
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Macworld-iWorld starts tomorrow (or tonight for parties). If you want to know where all the parties are located, you must see the ONLY page with them all listed. The Hess Memorials Macworld Events List turns 16 this year. Check it twice. Events added all week. This is a user supported page, so please contribute anything you can! #Macworld
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From the Omni blog: Macworld | iWorld 2012 this week — we’ll be there!

(My Q&A session will be this Friday at 11am—right before our public preview of OmniPlan for iPad. Here's what I'm guessing people will ask me about: iPad document syncing, OmniPlan for iPad, OmniOutliner 4, OmniFocus 2.)
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20 years of omnigroup.com!

Some backstory about how that happened…
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Congratulations on a business well done. I have used your software for years. OmniWeb still runs on my NeXTstation although I generally leave that machine off.
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Ever considered working for The Omni Group? We're hiring! (Looking for software test pilots and phone support ninjas.)
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Yes, I have. But I'm on the wrong coast. I like to break programs and have loved using yours for many years. Edit: Generally yours don't break, but I sometimes push the limits or have a different idea of what the specifications are.
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I thought I'd share a little bit about the challenge of syncing OmniOutliner. (Why is it taking so long?)
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Omni booth setup in progress at Macworld | iWorld:
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Curious, I've thought about getting a booth at Macworld, but I question if it's really worth it. Do you find you get your moneys worth out of it for your business? As a consumer oriented company, how many consumers do you get to interact with there?
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Here is our lineup of new app icons for OmniFocus, OmniGraffle, OmniOutliner, OmniPlan, and OmniGraphSketcher.
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Very nice indeed
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  • The Omni Group
    1992 - present
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    Contract Programmer, 1992 - 1993
  • University of Washington
    1984 - 1992
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Introduction
I'm Chairman and CEO of the Omni Group, which I founded with Wil Shipley and Tim Wood. I'm a programmer at heart and continue to contribute directly to all of Omni's products, most recently working on all of our iPad apps. Before founding Omni in 1992, I worked as an application programmer for NeXT, a systems programmer for the University of Washington, and a systems administrator for both the Center for Process Analytical Chemistry and Statistical Sciences, Inc.

During my early career I developed software for over eighteen operating systems, but since finding the NeXT / Mac / iPhone / iPad platform I've been happy to focus on the platform which I feels makes our team the most productive. I've contributed free source code to the net throughout his career, and have used both emacs and vi daily for over twenty-five years (avoiding flame wars with either camp). I live in Seattle with my wife of eighteen years, my two daughters (ages ten and eight), and two cats (the spawn of Omni's office cat).
Education
  • University of Washington
    1983 - 1988