|Operating system||Cross-platform: Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone|
Omnis Studio is a rapid application development (RAD) tool that allows programmers and application developers to create enterprise, web, and mobile applications for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X personal computers and servers across all business sectors.
There is an active worldwide developer community which runs a mailing list and holds technical conferences, such as the EurOmnis conference held annually in Europe.
- 1979: On August 1 Paul Wright founded Blyth Computer Services (later renamed Blyth Software Ltd, then Omnis Software) in Wenhaston, Suffolk, in the UK, which became the first Apple dealership in East Anglia. Paul Wright was the nephew of Peter Harold Wright.
- 1981: In December Blyth released its first "OMNIS" product, a database application tool for the Apple II designed by David Seaman and written using Apple Pascal. OMNIS was also developed at the time using the UCSD Pascal environment which enabled a simple port over to other popular machines of the time. The company was later renamed Blyth Software.
- 1984: OMNIS 1, 2 and 3 were released together in April 1984 as a suite of Omnis products. Omnis 1 ("the file manager"), was intended to be an easy to use way of handling simple data, i.e. non-relational data. Omnis 2 ("the information manager"), was similar to the original Omnis but had more programmability. Omnis 3 ("the database manager") was designed for programmers and business owners to build their own customized applications. At about that time Blyth Software also produced the Blyth Accounting packages based on the Omnis 3 engine to enable Accounting for small businesses. Omnis 3 was one of the first cross-platform database application tools for Apple computers and IBM compatibles running under MS-DOS.
- 1984: (May) Blyth Software Inc. was incorporated and opened offices in San Mateo, CA.
- 1985: Following the launch of the Apple Macintosh (in 1984), "Omnis 3 for Macintosh" was released in May 1985, one of the first database generation tools for the Mac. Initially as a textual product rather than a GUI. UK headquarters moved to Mitford House in Benhall, Suffolk.
- 1986: "Omnis 3 Plus for Macintosh" released in May.
- 1986: Released "Blyth Craftware" in December, a set of off-the-shelf business packages (vertical solutions) for the management of mailing lists, personnel, assets and stock in small businesses.
- 1987: "Omnis Accounting" released in the UK in February.
- 1987: Released "Omnis Quartz", one of the first GUI databases for Microsoft Windows. Blyth Holdings Inc was created & floated on NASDAQ raising $7m.
- 1989: Released Omnis 5, one of the first cross-platform development tools for building applications under Windows and Mac.
- 1991/93/94: Released Omnis 7 v1, v2, and v3 in near consecutive years, an integrated development environment providing client/server access to many industry standard server databases such as Oracle, Sybase, and Informix. Version 2 added an IDE shell and the so-called "dot notation" for referencing object attributes (properties and methods).
- 1997: Released Omnis Studio v1, a cross-platform, object oriented development environment for Windows and Mac OS. Company was renamed Omnis Software.
- 1998: Released Omnis Studio v2, a cross-platform, multi-database development environment for Windows and Mac OS.
- 1999: Released Omnis Studio v2.1 including the Omnis Web Client or "thin client" for browsing data and applications via the Web.
- 1999: Released Omnis Studio for Linux making Omnis a RAD tools available under Linux, Windows, and Mac.
- 2000: Released Omnis Studio v3. Later that year Omnis Software merged with PICK Systems to become Raining Data Corporation.
- 2004: Released Omnis Studio v4 including support for MySQL, JDBC, and Java Objects.
- 2005: Released Omnis Studio v4.1 including support for Unicode.
- 2006: Release of Omnis Studio 4.2 including native support for Mac-Intel and introduction of Web Services Component
- 2007 Release of Omnis Studio 4.3 including Windows Vista and Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard) support, and component for accessing .Net objects.
- 2009 Release Omnis Studio 5.0 which includes application development for Windows Mobile-based devices, and Unicode support.
- 2010 Release Omnis Studio 5.1 which includes support for the iOS platform (iPhone, iPad)
- October 2016, the Omnis business was purchased by OLS Holdings Ltd, a UK company owned by a number of Omnis developers and distributors.