Omni Group Commits to Five Apps for Mac App Store

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The Omni Group announced by way of Twitter Thursday that it would be bringing five of its Mac OS X software titles to the Mac App Store. CEO Ken Case said that all five apps his company is bringing to iPad will also be available for purchase through the Mac App Store.

Apple announced the Mac App Store during a media event on Wednesday, October 20th. The Mac App Store will be curated by Apple the same way it controls content on the App Store for iOS devices. Unlike with iOS devices, however, Mac OS X users will still be able to buy, download, and install software from other places, too.

Developers will be cutting Apple in for 30% of each sale, which is the same deal Apple offers iOS developers, record labels, and the networks and studios that sell TV shows and movies through iTunes.

The Omni Group is one of the first Mac development firms that has committed to the Mac App Store. The company currently offers OmniFocus, OmniGraffle, and OmniGraphSketcher for the iPad, with two more on the way.

Ken Case Tweet

Tweet from Omni Group CEO Ken Case.

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So, will Omni charge 30% extra to cover the Mac-n-Tax?


small price to pay for a state of the art link to the state of the art OS and high value customers (who can also afford to be part of a virus free environment as opposed to WIN OD users who are just bargain hunters - willing to trade a few dollars for a lot more work).


Not to mention some of, if not the, best designed and functioning apps ever made for OS X.  The software these guys make is more Mac-like than the stuff Apple includes.


Running your own payment system is way more than 5%... the credit card transaction fees alone are almost 5% if you’re not part of something like Amazon that handles it for you. Not to mention the extra security you have to have to meet PIC rules, as well as the licenses for transaction software and monthly fees to a processor are easily thousands, or tens of thousands per month, plus transactions. At that point you’re paying at least one full time IT professional salary as well. Most shops are pretty small anyway so one extra salary counts as lots of sales.

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