TMO Background Mode: Interview With the Omni Group’s CEO Ken Case

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Ken Case is the founder and CEO of The Omni Group, known for such Apple products as OmniFocus, OmniGraffle, and OminiOutliner.  Early in his computing career, in the late 1980s, Ken was at the University of Washington computer center where he was a UNIX geek and system programmer. There, he was part of the university's NeXT computer lab. This iconic system was an exciting new UNIX platform, and Ken started learning Objective-C and creating apps. One thing led to another, and Ken's expertise with NeXTStep development and, later, Apple's acquisition of NeXT eventually led to the creation of The Omni Group. Listen in to hear Ken tell the story in his own words.

TMO Background Mode: Interview With the Omni Group’s CEO Ken Case

Jan. 25, 2016 — Download: MP3 Version (AAC Version Coming Soon)

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Omnigroup is one of my favorite companies, together with Devon and Nisus. I used Omniweb as my main browser (I even paid for it, long before it went free) clear up until the day that 1Password stopped supporting it. When that happened, I had to make a decision, and I moved to Safari. I still like to launch the latest beta of OW, but now, things like Google’s InBox don’t work, so it’s hard to consider it for a daily driver. I miss the thumbnail tab bar, and the workspaces, and site preferences, and editable source view (I could modify code on my own web site right within the browser. How cool was that?). I don’t think any modern browsers do this, and none offer workspaces, except maybe as kludgy extensions or plugins.

I would love to go back to Omniweb, but I don’t see it happening. I just launched it, and it’s still mean and lean, and fun, and attractive (subjective opinion). Waiting for the next beta, and it’s good to know that there’s one out there. wink

Thanks Omnigroup for all you’ve done, and thanks, John for this wonderful interview. Fun walk down nostalgia lane.

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