OmniPresence isn't quite everywhere yet


Whilst I don’t see it becoming helpful to me quite yet, I’ve been taking OmniPresence, the new OS X / iOS document syncing solution from The Omni Group, for a spin.

It certainly works rather well, as you’d expect from a company with such a reputation for attention to detail. You can see more in-depth explanation of the way it works from MacStories and MacSparky. You can choose to sync free via their Omni Sync Server, or on your own WebDAV server.

So far it’s mostly useful for syncing files between copies of Omni’s applications on different devices. Because of the nature of iOS sandboxing, whilst you can put any kind of file you like into the Dropbox-like folder it creates on you Mac, only iOS apps which build in compatibility will be able to access them. Right now this is only apps created by Omni, but it’ll be interesting to see if any other developers take advantage of this.

This is what caught my eye in the Omni blog post about their public release of OmniPresence:

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.

I really, really love the idea of this kind of control over my data. Whilst I’ll continue to use Dropbox for its combination of ubiquity and reliability, I’ll be keeping an eye on OmniPresence. If only Apple cared enough about iCloud to make it work as well as this. Maybe that’s unfair to say, but it doesn’t seem like it’s a priority.