June 2, 2022 WpSchmiede

A truly inspiring and forward-looking event

Short summary about the international Omnis Developer (Anniversary) Conference – part 1

ODC 2022 is over, and I am almost sure that everyone came back with lots of inspirations, new ideas and insights. This conference really lived up to the motto “The Future of App Development”.

To all those who could not be there this time, I can say: You missed a lot! It’s hard to cover everything at ODC 2022, but that doesn’t stop me from trying to summarize the most important highlights here. As there were so many I have to split my report into two posts, so here is part 1:

First and foremost are the many announcements of new Omnis Studio releases, Omnis products and services:

1.

The new release Omnis Studio v10.22, to be released later this month. It will enable development and deployment in the cloud, offer new additional licensing options (subscription models) and provide a new free developer version, the Omnis Studio Community Edition.

2.

The launch of v10.22 will also see the new Omnis Online Store go live, making the free Community Edition, two other new developer editions – Omnis Studio Cloud Edition and Omnis Studio Universal Edition – new support offerings and the subscription-based Omnis Developer Program, as well as free Omnis licenses for students and educational institutions, available with just a few clicks.

3.

Looking a little further into the future was the next super interesting presentation of the next major release Omnis Studio 11, which is planned for the last quarter of this year. Omnis Principal Engineer Bob Mitchell showed first highlights including important enhancements in the IDE, a completely redesigned and customizable component store, many enhancements in the method editor and debugger as well as los of exciting new UI controls for both the jsClient (e.g. charts, gauge, floating action buttons, tile grid, new scroll boxes and labels) and the jsClient. e.g. charts, gauge, floating action buttons, tile grid, new scroll boxes and labels, side panels, data grid enhancements) and for desktop apps (e.g. themed svg icons, tab strip, significant enhancements for lists, buttons, border icons, pages and tabbed pane, animated content tips and many others).

4.

The announcement of a new service option was also enthusiastically received: Omnis Studio Now. This is an offer for all Omnis customers in the Omnis Developer Program who are using the Runtime Maintenance Service. With Studio Now, they will no longer have to wait for the general availability of new Omnis Studio releases to use newly developed Omnis features.
From Omnis Studio 11 onwards, these developers will have immediate access to each new feature as soon as it is tested and released by Omnis Studio. This means that you are always the first to get access to new features and can thus always keep your apps up to date and always one step ahead of your competition.

5.

The promised announcement of a brand new Omnis product was eagerly awaited by all. Now the secret is out:
Omnis Software is working on a low-code product aimed at non-professional developers and business specialists who have the need for new digital solutions. One of the specifics of Omnis Low-Code will be that the created application in the Low Code variant will be an Omnis Studio library file.

This means that the application is

    • complete and ready for deployment as a stand alone solution,
    • contained and transportable,
    • can be used within the Studio product line to allow more extended modification and enhancement.

More information on the upcoming Omnis Low-Code product will be published in the next few months.

By the way, copies of the ODC 2022 presentations are available in the new Omnis Developer Forum; there you will find detailed information on all the topics mentioned and the other topics of the conference.

These are only the first five exciting news and presentations from ODC 2022, many more will follow shortly in the second part of my conference summary. But even the first part shows that

The future of app development is here!

Birgit Jäger