Omni Group Debuts OmniKeyMaster Mac App for Discounted Upgrades

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The Omni Group today released OmniKeyMaster, a Mac app designed to allow users who purchased older Mac App Store versions of the company's software to access discounted upgrades in the future. The app locates installed Omni apps and generates new licenses that unlink the software from the Mac App Store.
    Though the apps allow users to access upgrade pricing in the Omni store, it does not provide them with App Store versions of upgraded apps.

    The Omni Group produces Mac apps like OmniFocus, OmniGraffle, OmniOutliner, and OmniPlan, among others.

    OmniKeyMaster can be downloaded at no cost from the Omni website.

    Article Link: Omni Group Debuts OmniKeyMaster Mac App for Discounted Upgrades
  2. ArtOfWarfare macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    It'd be nice if Apple would just allow paid updates and discount pricing for existing customers.
  3. Dulcimer macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2012
    Silly how limited the App Stores with flexibility of options, such as student discounts, upgrade discounts, etc.

    When I bought Omnifocus, I had the choice of paying $80 on the Mac App Store or $50 for a student discount on their website (yes, I am an actual student). Guess which one I chose.
  4. Crikey macrumors 6502

    Jan 14, 2004
    Spencer's Butte, Oregon
    That's an interesting development. I wonder about the politics. Apple presumably wants people using the App Store and taking 30% of the sale. But Omni Group is a long-time developer, heavily and as far as I know exclusively invested in Apple's ecosystem -- they must have calculated that Apple won't be pissed off enough to damage the relationship.

    A win for users, for sure.
  5. dermeister macrumors 6502


    Jan 19, 2003
    I am Vinz, Vinz Clortho, Keymaster of Gozer. Volguus Zildrohar, Lord of the Sebouillia. Are you the Gatekeeper?
  6. syd430 Guest

    I've never understood how this company gets away with selling its products at such high prices. There almost always seems to be a better designed, cheaper alternative for everything they sell. Maybe it's the pretty icons.
  7. unplugme71 macrumors 68030

    May 20, 2011
  8. Dulcimer, Aug 27, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2013

    Dulcimer macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2012
    Maybe you don't see the value, but OF is a very well designed, highly flexible app (sometimes to a flaw). If you're in the GTD mindset, then $80 isn't a lot for an app that'll save you productivity in the long run. They also have great customer support.

    Hey, this sounds familiar. Higher price, cheaper alternatives existing, but great value, design, and customer support. Hmm… Apple! :p
  9. GuyCalledPete macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2008
    I'll second this - I've been using OmniPlan for the last couple of weeks under a trial version, and the support I've received even before becoming a paid customer has been exceptional (and this new KeyMaster app is another perfect example of their dedication to existing customers).

    Now the trial is ending, I am going to upgrade to the full paid version in a heartbeat.

    -- Pete.
  10. GermanyChris macrumors 601


    Jul 3, 2011
  11. ValSalva macrumors 68040


    Jun 26, 2009
    Burpelson AFB
    It would be nice. Then developers like the Omni Group wouldn't have to waste their time with workarounds like this and could spend more time doing what I'm sure they'd rather be doing: making their apps even better.
  12. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    Brecause they've been in the business for the last two decades?

    From Wikipedia:

  13. charlituna macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    It's not an App Store app so there's little Apple can do about it.
    Even if they try to yank all apps from the App Store and revoke omni's certificate, folks can just install things anyway if they choose
  14. Michael73 macrumors 65816

    Feb 27, 2007
    I like the fact that if you buy through quantity discounts are automatic—you can build your own bundle. For each license beyond the first, you get 5% off the price of your order. The discount works for any combination of products, up to 30% off.

    The only downside I've found to buying through their store (and I've sent them feedback on this...) is that there is no unified updater application to check and see what Omni products you own and let you know if any of them need updating. If you buy their apps through the Mac App Store, the store itself (rather than Omnigroup) would provide such a notification system. However that's a small price to pay for getting up to 30% off the initial purchase price.
  15. Michael Goff macrumors G3

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    Edit: Apparently they are... it has just taken them a little over a year.

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