The power of touch

Bryan Brodie brb at
Mon Dec 12 17:45:30 EST 2016

Hi folks,

I agree 100% with Gavin on most points. Lenovo makes some awesome gear for
Windows / Linux, so that is where I spend my money now.

I do hanker after a Surface Studio, but we'll see how well that could run
Linux natively (otherwise, hello VirtualBox) . . .

Touch-UI on MacOS won't be touchscreen Macs anytime soon, if ever.

Control Strip? Remember those funky home-PC keyboards back in Y2K that had
buttons for "news", "shopping" and "email"? Same gimmick.

The lack of an actual touch UI on MacOS will detrimentally affect rapid
creation of 'universal' touch software using Omnis Studio.

After owning Macs continuously since 1984 and developing cross-platform
applications on Omnis 3/5/7/Studio, I have transitioned to Linux.

Now my focus is creating responsive web applications with consistent look /
feel across Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android. Twitter Bootstrap
provides this.

Check out
for an example.

This theme set is $29 per customer site. Free design support included. It's
an amazing tool kit. They update it every year.

Wiring up the back end code (PHP for me) is daunting, but it's all open
source and, for the most part, free - including the server software.
There's tons of examples / help on Stack Overflow and elsewhere on the

But --- not Omnis Studio compatible.  :-(

(I do use a tool I built with Studio in my web app development process -
patent pending ;-)

I look forward to seeing where the new management takes Omnis in the
near-term and long-term.

Thanks, that's my two cents worth.

Bryan Brodie

> From: Gavin Foster <omnislist at>
> Subject: Re: The power of touch
> Hi Bas and all,
> I have been thinking the same thing.
> Regarding touch screens:
> I bought my son a Lenovo Yoga recently; it had a touch screen and noticed
> how intuitive it is to him to "type and touch".
> (This may also be partly because non-Apple touch pads often give a poor
> response.)
> I want to see Omnis fully support touch UI, including "pinch to zoom?.
> Without it, our applications are going to look dated and consequently
> suffer in any new business prospects.
> Regarding Apple:
> a) I'm taking the stance "Don't buy Macs till they pay their tax." I'll
> consider a new MBP once they've coughed up 12 Billion euros to the Irish
> government for their European business. (So I'm unlikely to be buying any
> more Macs for a while!)
> Hackintosh maybe but would prefer not to licence their OS for the same
> reason, so please Omnis give us the Linux development version.
> b) Apple have been fairly visionary in the past e.g. forcing software onto
> the web in place of CD distributions. But now it's nothing more that cost
> cutting and charging the customer more for the privilege of having less. No
> ethernet port on the PC?s, no headphone port on the phones. You can't put
> an accountant in charge and I see them falling from grace quickly.
> Just my 2 eurocents worth.
> Rgds, Gav

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