Blyth Software Ltd.
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On the 1st August 1979: Geoff Smith and Paul Wright founded Blyth Computer Services (later renamed Blyth Software Ltd, then Omnis Software) in Wenhaston, Suffolk, in the UK, which became the first Apple dealership in East Anglia, UK.
In December 1981 Blyth released its first OMNIS product, a database application tool for the Apple II designed by David Seaman and written using Apple Pascal. OMNIS was also developed at the time using the UCSD Pascal environment which enabled a simple port over to other popular machines of the time. The company was later renamed Blyth Software.
April 1984: OMNIS 1, OMNIS 2 and OMNIS 3 were released as a suite of Omnis products. Omnis 1 ("the file manager"), was intended to be an easy to use way of handling simple data, i.e. non-relational data. Omnis 2 "the information manager"), was similar to the original Omnis but had more programmability. Omnis 3 ("the database manager") was designed for programmers and business owners to build their own customized applications. Omnis 3 was one of the first cross-platform database application tools for Apple Computers and IBM compatibles running under MS-DOS.
In 1984 Blyth Accounting packages was released, based on the Omnis 3 engine, for small businesses.
In May 1984 they opened offices in San Mateo, CA.
Omnis 3 for Macintosh was released in May 1985, initially as a textual product rather than a GUI. UK headquarters moved to Mitford House in Benhall, Suffolk.
In May 1986 Omnis 3 Plus for Macintosh was released.
In December 1986 they Released "Blyth Craftware" in a set of off-the-shelf business packages for the management of mailing lists, personnel, assets and stock in small businesses.
In February 1987 Omnis Accounting was released. Later this year they also released "Omnis Quartz", one of the first GUI databases for Microsoft Windows.
In 1989 they released Omnis 5, one of the first cross-platform development tools for building applications under Windows and Mac.
Across the early 1990s, they released Omnis 7 and it's several updated versions. It was an integrated development environment providing client/server access to many industry standard server databases such as Oracle, Sybase, and Informix.
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