Omnibus Digital Content Distribution


This document provides a general overview of the Omnibus digital content distribution technology.


The Alfega Omnibus product has been developed to provide companies with a simple, reliable and secure mechanism to distribute digital content such as documents, images and videos.

When documents are distributed as email attachments, clients often end up with multiple versions of the same document with no easy way to know which document is the most recent. Related content are often scattered across multiple messages, making it difficult to locate the relevant information. Email distribution may also, unintentionally, invite users to forward documents to third parties who may not be privy to this information.

With the Omnibus system, distributing digital content is as simple as creating a single master Omnibus and sending out Omnibus seed files inviting clients to receive updates. Documents placed (or updated) in the master Omnibus will automatically be replicated to all client Omnibus files. The update process is completely automatic and requires no user interaction.

The client software will connect to the Omnibus Content Distribution Server (OCDS) on a predefined schedule to retrieve updates. All updates found are then collated and consolidated into a single client-side Omnibus file.

The encrypted Omnibus storage is a key component in the management of critical or sensitive information.

When clients interact with the contents of an Omnibus file, they open documents directly from the Omnibus file without first having to copy documents to a temporary location on the local hard disk. This has the benefit that documents are always located in one place and never stored in an unencrypted format.

Omnibus files can be configured as managed (secure) or unmanaged (public) storage. An Omnibus file is always associated with a single publisher. The publisher has full control of the contents of an Omnibus and may add, update or delete documents from the Omnibus.

Omnibus content distribution benefits

a)       All information from the same publisher are stored in a single Omnibus file

b)       No restriction on the size of content

c)       Guaranteed delivery and accurate delivery reports

d)       Secure storage and advanced content usage (DRM) policies

e)       Wide range of content types, including propriety in-house customer defined data types

Advanced delivery mechanism

The advanced content distribution technology utilized in Omnibus updates ensures that recipients will always receive content irrespective of internet speed or quality. Unlike standard email systems, content will never get “lost” or blocked by spam filters. In addition, the sender will always know when the content has successfully been delivered and accessed

Omnibus updates are under full control of the Omnibus Content Distribution Server. In addition, updates will always “play nice” with other applications that also require internet connectivity. Update priorities can however be adjusted to suit the client.

Omnibus files solves many of the content distribution headaches that companies have with standard email solutions.

Secure Distribution and storage

Omnibus files provides a secure and reliable way to distribute digital content. Documents are always delivered and stored in an encrypted format. In fact, no Information is ever stored (or even temporarily saved) on the client PC in a non-encrypted format.

Rich Content and Media

Omnibus content distribution enables companies to distribute a variety of rich content types to clients. Virtually any type of digital content can be distributed using Omnibus technology. Typical content include:

a)       Any Microsoft Office document (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Visio, etc.)

b)       Adobe PDF files

c)       All standard image formats, e.g. JPG, PNG, BMP, GIF, etc.

d)       Videos (Some video formats may require 3rd party video codecs to be installed)

e)       Music files, e.g. MP3, WMA, WAV, OGG, etc.

f)        Any web content, e.g. HTML, Flash, etc,

When possible, content is served directly from the Omnibus to the application that is used to view the content. For instance, a document such an Adobe PDF file will be loaded directly from the Omnibus into the PDF viewer without first being extracted to the hard disk.

How clients receive Omnibus files


Terms and abbreviations

For the purpose of this document, the following concepts are defined:

Omnibus – A single, secure and encrypted storage file that may contain one or more embedded documents.

Document – A generic term used to describe any kind of digital content, including (but not limited to) text documents, images, videos and music.

Publisher – A person, company or other entity that creates and/or edits documents, or other digital content.

Client – The person who receives and interacts with the published content.

Omnibus Seed file - A small file used by the Omnibus client software to create a new Omnibus file.

Omnibus Content Distribution Server (OCDS) – Server software that manages Omnibus updates.