Omnibus

Omnibus Introduction

Omnibus is an advanced content distribution solution, used to securely distribute documents and digital media to remote computer users.

Information shared via Omnibus files can be fully protected against illegal copying and redistribution. In fact, Omnibus is the only product that allows you to distribute documents as well as digital media on the web, while keeping control over who has access and how they interact with your content.

Background

The Omnibus range of products have been developed to provide individuals and organizations with a simple yet reliable and secure mechanism to distribute digital content such as documents, images, videos and books.

Have you ever wanted to:

  • email a sensitive document to someone outside your company, but you wished that you could restrict their ability to copy, print or forward this document to other, possibly unauthorized, individuals?
  • distribute the same to document to hundreds or even thousands of individuals but were blocked by spam filters?
  • send a large number of files (such as photos, music, documents) or extremely large attachments (like videos) to other people without clogging up their inbox or slowing down their internet connection?
  • distribute documents, spreadsheets, etc. to a group of people and automatically update their copies of these documents with your latest versions?

All of this, and more is possible with Omnibus.

The Omnibus Solution

Distributing digital content is as simple as creating a single master Omnibus file using the Omnibus Manager software. You then copy (or drag and drop) all the files and documents that you wish to share into your master Omnibus, and finally send out Omnibus seed files to your recipients inviting them to receive your content.

From this point onwards, any file 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.

Omnibus Security

A single Omnibus file may contain any number of files and are fully encrypted using the AES 256 bit encryption standard. This ensures that documents are always located in one place and never stored in an unencrypted format.

Documents are always opened and viewed directly from the Omnibus file. No files are ever extracted to a temporary location on the local hard disk. Unless explicitly allowed, documents cannot be copied or extracted from the Omnibus or saved in any other location. The document publisher has full control over what users are allowed to do with documents.

Omnibus Synchronization

 

An Omnibus may contain any kind of content. The following is a list of the file types that are supported as Omnibus managed content. Managed content are fully DRM (Digital Rights Protected).

Omnibus supported file types

Word Document Microsoft Word documents
Excel Document Microsoft Excel spreadsheets
PowerPoint Document Microsoft PowerPoint presentations
Access Document Microsoft Access databases
Rich Text Document Text documents
Internet Document HTML web pages, Magazines, and Flash applets
PDF File Adobe PDF files
Video Clip Video Files
Wave Sound Music Files
Images Pictures and Images
Unknown File Other files types may or may not be supported depending on the software implementation. Please contact us if you have a third party file format that you would like to use.
  • Secure storage with AES256 encryption
  • Automatic content replication
  • Digital rights managed documents

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the advantage of Omnibus based content distribution compared to standard email attachments?

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

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.

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.

Why not simply upload documents and files to my website?

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.

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.

What happens if I switch my computer off before a magazine has completely downloaded?

The Omnibus update process can be stopped and restarted at any time without losing any information that was already downloaded. All existing downloads will simple continue after you have rebooted. The Omnibus software can also be terminated at any time without any ill effects.

Will the Omnibus application slow down my computer or internet connection?

Omnibus updates will only be downloaded when your computer is idle. As such, it does not interfere with your normal work or browsing experience. For more control, you can even adjust the download priorities for each Omnibus file individually.

How much of my disk space does an Omnibus file take up?

An Omnibus file may contain any number of files of any arbitrary size.

Magazines are typically between 10 and 20 MB in size. Typical hard drive sizes today are between 200GB and 1TB. A hundred magazines would therefore take less than 1% of your available hard drive space.

On what type of computer does the software work?

The Omnibus software has been designed to work on any version of Microsoft Windows from Windows XP and onwards. Minimum suggested memory is 512MB RAM, but more memory will enable a better viewing experience.