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SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE) -- A new generation of interactive Information Kiosks will make their first appearance at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo on Aug. 9, 1999 in San Jose.

Developed by OMNIS Software and sponsored by the International Data Group (IDG), the Linux OS-based kiosks will supply visitors to LinuxWorld Expo this year with information about the exhibitors and their products, directions to specific booths and facilities, and allow attendees to vote for their favorite product as well as order product literature online.

Users of the Kiosks will be accessing the data through a standard web browser using the new OMNIS Web Client. The Web Client, a freely down-loadable plug-in component, allows the user to access any OMNIS Web Client enabled OMNIS Studio application over the Internet.

"The Kiosks are very powerful, flexible tools, providing visitors a wide and expanding range of services. The concept has already proven to be a very popular one with our exhibitors as it gives them more new ways of attracting customers to their booths," said Russ Walker, Sales director for IDG World Expo.

He continued, "It is a testament to the OMNIS Studio product that such a robust, sophisticated solution could be produced so quickly. We are delighted with the results and expect to continue developing and evolving the kiosk concept for future shows."

Gwyneth Gibbs, president of OMNIS Software, reflected similar sentiments: "The future for the Linux OS is very exciting, however, there is a fear that some businesses will be deterred from using it because of the lack of business applications, particularly at the enterprise level. The development of the Information Kiosk on the Linux OS, in such a short time period, is a real demonstration of what can be achieved by using the tools of OMNIS Software. "

The Kiosk solution, running on Red Hat Linux, was developed using OMNIS Studio in just four weeks. This is possible because OMNIS is a powerful 4GL Rapid Application Development environment designed to produce flexible, scalable business solutions in a very short time frame.

It can be used to develop applications on Linux, Windows 95/98/NT or Mac and then deployed across all supported platforms without modification. OMNIS Studio supports direct connectivity to many leading databases including Oracle, IBM's Universal Database, Sybase and Informix and many others via ODBC.

OMNIS based solutions are used around the world in wide range of industries including aerospace, education, finance, government, telecommunications, manufacturing, healthcare and sports management.

OMNIS Technology Corporation

OMNIS Technology Corporation is a leader in developing and deploying cross-platform component engineering software.

The OMNIS Studio, OMNIS Web Client and OMNIS 73 product lines support the full life cycle of applications and are ideal for the rapid development and deployment of sophisticated Web and client/server solutions, providing true re-use of software objects and the ability to integrate objects from disparate programming languages.

In addition to connectivity to Oracle, Sybase, and Informix, OMNIS products are currently the only microcomputer database development systems that support IBM's DB/2 Universal Database in native mode on Macintosh and Windows machines.

Corporate headquarters are located at 981 Industrial Road, Building B, San Carlos, CA 94070. Telephone: 650/632-7100. Fax: 650/632-7130. OMNIS has international offices in the United Kingdom, Germany, The Netherlands, Scandinavia and distributors throughout Europe and Asia Pacific. Additional information is available on the company's Web site, http://www.omnis-software.com.

Statements in this news release that are not historical facts, including but not limited to statements (i) that include the words "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "estimates" or words of similar importance or meaning with reference to the company or management; (ii) specifically identified as forward-looking; (iii) describing any of the company's or management's plans, objectives or goals for future operations and products, or (iv) concerning the characteristics and growth of the company's markets or customers or the company's expected liquidity and capital resources, are forward-looking statements. The company or its representatives may also make similar forward-looking statements from time to time orally or in writing. The company cautions the recipient that these statements involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause (and in some cases have caused) actual results to differ materially from predicted results. Those important factors and risks include but are not limited to economic, competitive, governmental and technological factors affecting the company's operations, markets, products, services and prices. Further important factors and risks are described in the company's current Form 10-KSB/A filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and other important factors and risks are detailed from time to time in the company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). Copies of the current Form 10-KSB/A of the company and other reports filed by the company with the SEC may be obtained directly from the company or from the SEC at www.sec.gov. These factors further may not constitute all of the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in any forward-looking statement. The company operates in a continually changing business and technology environment and new factors emerge from time to time. The company cannot predict such factors nor can it assess the impact, if any, of such factors on the company or its results. Accordingly, forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as a prediction of actual results. The company expressly disclaims any obligation or responsibility to update or revise or supplement any forward-looking statement provided in this news release or generally to any extent.

CONTACT: OMNIS Software, San Carlos | Mark Aspinall, +44 (1728) 603011 | mark_aspinall@omnis-software.com | Matthew R. Simmons, 650/632-7117 | matthew_simmons@omnis-software.com


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