Peter Ertl, of JME fame, wrote a brief overview of the trend towards web-based chemical applications in the open Journal of Cheminformatics. He describes ChemDoodle Web Components in the section titled Future of Molecule Editing on the Web:
The second point concerns Flash technologies:
Flash is an embedded technology, just like applets are, and suffers from the same problems. I believe HTML5 will completely replace Flash on the web. Additionally, Flash is not supported on iPhone OS, while HTML5 is supported by Mobile Safari.
Certainly, Peter provides great insight into the development of web-based chemical technologies. I recommend that anyone interested in this field read his article.
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