The creation of the tablet computer market by Apple has led many to consider the role that this new platform might play in scientific software. But the tablet market, once entirely owned by Apple, is now showing increasing signs of competition from devices running Android and Windows operating systems.
Cross-Platform Mobile Apps
Although offering choices for buyers, increasing competition among device makers presents a dilemma for service and product providers. Which platform will your customers want to run? Which platform will be on top in three years? Five years?
HTML5 and the remarkable array of new Web technologies around it offer a solution that works both today and tomorrow.
ChemWriter and iPad
Recently, we made some changes that enable ChemWriter to work with the iPad's well-known touch gestures.
ChemWriter 2.6.8 eliminates these restrictions. Atoms and bonds can both be created using comfortable touch gestures. Atoms can be lassoed and moved by touching and dragging. Both rings and bonds can be rotated before final placement by touch-dragging.
More to Come
These changes are the first iteration in a series of improvements designed to optimize ChemWriter as a structure drawing tool for mobile devices. Future releases will continue to improve the touch interface by adding support for pinch-to-zoom, by improving the touch responsiveness of buttons, and by optimizing touch gesture support on Android tablets.
Increasing competition in the tablet device market means tough choices for providers of scientific mobile applications. Should you decide that HTML5 offers the best way forward for projects needing chemical structure input or display, ChemWriter offers an unmatched solution.