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Laying out diagrams and charts should be easy. But for the most part, it’s not. I had to use Visio for a painful few weeks during a class, and was constantly frustrated by it. I was pleasantly surprised to find how much nicer LucidChart is even though it is a web app. It’s a diagraming app that works great, with more native features than many native apps.

That’s the best thing about LucidChart: it’s a web app that actually works better than its competing native apps. It’s an unusual phenomena, so keep reading to hear more from the LucidChart team about how they did it, as well as the newest feature they’ve just added to LucidChart.

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The Web is an ever-changing place. What’s hip this week is forgotten by the next. The half life of an Internet meme feels like it’s less than five minutes. But we love the Web because of that, don’t we? It’s not just the content of the Web that ebbs and flows, the technologies that underpin it change just as quickly. While the fights for the victor may last longer, and wide-sweeping changes don’t exactly happen overnight, they do eventually happen.

We’re at another turning point in the history of the Web. Like the Browser Wars and the Web Standards Movements before them, mobile devices have taken the world by storm, and completely changed the landscape of the Web. There’s a responsive movement in the web design community to make sure the Web works its best everywhere the Web is available. And yet there’s been a rather large elephant in the room: Flash. Flash isn’t available on iOS. It’s barely available on Android. It’s a divisive influence on the Web.

But it’s Adobe’s Golden Boy, isn’t it? Their cash cow, the key piece of their secret plot for world domination. Well, it might’ve been. But then they announced their latest labs project, an HTML5 animation tool. This is called Edge. And it’s different.

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Mozilla’s Paul Rouget made a splash on the web this week with the question, “Is IE9 a modern browser?” and a most definitive answer, “NO”. The post makes a great argument as to why IE9 is “more modern, but not really modern.”

And of course the post’s accompanying infographic is well worth checking out for a more visual perspective on the subject. Microsoft responded with several valid points of their own on the subject, adding more heat to the continual browser wars.

Many of us are biased for one reason or another, while it’s difficult for others to really say what a “modern browser” is since it isn’t clearly defined. Personally, I’m biased and don’t believe IE9 will be a “modern”, competitive browser for any other reason than it’s what has been used for so long, by so many, but IE — I can only hope — will continue it’s market share decline.

What do you think? Is IE9 a modern browser? Once fully released, do you think it will compete with Chrome, Safari or Firefox?

Killer invoicing app Ronin has released an HTML5-built iPhone app for users to track time on the go and sync with their Ronin account. Because the app is built with HTML5, an Android version will be a relatively simple addition, though with a UI tweaked for the different screen sizes.

If you aren’t familiar with Ronin, be sure to give our review a look: Smooth & Customizable Invoicing With Ronin. The app received a fantastic 9/10 rating, so be sure to give it a look.

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Do you know what a web app is? Do you know what’s used to make it? Covering web apps on Web.AppStorm isn’t quite as straight forward as you might think. There are many different technologies that are used to create web apps of many different types. Flash, JavaScript, HTML5, PHP, Java, Silverlight, web services vs dedicated applications… what qualifies as a web app and what doesn’t?

I occasionally receive comments stating that certain web apps aren’t actually web apps, when indeed they are. So, I would like to take a moment to clear things up and give you our take on what a web app really is.

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As of late, Flash has been increasingly filling my thoughts. If you follow Web.AppStorm (you do right?), you’ll know that we’re clearly fans of Flash-less web apps and excited by advancements in apps utilizing HTML5 and CSS3. Although some of our posts would lead you to believe we’re anti-Flash, we’re certainly not — though I personally tend prefer Flash-less apps.

As the year is coming to an end, I’ve been evaluating the content Web.AppStorm covers and why we’ve so severely neglected our Flash brethren. The simple fact of the matter is, HTML5 stole much of the limelight this year and Flash took a few hard knocks thanks to a some big names like Apple and Google.

You’ll notice many new or improved web apps are flaunting HTML5 versions or replacements, dropping Flash like a bad habit. In a way, Flash has become a dirty word to many — or maybe just less marketable. While this may have been the trend during this last year, we’re well aware of the fact that Flash is still a powerhouse and in many situations, the right tool for the job.

With that in mind, I’d like to balance things out and give Flash more love this coming year. As such, I’ve been trudging through the mountains of web apps I use to find some really great Flash-based apps for in-depth reviews on Web.AppStorm.

With that, I’m wondering if you avoid Flash-based apps or embrace them lovingly? Do you have some really great Flash-based apps in mind that you’d love to see reviewed or featured on Web.AppStorm?

And, dare I ask, are you an HTML5 vs Flash OR an HTML5 & Flash (living in harmony) web user? Are they rivals or are they different tools that, used together, can accomplish amazing things?

Recommended Reading: 10 Flash Things You Can’t Do With HTML5

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Do you get frustrated with rich webapps that take forever to load or require Flash to run? There are many drawing and charting webapps, but the majority are relatively slow and powered by Flash. Today we’ll look at the HTML5 powered app LucidChart, for creating rich charts, mockups and diagrams.

LucidChart is one of the many webapps that let you create charts and diagrams online, but it sets itself apart by using native web technology which makes it run faster than its Flash based competitors. It also lets you do more than just plain flow charts. You can use it to make mind-maps, mockups of the iPhone app you’re designing, or the standard org charts and diagrams usually made with Visio. Let’s see how you can put this to use to get charts and diagrams made for your projects.

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Aviary is an Internet brand well known for its efforts to push the limits of web apps to make them look and function like a desktop app. They have web apps in almost all the verticals Adobe’s Creative Suite of apps operate. While all their apps require Adode Flash player be installed, their recently launched image editor was developed completely using HTML5—meaning no more pesky plugins.

On top of being open, Aviary helps you embed the image editor in your digital domain. If your website deals in images you now have a great online image editor at your disposal. Now, isn’t that awesome?

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If you’re an app or web developer looking for fantastic features or even full on apps to implement into your site or app, CodeCanyon is definitely a place you should take a look through. It’s a rapidly growing marketplace offering lots of really fantastic scripts, plugins, HTML5 apps (and elements), CSS elements and even mobile apps.

We’ve rounded up 30 really fantastic new and popuarl CodeCanyon scripts, plugins and HTML5 apps for your viewing pleasure. Check’em out!

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Some time ago we took a look at VP Factory, an app that makes it a cinch to manage your videos, embeds and create a customized video player, among other things. Since that review, the VP Factory team has been hard at work adding features and making improvements.

So what new features and improvements does VP Factory bring to the table now? HTML5 players, modules for ads and analytics and more. Read on for more info. and to see why you should give this app a shot.

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