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HTML5 Canvas Demos: Developer’s Vanity Fair or a Progressive Way to Animate Things?

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For justice sake we would like to admit that HTML5 canvases have become a real marvel among web developers community. Canvas technology gives unbelievable opportunities to animate static objects avoiding the outdated Flash and exploiting the advanced HTML5 and JavaScript to the fullest.

As you have already understood, out today’s blog post won’t be boring as right under this text you will find terrifically astounding HTML5 canvas demos that will make your eyes goggle. But before plunging into the wave of aesthetical delight, let’s try to answer a question the majority of developers are concerned with: what is the practical purpose of HTML5 canvas?

We don’t speak about games as their main assignment is ostensible. They are created for our entertainment, relaxation, letting off the accumulated steam or just killing a couple of free minutes. However, the potential of games shouldn’t be underestimated. Not so long ago web based real-time-graphics non-flash games have been real hacks because their sizes were limited to sprites. Indeed, the ability to develop pixel-based games for multi-platform has bright prospects.

What's so special about HTML5 canvas?

  • Great potential. At the pre-canvas times developers were limited to rectangles, text-rendering and images. Some community members might argue that in order to reach full flourishing, a UI/graphics layer has to allow programmers to set pixels. There is a robust grain in these thoughts, nevertheless, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that canvas takes us to the whole new level. You will see what we mean in our vivid examples.
  • Graphics visualization (Charts & Graphs). They were implemented using Flash, SVG, and HTML/CSS technologies. But with canvas the situation changed, as now developers can do whatever they want any way they can think of.
  • Banner ads. As Flash is not welcomed anymore, canvas can replace the moth-eaten technology.
  • Canvas libraries can make it easier for developers winkle extensive computer-graphics programming experience to create useful stuff.
  • Emulators/Simulators. Both can now be fully implemented in JS, either core or visual.
  • Remote computer control. Canvas allows creating a web based viewer for this with some reliance on a WN-based data transport.
  • Rapid font innovation. Custom font rendering can be fully web based now.
  • Image editors. They can now be 100% web based.
  • Widgetizing of fine stuff. Developers will be able to embed awesome nuggets of content found on other sites.
  • Online document editing. Invented by a team of developers from Teamlab.com, the editor is rather impressive since it doesn't depend on browser sources. It uses its own engine and rendering tools. After such innovative editing, the document looks absolutely the same in any browser/OS/format and there are no formatting and content losses or issues, as it frequently happens when you import your docx to google docs or print a file from any other online document processor.
  • A scalable way to render data visualization. Many developers continue to use SVG to create dynamic visualizations; however, the result is not absolutely scalable. Once you add a few key elements, the browser DOM engine is not able to keep the page responsive. But if you render the visualization as a canvas image, it only adds one more element to the DOM tree, which can lead to better user experience.
  • The ability to make incredible page backgrounds with Canvas (diagonal and radial gradients, even animations) without the need to load in bandwidth intensive images.

Looks like the technology of the future, isn’t it? Now you know that HTML5 canvas is not only visually appealing, but also effective for further development of the beautiful and user-friendly web we are all longing for.

But let’s chase the talk away and finally start viewing HTML5 canvas demos. Hold on, we bet, they will take your breath away!

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Zen Photon Garden

This JavaScript raytracer was written by its author for trying out an interaction model: sculpting with light. Watch the video to see how a uniform circle of light can be sculpted into a unique shape, it’s stunning.

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Tearable Cloth

Do you see this hanging cloth? You can imagine that it is a curtain at your mother-in-law house. Come on! Tear it into rags with your mouse. We won’t tell anybody about the incident.

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Canvas Rider

Canvas Rider is an experiment aimed to collect & render Free Rider tracks with HTML5. It will no longer be updated as Kano Games released Free Rider HD.

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30,000 Particles

Use your mouse and see how the particles will perform. It’s a captivating show!

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Canvas Ribbon & iOS4.2 Device Orientation

Enjoy doodling with this ribbon implemented in HTML5 canvas. The method uses two delayed mouse follows at different speeds as a way of marking points for drawing. Each “mouse follow” has a record of its previous x and y point. For each interval, the authors drew a shape using the previous and current x & y points for each follow – this makes a ribbon “segment”. Strokes on the outer edges help to enhance the illusion of depth when ribbon’s sections overlap. Google logo colors rotate every second.

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Google Gravity

Eureka! Now the law of gravity works even in virtual world!

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Voxel Rain by Dimitrii Pokrovskii

We are not waiting for the sun in this case because the falling colored bricks are too interesting to watch.

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Ball Pool

Would you like to play? It’s easy! Here you can drag the balls, click the background, shake your browser, double click and watch what happens.

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Galactic Inbox

This is a very simple game the goal of which is to free your email. Lots of asteroids and other hostile stuff will block up your way, but you can shoot and navigate to avoid the collisions.

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WebGL Water

This water basin with a drowned blue sphere is very realistic. You can even make the water ripple touching it with your mouse. Of course this is not the only thing you can experiment with: drag the background to rotate the camera, drag the sphere to move it around, play with the light direction and gravity. It’s fun!

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Arena 5

This is an HTML5 game developed by Kevin Roast. The action takes place in outer space. You can use WASD or Arrow keys to move your ship and the mouse to aim your fire. Want to upgrade your weapons? Then, pick up the score multipliers dropped by the enemy ships.

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Asteroids

Fire as if your life depends on it! Shoot the asteroids; navigate your spaceship in order to survive!

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Plasma

Look out! This thing can hypnotize you with its smooth color transitions.

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Interactive Typography Effects

There are three more demos besides the honeycombs here, but from our viewpoint, this one is the most astounding.

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Ellie Goulding Lights

This is an inconceivable interactive music experience by HelloEnjoy. You can click to interact with the environments and keep the button pressed to fly faster.

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Rome

Now you’ll watch an interactive film by Chris Milk “3 Dreams of Black”. We hope you will be fascinated by it not lesser than we.

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Dan Forys Mesmerizer

Move your mouse over the grid, click the corners and type on your keyboard. See what will happen.

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Wave

Make waves and click the bubbles to read the tweets they contain.

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Spacegoo Maze

Go through it from the Start to the End. It will be an unforgettable journey.

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HTML5 Canvas Minimal Particle Animation Demo

Change the message for your own and keep your breath in anticipation. It will be something!

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3D Grapher

You can use the predefined functions in equations: sin, cos, tan, exp, pow, sqrt, abs, ln, asin, acos, atan and constant pi. Click and drag to rotate the object. Scroll with your mouse to zoom in/out.

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Bomomo

Bomomo was created by Philipp Lenssen. Try to draw something, it’s monster!

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Ghostwriter

Try to write or draw something with a ghostwriter, it’s incredible! Change colors and tools, test them all!

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Particles Waves

They look like lights rocking on the waves. A fantastic sight!

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Solar System

Solar system in miniature. The sky always looks so distant and impressive… Now you can observe the planets leisurely rotating around the sun any time you feel like doing that.

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How do you find the collection of HTML5 canvas demos? Aren’t they cool? Which one do you like the most? Maybe you are ready to share some more inspiring HTML5 canvas demos? Please, leave the links in the comment section. Maybe you know other practical purposes canvas can be applied for? Web community in general and TemplateMonster in particular want to know your opinion, so feel free to express it.


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