Paper.js: Just Like Real Paper
Paper.js prides itself as an easy to learn skill for beginners, but also wields mastery for those who seek it. To do this, the creators of Scriptographer had it in mind to keep the current workflow of programs such as Adobe Illustrator and implement it onto Paper.js. Some of the many abilities include manipulation of constructed paths to yield segments and curves, including simplifying paths through points. Authors can also have complicated stroke styles that are supported but have simple editability along with precise bounding box manipulation. With the similar characteristics Paper.js has with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, authors have a higher and faster rate of transitioning and acquiring Paper.js mastery because of the functional familiarity.
One of its specialties of Paper.js is not only user-friendly for the users and readers, but for the authors themselves too. Paper.js provides flexibility and editability in code. Originally from the Adobe programs, blend modes (color dodge, soft-light, hard light, multiply, overlay, screen, darken, lighten, difference, exclusion, hue and saturation) can now be requested and implemented right onto the HTML document. Not only will the graphic have the ability to animate seamlessly, but it will also change in presentation without the hassle of file-alterations.
Performance can critically hit for Paper.js, even if it stems from HTML5’s canvas elements. HTML5 elements are rendered through CPU (Central Processing Unit), and this includes the canvas element. This is problematic because Paper.js’s stronghold is vector graphics. Rendering graphics, animations, drawings, sounds, etc would not be efficient when run under CPU. On the other hand, GPU (Graphics Processing Unit), where video games allocate rendering, is a better fit for graphics optimizing. Until the HTML5 canvas element can uniquely process under GPU, Paper.js will not only be set back by inheriting any constraints from HTML5, but will also not be able to be used at its full potential. Some current solutions to reduce these problems include carefully grouping your code to minimize calculations and running tests such as animations running on slower hardware.
Paper.js is one web technology that expands possibilities for rendering a web page. With the familiarity of workspace and functionality with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, Paper.js is a code-based, creativity-enabling tool. Even with its’ current performance and support problems, Paper.js’s worth and value outweighs everything else, as it is an enhancing skill addition to any web developer.