Draw Planet

Hey all!

A bunch of us have been putting together a web-based drawing app. In a nutshell, users connect in real-time to draw or chat on a sort of interactive whiteboard. Plenty of these are made in Flash, but we are determined to build it in HTML5 and JavaScript; a site that immediately works on mobile (because it’s not Flash), tailors to everybody from drawing tablet users to people who want to screw around, chat and play games — and with an awesome, modern look that other apps lack. The thing that works so well is these kinds of programs give you a lot of freedom of expression that I think by making more accessible we can popularize, and truly get a future-proof, lasting community going.

Current drawing apps aren’t too popular as they’re not accessible to the host of many devices people use, chatting’s not versatile or user-friendly enough to compete with chat sites, and their designs look god-awful like it’s still the 90’s. So with what we’re after, there’s insane potential in this project.


This is the interface. I hope it gives you some sense of what we’re aspiring for. It’s predominantly HTML, CSS, and JS with server-client communication in HTML5’s WebSockets, and some points in PHP. If you’re good with any of these, message me here. I’ll be more than happy to answer any questions. And if you’re critical of anything, nothing’s set in stone. It’s very much a by the community, for the community type of project.



Kinda neat really. Good luck with the project.

Reminds me of paint chat oekaki, which is a java applet. The best HTML5 drawing apps are closed-sourced and heavily guarded, which means those roll-your-own ‘oekaki boards’ suffer in quality as you mention. Heavily outdated.

But this I like! Looks like you can do anti-aliased ‘painterly’ drawings and traditional ‘pixel’ oekaki drawings. :+1:

you should invited some nice established artist/ cartoonist to play with it to promote it.

I was going to mention your site on g+ trough my blog, is that ok?

Sure you can!

At the moment we’re hellbent on completing the first build with full-duplex drawing. A lot of JS goes into developing the tools. PHP’s mainly account integration and forum features.
In design there’s a separate UI for mobile, and in fact for anybody good with Photoshop or vector graphics there’s some cool stuff we’re keen to create.

Drop a message, Skype * username deleted* or throw me an email, e-mail deleted if it’s a project you want to get behind.

Thx. am trying to get in the habit of writing a blog. Will drop you a line when publish it the post. & will drop a line to the email you listed above as well

@thatotherguy Hi there. I normally would say this in a pm so I’m going to apologize for saying this in public but I think that it will serve as good reminder to all of us.

I’ve deleted your personal information as a preventive. Spammers can use harvesters to read that information and flood you with unwanted publicity. Although that it is a bit of more work, but if you want to provide that information to someone (or a group of members) I think it is better to do so in a pm.

We do have to remember that what we write on the Internet stays forever :wink:

Do pm me if you think that I overstepped.

Regarding your project, it definately looks good.and it would be great to see a HTML5 version of it. Love the possibility of changing the type of brush. As with any application, it will take a bit to get used to it but it looks easy to learn

Thanks molona.

If anybody’s interested, PM :+1:

There’s 7 devs on board at the moment, though we’re looking for a little more expertise in some JavaScript frameworks, particularly Meteor. And while data’s handled with WebSockets, we’re also looking to do WebRTC and for incompatibility switch to WebSockets. Data management otherwise in SQL, and MongoDB or Redis.

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