Navigation for the ZIM JavaScript Canvas Framework


new Circle() 100 radius and green center and drag - demonstration code for how simple and easy ZIM is to Learn JavaScript Coding on the Canvas - code creativity!

ZIM Editor lets you try code right in the Browser

Spirogram-type drawing done on Canvas with ZIM - very beautiful pink, purple and aqua blue lines like nets

The Canvas API includes the HTML 5 canvas tag and the JavaScript to draw in the tag such as the rectangle code below:

The canvas is a picture that can be drawn on by JavaScript code including with the ZIM JavaScript Canvas Framework

The above code is "lower level" and can look a little scary. We make it simple in ZIM:

The canvas is a picture that can be drawn on by JavaScript code including with the ZIM JavaScript Canvas Framework

The canvas is great for making games, puzzles, art, e-learning apps and other visually rich apps. If you are making information sites with scrolling pages of text and pictures, probably just use HTML, CSS and JS. See When to Use a JavaScript Canvas Library or Framework article by Dr Abstract in Medium.

It is best to use a library or framework when making interactive works with the Canvas, otherwise, there is no way to group shapes or tell which shape is being interacted with. The ZIM Framework provides easy containers and shapes, drag and drop, hit tests, components like buttons, sliders, dials and more based on the robust CreateJS. See WHY ZIM.


A series of video thumbnails for the learn javascript with creative coding youtube series

The LEARN JAVASCRIPT WITH CREATIVE CODING videos match ZIM SKOOL lessons to provide an easy-to-follow way to learn the basics of JavaScript on the colorful HTML Canvas! View ZIM BASICS for ZIM specific video tutorials. Dr Abstract looks through mid to advanced code in the ZIM EXPLORE series. In a rush? See the CODE IN FIVE MINUTES series.

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Code ZIM inside Adobe Animate with ZIM SHIM. Here is a set of ZIM TUTORIALS FOR ADOBE ANIMATE!

ZIM Tutorials for Adobe Animate


CodePen is an excellent resource for inspiration and learning. There is a series called CREATIVE CODING LESSONS. The lessons are NOT how to learn basic coding or ZIM (see the video series above or the schools below for those) but rather focus on techniques for making art, games, puzzles, etc. with creative coding.

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Visit ZIM KIDS for Colorful Coding Workshop Tutorials including an easy online editor to test right in the Browser. TEACHERS can check how the lessons match curriculum. Tutorials are divided into PARTS, BUGS and THINGS and each tutorial has three levels. There are also MAGIC, SPELLS and SLATE pages to kids learn and practice!

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Visit ZIM SKOOL for Creative Coding Lessons including colorful theory and practice for both left and right brain learners! There are introduction pages for STUDENTS and TEACHERS. The lessons are found HERE and are supported by the many TUTORIAL examples in ZIM Learn.

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Dr Abstract (ZIM Founder) is a Professor of INTERACTIVE MEDIA at Sheridan College in Canada. The Interactive Media program is a one-year post-grad with courses in Interactive Coding (Canvas), Web Design and Development (DOM), Audio Video, UI/UX, Project Management, Creative Technology and Mobile Design. Get MORE INFORMATION.

ZIM at Sheridan College Interactive Media One-Year Post-grad


Dr Abstract on Medium - this is the logo for Medium

Dr Abstract has provided YOUR GUIDE TO CREATIVE CODING ON THE CANVAS which is a definitive twelve-guide collection to coding the Canvas with ZIM. ZIM ON DEV has articles on specific topics.

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collect Plasma Points for the Plasma Points mobile app with ZIM!

Original BASIC, MID and ADVANCED tutorials are below. We recommend the VIDEO series above for more recent material. For new coders and philosophers of code, watch the CODE ZERO videos. Get CERTIFCATES making ART and GAME projects. The TIPS show latest ZIM techniques and ZIM Bubbling the latest features! See the code of the ZIM INTRO page for a quick demo!

Code Zero - Learn the Philosophy of Code! ZIM Certificates - Steps to Make an App! ZIM Tips - Latest Code Advice and Techniques! ZIM Bubbling - Videos of all the latest features! ZIM Lab - Code explorations in ZIM! ZIM Intro - see a ZIM Demo!