Questions relating to the dynamic family of functions in Mathematica, such as Dynamic, DynamicModule and Manipulate.

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How to access off-cell mouse position inside an EventHandler?

Consider the following example. First, I print the dynamically updated value of the actual position of the mouse, then I print pt, which is the same but is only ...
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Injecting list of controls into manipulate

I am trying to program a method to manually move around graph vertices, and then output the new coordinates. I'd like to turn this into a function that can be called with a variable number of ...
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Progress indicator with shared variables

I'm trying to create a custom progress indicator for a parallelized computation, using Dynamic and SetSharedVariables to display ...
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Creating a slider that instead of setting, increases/decreases a variable

The objective: Create a slider that, when displaced from the center, increases-decreases the value of another variable at a rate proportional to the displacement. So, I create a slider that ...
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LocatorPane and multiple EventHandlers, PassEventsDown option

Consider the following piece of code from Heike as an ( accepted ) answer on LocatorPane, selecting multiple Locators - Basically the code implements dragging polygons on a LocatorPane. ...
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How to make a dynamic stopwatch?

For some experiments I need some basic timer function. I tried various methods, and neither of them are fully satisfactory. What I need is a button, that starts/stops a timer, resets timer with each ...
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How do I maintain notebook state variables between front end/kernel sessions, if those variables are set programmatically rather than via UI widgets?

I need to give a notebook a few simple state variables (counters) that will be saved with the notebook, persist across kernel restarts, etc. From what I've read, using variables defined within a ...
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How can I use Dynamic to run a script when a new file is added to a directory?

I have an external program saving files to some directory on my hard disc. I'd like to run a script that imports and runs a script on each file as it is added to the directory. Is there a simple way ...
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Interactively select a row/column of a Grid

I need a simple way to display tabular data (preferably with Grid) and also be able to select a row or column of the table. I've tried different approaches, but I ...
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Enabled option for slider in Manipulate not updating dynamically

In a Manipulate expression I have a slider control which has the Enabled option ...
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How can I make sure all InputFields have values before processing a nb form?

This is a two part problem: I have a form that accepts both numeric and text inputs, then runs a function using a "process" Button. The issue I'm having is users that forget to fill out all of the ...
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Dynamic and Refresh

If I am not mislead by my memory, in Mathematica 6 a function Refresh was introduced, having the options UpdateInterval and ...
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DynamicModule variables that retain values during code reloading

At times I'll find myself building a some interface component where I want to have some localized dynamic variables, and while testing I might realize that some bit of the code needs to change, which ...
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How to write 1.0 in InputFields with ContinuousAction and Number constraint

With the concept of user responsiveness in mind, I’ve tinkered a couple of small apps that are supposed to be eh… responsive, i.e. calculating without having to press enter. They all rely on ...
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How can I change a Dynamic object's state when the kernel quits?

In a particular notebook, I've got a docked cell with a status readout that depends on a package I've written. It doesn't display properly before the package is loaded. The notebook has an ...
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How to preview a list of images by sliding the mouse?

I'm trying to dynamically scrub over a list of images like in iphoto. Unfortunately, when the mouse moves from one side to the other, it's skipping frames which is confusing: When the mouse runs ...
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Why is setting SynchronousUpdating -> True causes mouse motion to pause/freeze Dynamics?

When making a Manipulate, I noticed that setting SynchronousUpdating -> True have a very annoying side effect. By just moving the mouse anywhere on the same cell ...
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Trouble understanding TrackedSymbols

While developing a relatively complex demonstration for Manipulate I encountered the problem that my output was unintentionally self-updating in an endless loop. ...
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Creating a Tooltip that knows what platform is currently being used

I have Mathematica 8 on my PC. I also have a new Mac with CDF-player, but not Mathematica. I want a Tooltip that shows one thing if running on a PC, and something ...
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Equivalent of MATLAB's “hold on” function

I'm making an animation where the number of iterations is known. I tried using Dynamic, as I prefer updating in real time over generating data before plotting. I ...
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Dynamic[] and Print[] [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Intermediate display similar to PrintTemporary Estimating progress on plots How to create a progress bar? How to determine how much of a table is generated? I'm ...
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How to make DynamicModule work without an extra ENTER

I've been trying to learn more about DynamicModule (I do not use them, as I used Manipulate all the time). After some time ...
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Using a Slider to manipulate a Plot

Why does this work (displays the curve): Graphics[Plot[Sin[x], {x, 0, Pi}]] and this doesn't (no curve) ...
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“Masking” an InputField

In building an assignment for my class, I would like set up an InputField, where they will enter a function. I was wondering if there was a way to "continuously" check if their function is being ...
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Button that starts an evaluation which is monitored with a progress indicator

I have a DynamicModule in which I which I wish to start an operation (actually import files) with a button. I would like to monitor the progress with a ...
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Checkbox behaving weird when variables are local

I have a DynamicModule in which I need a checkbox with a Max in the dynamic part: ...
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Basic question about Dynamic

Please consider the following: ...
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How to add several Locators to a Graphic with a mouse click?

Background: Suppose I have something like this: ...
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Why ParallelEvaluate[x = 0; {$KernelID, Dynamic[x]}] returns {{1,x},{2,x}}?

I'd expect that ParallelEvaluate[x = 0; {$KernelID, Dynamic[x]}] returns {{1, 0}, {2, 0}}, and that if in a parallel ...
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Printing a Dynamic variable inside Dynamic

I'm trying to Print the variable a inside the Dynamic wrapper. Seems like such a simple question, but I haven't been able to get ...
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How to change the color of a button while it is pressed

I want to change the color of a button while it is pressed, pause for a short time and then change the color back to the original color. I can't seem to figure out how to do this (tried various forms ...
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Using free-form linguistic input in a dynamic input field

I've been playing around with dynamic input fields; here's a basic example, which just consists of an input field where the user can enter a function and then a button that can be clicked to graph the ...
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How to create a ListLinePlot with a layout analogous to ChartLayout -> “Stacked”?

I am using 3 checkboxes as desktops, portables and ipods in such a way that when I click to desktops it should shows ListLinePlot of ...
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Dynamically highlighting elements sharing common properties

I want to make a table of elements such that when the cursor is over a target element, all other elements of the table sharing some specified common property with the target are highlighted (let's say ...
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Locator-based abscissa ranges widget

I'm trying to implement a widget that will enable users to graphically determine certain abscissa ranges in a 2D plot. I've started by coding a prototype, whose output looks like this: The idea ...
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Dynamics and Block interfere

As mentioned by Albert Retey in a comment, we can unintentionally interfere with our dynamics as follows ...
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Entering scientific notation in an InputField

I am trying to make an InputField for numeric input, but InputField[Dynamic[num],Number] Does not allow the user to type ...
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Control variable and body variable decoupling in Manipulate

This issue was raised as an offside problem in this thread. Consider the following example, that does not work as expected: ...
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Is it possible to update Dynamic objects even when they are off screen?

I am using Dynamic and DynamicModule to display graphics/statistics generated from a long-running set of parallel tasks. The ...
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Using gamepad without dynamic

I am a novice using Mathematica. I program regularly using c like languages though. Now i work on a simulation of a vehicle. I have a loop that calculates the next state of the physical model every dt ...
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How to make a piece of a pie chart change color upon clicking it?

I am trying to use the EventHandler and have managed to make the text change color upon clicking it, but cannot seem to make each piece of the pie chart change ...
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Using the keyboard to interactively and dynamically specify coordinates in a grid (a la Battleship board game)

In Mathematica, it is possible to create a Table or Grid of \[Placeholder] boxes. For ...
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Why does Dynamic output cause CPU usage when onscreen?

I write such a line in Mathematica: {Slider[Dynamic[s]], Dynamic[f[x_] := s*x]} After evaluation, the CPU immediately runs at full power. And if you scroll the ...
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How can I dynamically display a stream position?

If I create a stream, str = StringToStream["how can I dynamically display the stream position"]; Read[str, Word] "how" then, when I use, ...
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Why NotebookDynamicExpression freezes Mathematica on this particular application?

Why does this simple expression freezes Mathematica? (version 10.3.0, Windows 7 64) ...
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Using a progress bar in a functional expression

If we have a procedural construct like a Do loop or Table, it is straightforward to make a progress bar to indicate the percent ...
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Is there a way to make an interactive plot so one can pan and zoom?

My googling efforts returned nothing so I thought I'd ask here. I often make a ListPlot[] with a huge array, and sometimes it has smaller features that I'd like to take a closer look at, but aren't ...
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How to robustly apply ToBoxes to a Dynamic expression?

Inserting a Dynamic object in a boxform expression messes up syntax colouring. See the following example. where the variable ...
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How to convert String to an Expression inside Manipulate which depends on control variable

Normally, in Global context, these 2 are equivalent eqn = "r-x"; r = -2; Plot[ToExpression[eqn], {x, -5, 5}] and ...