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

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How to manipulate 2D plots?

When it comes to visual analysis, large datasets or data with intricate internal details often makes plotting in 2D useless, as the outcome is either just a fraction of the full dataset, or no details ...
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How are parameters evaluated for a Plot in Manipulate

I am trying to get my head around how Manipulate evaluates functions in a Plot. I have read the introduction to Manipulate, and introduction to Dynamic, but I still ...
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Why do buttons with ChoiceDialog freeze the front end?

Pressing the button below will freeze my front end. An unpainted white dialog box comes up, then it completely freezes, and I need to forcibly kill the front end. CPU usage stays at zero during ...
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Generating graphs interactively (GUI)

I want to create graphs interactively using a GUI. I thought of using a ClickPane[] environment. The code I have (in part borrowed from the Documentation) works ...
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Question about MapThread and Dynamic

I don't understand the following: f[a_, b_] := a + b ls = {1, 2, 3}; MapThread[f, {ls, {10, 20, 30}}] This yields ( as expected ) {11,22,33} If I change ...
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How to extract the numerical value of a dynamical variable

I want to inspect interactively an image by selecting points by the mouse pointer. This is easily done by LocatorPane - here is a simplified example: ...
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How can I compare a dynamic variable with a literal in Mathematica?

I'm doing a Mathematica Notebook and I want to make an alarm clock. Something like this: ...
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Is it possible to use Begin and End inside a Manipulate?

May be someone can explain why I can't use Begin["context`"] and End[] inside a Manipulate ...
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How to create animated snowfall?

Well, the title is self-explanatory. What sorts of snowfall can we generate using Mathematica? There are two options I suggest to consider: 1) Continuous GIF animations with smallest possible number ...
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How can I make an InputField with a proper newline/carriage return?

The return key does not work as expected in an InputField, how can I overcome this?
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sliding a tangent line along a curve

I am confused by Dynamic. I am trying to slide a tangent line along a curve, without using DynamicModule, so that I can include ...
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How to create a progress bar?

I would like to create a progress bar tool that allows me to see how my computations are going. I found answers to this question on many sites, I even found a package for it ( ...
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Button evaluation inside DynamicModule

Someone know why this Button works when clicked: ...
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Basic question about Dynamic

Please consider the following: ...
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Mathematica Minecraft

Some time ago I asked myself: with all these great graphics and interactive capabilities of Mathematica, what kinds of 3D games can be implemented in it? And the answer which came to mind is ...
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How to anchor a Pane's scroll position to the bottom?

Suppose I have a Pane containing some dynamic text, for example that is being updated by a logging function. ...
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How to dynamically toggle curves on/off in a crowded Plot?

When multiple curves appear in a single plot, it is useful to interactively turn certain curves on or off to visually compare smaller numbers of curves. It is trivial to put a quick dynamic together, ...
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How can I set up a versioning system within a notebook?

Since the Frontend crashes a lot, for important work it would be nice to have the notebook automatically branch and save itself every so many minutes. For instance, commands like ...
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How to Initiate a queued evaluation from a Dynamic GUI without using a Button

I have a Dynamic-based GUI, and one part of it will kick off a calculation that could take longer than the default 5-second dynamic timeout. I know that ...
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What is the proper method to load a Mathematica package inside a DynamicModule

I have a DynamicModule that requires loading of Mathematica packages. The usual methods do not seem to apply (...
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Interactively extract points from a plot (ListPlot or SmoothDensityHistogram)

Is there a way to dynamically define a polygon on a plot (I'm working with ListPlot and SmoothDensityHistogram) to select a ...
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How do I find all the possible events that work with EventHandler?

The EventHandler documentation, More Information section, lists 5 mouse events: ...
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How to create interrelated sliders?

Say I want a slider that controls the value of $x$ and another slider that controls the value of $2x$, how would I go about it?
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How to dynamically update Locator[] constraints?

I need to visualize Menelaus' theorem for a triangle with moving locators for each of six points. So the vertexes of the triangle can move in any possible way, and the three points on the sides of the ...
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Logarithmic slider

Is it possible to create a logarithmic slider similar to this one that responds to a change of the variable value? That is, when the slider is moved, the variable value should update. When the ...
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Problem with UpdateInterval

I want to monitor current results with Dynamic ...
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Manipulate Exp[I θ]+b Exp[-I θ]

I've uploaded an image showing a demonstration I'd like to create, but I definitely need help. There is a lot of talent on this list, so maybe someone can help me get started learning how to add ...
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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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Evaluation inside Button stops after some seconds

I would like to trigger a long calculation inside a dynamic module with a Button. It seems that the evaluation stops without an error-message after some seconds. I made a test outside the a dynamic ...
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What are the most common (usual) ways to make palettes with non-trivial functionality?

What are the best (most robust and most convenient) ways to create palettes that can be installed permanently (using Palettes -> Install Palette...) and are safe ...
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How can I effectively performance-profile Dynamics?

How to optimize performance-wise a complex dynamic expression (like a GUI) with lots of dynamically updated components, which require different update-frequencies? I was hesitant to ask this question ...
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Using Refresh[..] with TrackedSymbols

This is a very basic question, but I don't understand the following behavior. The usage to Refresh reads represents an object whose value in a Dynamic should be ...
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How to create a notebook element that can replace itself?

I would like to create a notebook element that can replace itself. Here's an example to illustrate: ...
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How to draw the image of a circle under the action of a transformation of the phase flow?

How to draw the image of a circle $x^2+(y-1)^2<1/4$ under the action of a transformation of the phase flow for the equation $\dot{x}=y,\ \dot{y}=-\sin x$? Here $\dot{x}$ means $dx/dt$. Any help or ...
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How To interactively create a Polygon in a Graphic?

Background: suppose I start with the following (working) snippet. Manipulate[Graphics[Line[{{0, 0}, p}], PlotRange -> 2], {{p, {1, 1}}, Locator}] Ideally, I ...
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Generating dynamic Inputfields

I want to create a bunch of input fields, four in this case, one for each element of the list "x", but since Dynamic has ...
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Moving From Dynamic Module to Manipulate

In trying to implement Vitaly's suggestion about how to take control of Locator events, I have been able to make headway using ...
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Click in a vector plot to plot several solutions of a system of differential equations

I am aware of the Locator button and I am aware of the Equation Trekker package, but they are not what I want to use. Here is what I specifically want to know how to do, if possible. Consider the ...
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Rounding problems inside InputField

Consider the following InputField InputField[Dynamic[h2, If[# === Null, h2 = h2, h2 = Round[#, 0.001]] &], Number] The ...
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Syntax highlighter shows error for Manipulate when it's inside a Block or a Module

I'm putting my new copy of Mathematica 10 through its paces and I noticed a weird change in the colouring scheme that I find very annoying, and I'd like to get some insight into why it's happening. ...
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Slow Dynamic Button Does Not Print [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why do buttons with ChoiceDialog freeze the front end? Why is SystemDialogInput failing to return a save file path? Evaluation inside Button stops after some seconds I ...
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How safe is the use of Block and Internal`InheritedBlock

For many questions on this site answers are given which suggest to use Block and, especially for more advanced topics, ...
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LocatorPane and PlotRange

Consider the following snippet from the documentation on LocatorPane ...
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Manipulating a continuous stream of sounds

I need some audio-feedback when a locator is moved on a surface. I have the following code that produces a beep every time the dynamic controller is interacted with such that the pitch of the sound ...
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What is the point of Refresh if Dynamic has an UpdateInterval option?

I haven't found an example where I can't get rid of Refresh[]: ...
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Why animator smoothes dynamic updates, or how to make pacman drink beer

How could I make a pacman drink beer in Mathematica? This is what I have so far ...
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In InputField, how to prevent Shift-Return from generating a new cell?

When running the following in a notebook (not a deployed CDF file), it can sometimes be annoying that accidentally pressing Shift-Return breaks out of the user ...
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Why does a variable become real when using the second argument of Dynamic?

Version 9, on Windows 7. Please compare these 2 very simple examples Manipulate[ x, Row[{Manipulator[Dynamic[x], {0, 10, 1/100}]}], {{x, 1}, None} ] and ...
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How can I simulate this animation of checking for prime numbers?

I can only implement a very simple one, I want to make my code look like that. Any better ideas? ...
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Wrapping EventHandler by Table

I am making a grid on the screen. The grid is composed of different expressions. I want all of them to have a Gray background, which turns into a ...