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

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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 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 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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Guidelines for planning custom GUI in Mathematica

This post is here to save your time during GUI development in Mathematica. And one way to do this is to know where limits are and to be aware of features that are awaiting. Background Usually I don'...
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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 ( http://www.physics.ohio-...
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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 StartSavingCopies[5]...
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Documentation searches hang frequently: Anyone else dealing with this?

I've been struggling with a number of hangs, dynamic timeouts, and outright crashes when using the search/documentation center in version 9. I've tried uninstalling/reinstalling and clearing ...
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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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Quickly look-up usages, options and attributes of symbols

When I'm writing code in the front-end, I find myself very often looking up the list of options of a symbol over and over again in the documentation center. In most cases you find there a list of ...
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Does Mathematica have a built-in date picker?

Does Mathematica have an interactive date input control that lets the user choose a date by browsing to a calendar view and returning the selected date as a date list? For example, something like the ...
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Question about collections of custom GUI controls for Mathematica

Background: I have only recently begun programming GUIs in Mathematica, so I have a continuous need for custom controls. I needed a scrollable list control and with the help of Google I found a ...
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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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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 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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Detecting KeyUp events

Is there a way to detect when a key is released, similar to EventHandler[InputField[], {"KeyDown", "k"} :> Print["k pressed"]] It seems such detection isn't ...
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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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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 equivalent of a prototypical Manipulate in lower level functions?

Background: In the Mathematica tutorial 'Dynamic Interactivity' I read that there is a way of developing GUIs in Mathematica that do not use Manipulate. I want to ...
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How to design CloudObjects with reasonable CloudCredit costs

Note: I originally thought to post this as a non-answer/extended comment to this question; however I feared that I would end up hijacking the original question. It is likely a duplicate with the ...
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Change the color of a Locator in a Manipulate

How can I change the color of a Locator in a Manipulate? As an example, consider the following. ...
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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 improve these WASD + mouse look 3D controls?

Insipred by this question and the corresponding answer I've written a code for full-screen exploration of 3D scenes using standard WASD and mouse look controls. Here it is. ...
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LocatorPane and PlotRange

Consider the following snippet from the documentation on LocatorPane ...
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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 can I interrupt Speak?

I want to use an event handler to stop speaking: Speak[ExampleData[{"Text", "DonQuixoteISpanish"}]] The only way I can stop this is by restarting mathematica!
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“With” as part of the “Dynamic Interactivity Language”

I noticed that in Mathematica's Function Navigator With is listed as being part of the "Dynamic Interactivity Language". It is not the first (or even the fourth, ...
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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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How can I trace a functional expression's evaluation visually?

Ok, so the goal is to visualize the execution of this expression foo /@ {3 + 1, bar /@ {1 + 2, {4 + 7}}} in the following fashion using nested rectangles with ...
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Dynamically splitting Disks with Mouseover

I've recently stumbled across this site: Koalas to the Max, and the first thought that came to my mind was "I want to recreate this with Mathematica". As a first step I tried to create a ...
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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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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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How to create Locator[] hierarchies?

I'd like to 'parent' Locators to one another, ideally organized in any arbitrary tree. The simplest case: If I have two Locators, A and B, then moving A will move both together, but moving B will ...
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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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How can I set the speed of manipulate play button?

Can you set the speed at which a Manipulate plays when the play button is clicked?
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Module vs DynamicModule for a dynamic variables in a grid. || Spelling Bee

When my daughter asked me help with her spelling homework, for me the obvious thing to do was to write a Mathematica program for it. The words: ...
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What is the difference between Dynamic[x] and Dynamic[ h[x] ] for DynamicModule variables?

Bug introduced in 9.0 or earlier and persisting through 10.4.1 Why plain Dynamic[x] is less sensitive and less likely to automatically be updated than e.g. ...
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Mouse motion heat map - live visualization and analysis

Mouse motion heat map is an great way to study spatial attention distribution, styles of movement, reaction, etc. I am trying to design a code that visualizes such heat map. The requirements: 1) It ...
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Creating a notebook that has cells of a certain style password protected

I am teaching students how to use Mathematica. I want to create a problem set that has cells with a certain style (probably Input or some new style that is a variant of Input) locked down so that the ...
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How to improve this code for exploring large matrices?

What I'm actually trying to do is to elaborate this question. I'd like to use Pane with scrollbars enabled to explore large (sparse) matrices like this one: Here ...
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Using DynamicModule variables outside the DynamicModule

Take the following example for hiding/showing a notebook through a Checkbox: ...
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Autocomplete InputField

Is there a way to define a InputField that displays a list of options as you type? More specifically I'm looking for an ...
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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 share objects with dynamic content with non-Mathematica users?

Often when I construct some cool Manipulate[] function, I would like to share it with others—non-Mathematica users. Some software, notably Cinderella, ...
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Is there a better way to add elements to a Graphics expression repeatedly?

Consider simple example where a set of points is generated and some are displayed. ...
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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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Inconsistent handling of Dynamic option values; intended, omission, or bug?

In answering Dynamic ClipPlanes calculated from current ViewPoint Kuba and I got into a brief exchange regarding how Option values wrapped in Dynamic should be ...
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How can locators be added to the points on a 3D grid?

Here is a pared down example of some 3D data that I want to make dynamic and add locators to each set of points. Is that possible? ...
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Button evaluation inside DynamicModule

Someone know why this Button works when clicked: ...
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Practical uses of DynamicWrapper

I am looking for practical uses of the function DynamicWrapper . I read documentation and know whatever it says. I would appreciate a clear example of a useful ...