Questions on the Manipulate function of Mathematica, a function that allows the interactive manipulation of certain parameters in a Mathematica expression.

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Manipulate with a variable number of sliders

I have a function that operates on a list of parameters of variable-length $n$. I would like to create a Manipulate[] that has $n$ sliders, one for each list ...
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Using ListPointPlot3D to simulate 2D plots moving in time

I wrote a 1D solver for the heat equation $u_t=u_{xx}$, and I can animate the solution using normal ListPlot command, where the x-axis is the rod length, and the ...
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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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Better way to visualize cylinder puzzle solution

The above puzzle has been a recent source of amusement in my clique. I decided to provide a visualization to motivate solution (here): My code: ...
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How to modularize custom controls for Manipulate?

Background: My Manipulate programs are becoming (too) long. I want to split them up in to independent modules, if at all possible. Take this program as a prototype: ...
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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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The dangers of SaveDefinitions — should this really happen?

I have been bitten hard by SaveDefinitions -> True. I'll describe in detail what happened below. My questions are: Is this a bug? What is the most convenient ...
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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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What does None mean in a control specification for Manipulate?

I am now struggling to understand code that contains the following (simplified) Manipulate structure. ...
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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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Resizing or moving Notebook window causes Manipulate to update its argument

Bug introduced in 10.0 and fixed in 10.3.0 Check this example: Manipulate[Grid[{{RandomReal[10]}, {Plot[Sin[x], {x, 0, 2 Pi}]}}], {a, 1, 3}] As you can see, ...
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In a CDF can I suppress or avoid “This file contains potentially unsafe dynamic content…”

I created a CDF to distribute to a single trusted user who both knows and trusts me and everything I make for them. I downloaded the CDF player and the CDF to one of their computers. The CDF works ...
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Putting large amounts of data inside a self-contained Manipulate

This is half tip, half question. If one tries to put a large amount of data inside the Initialization:>(code) part of a Manipulate, as one may be compelled to do in a Demonstration or where one wants ...
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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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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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Mathematica Manipulate with macros AND variable number of controls (persistence desired)

This post about avoiding code duplication in Manipulate helped a lot getting as far as I did. The method of "macros" outlined there works excellent, but when the ...
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Making a “cached” version of `Manipulate[]`?

I have a function that is a bit too slow for Manipulate[]. Right now I plan to cache outputs outside the manipulation and just have the manipulator select among ...
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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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SaveDefinitions->True changes the displayed image

Bug introduced in 9.0.1 or earlier and persisting through 10.3.1 or later I have a Manipulate[ ] that displays an image with a superimposed ...
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Initial values in Manipulate are hijacked by existing global variable values

Is the following behaviour a bug? It's the same in all versions between 9.0-10.2.0. Let's try this simple Manipulate with the initial value of ...
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RevolutionPlot3D: but NOT revolving about the z axis

I want to demonstrate generating a solid of revolution by revolving a planar region about, say, a horizontal axis. However, RevolutionPlot3D doesn't seem to have an ...
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Simulate a simple spinner

I'm teaching some simple ideas in probability to students in grade 7. The "spinner" below works, but I'm wondering how I could make it just a bit more realistic by having it actually "spin" around a ...
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Can Manipulate controls have the option Appearance -> “Labeled” by default?

I was wondering if there's a way to tell Mathematica to use the option Appearance -> "Labeled" for all Manipulate commands by ...
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Evaluation indicator for a notebook

I have a GUI with a number of TabView and other Manipulate controls. Sometimes clicking from one tab view to the other can take ...
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Manipulate not working inside DialogInput

Some controls do not appear to work with Manipulate inside a DialogInput. For example: ...
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What is an efficient way of selecting multiple colors via Manipulate?

Background: The following snippet is what I (intend to) use in a Manipulate form where up to 12 different colors can be selected: ...
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Selective evaluation of blocks of code in a Manipulate

Is it possible to attach certain pieces of code to certain controls in a Manipulate? For example, consider the following Manipulate ...
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Simple problem with Manipulate and Plot

Would anyone have an idea why the following doesn't work: rule = {z -> x^2 + 2 x + y}; Manipulate[ Plot[z /. rule, {x, 0, 10}], {{y, 2, "y"}, 1, 5} ] But ...
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Manipulate crashes after running 4 minutes

The following code generates the familiar 3D-plot: ...
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Restrict Locator to a certain graphic inside Manipulate

I would like to restrict the Locator inside Manipulate to a certain graphic. For example if I display two graphs, I would like to be able to click on the right one and use this information in other ...
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Using a MacBook's builtin sudden motion sensor with Manipulate

With the following code I can get the value of the "Sudden Motion Sensor", which is build into MacBooks: ...
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Manipulate BarChart with Mathematica

In the following minimal working example: Manipulate[BarChart[{a,b}],{a,1,2},{b,1,2}] I'd like to be able to control the size of the bars by using some sort of ...
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“Reset” Button for Manipulate

I want to distribute a .cdf to my students wherein they manipulate 5 locators on a graph to define various shapes. The .cdf opens with the locators in a "nice" position, but of course it is very hard ...
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PolarPlot render oddities

I apologize if this is a obvious question and answer, I don't often use Mathematica to display plots or graphics in general to be honest. So, I was tutoring my cousin yesterday in relation to Polar ...
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How to set precision and format labeled Slider in Manipulate?

For my calculations, I need increased precision of parameter k in my Manipulate: ...
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Adding controls for multiple functions in Manipulate

I am learning Mathematica and the Image Processing functions. I have the following Manipulate procedure which works fine: ...
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Dependent Manipulate sliders

I would like to use dependent sliders in Manipulate. First slider K0 should be independent and varied from ...
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How to generate a real-time stream of data?

I'm experimenting with Inversion-of-Control (callback) programming patterns, and I would like a way to generate streams of data at specified real-time intervals. I came up with the illustrated way to ...
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Manipulate[] inside DialogInput[]

I would like to get input from an interactive dialog that uses Manipulate[]. But I find that my Manipulate[] breaks when I put ...
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How to see a code preview (in Experimental`Explore[] or related GUI)

I have been messing around with built in Experimental`Explore[] function. You can call the function in Mathematica yourself to see what it looks like. It is a GUI ...
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Panning with Mouse

This is related to the question i just asked here but not the same. How could i create a manipulate that lets me move the graph to any position i want by clicking and dragging anywhere. Here is an ...
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1D quasicrystal: points on a line nearest to points on a lattice

I have a simple lattice / line manipulation: ...
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Localizing variables within a Manipulate

I have a notebook with several examples of very similar computations, each involving the same variable/parameter names of the ingredients used in a final ...
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How to specify the InputField as a String in Manipulate

I'm putting together a Demonstration which utilizes a function which operates on a (manipulated) String, and I'd like the ...
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Synchronizing the camera view of multiple Image3D panels within a Manipulate interface

I'm trying to synchronize the camera view of multiple Image3D panels displayed within a Manipulate interface. A random 3D image ...
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Full documentation for AppearanceElements

As explained in this solution, ListAnimate[Table[Plot[Sin[n x], {x, 0, 2}], {n, 3}]]//InputForm will allow me to view the types of appearance element for the ...
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How can I get Manipulator control elements to appear on one line?

By default Manipulator produced by Manipulate with Appearance -> "Open" option have two ...
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Manipulate evaluation sequence

Manipulate doesn't always evaluate in the order I expect it to. What is the evaluation sequence for Manipulate and other ...
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Interactively inspecting parts of an object

There have been times when I want to find the structure of an object in order to extract some part of it. For example, extracting the x and y coordinates from a Graphics object generated by Plot. I ...
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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 ...