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Transparent textures don't show

EDIT For now, I'm going to accept Brett's answer. It's a way to get transparency back by having 3D calculations done in software instead of hardware. It addresses the symptoms but not the ...
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Undocumented syntax of FilledCurve [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Undocumented form for FilledCurve[] A nice trick to get the outline paths of letters is to use the PDF exporter/importer ...
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Clipboard with transparency

After reading this question I have determined that Rasterize[Graphics[Circle[]], "Image", Background -> None] allows you to do ...
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4answers
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Printing exported PDF graphics fails (version 8)

When I export even simple graphics, say, a DateListPlot to PDF under Windows, it refuses to print on any of the printers at work. Acrobat (Reader X) throws three ...
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LogPlot axes labels destroyed when working in high precision

(I'm using Mathematica 8.) I have a Taylor series: poly = Normal[Series[E^x, {x, 0, 10}]] I want to produce a log-linear plot of the error. This is easy enough ...
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2answers
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backward compatibility

When producing or enhancing code, it is tempting to use recent new primitives of Mathematica introduced in version 7 and 8, but for library code or in preparation or future version change in ...
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Can't simplify Abs[a*Cos[x]]^2

Why doesn't FullSimplify[ Abs[a*Cos[x]]^2, Assumptions -> {{a, x} ∈ Reals}] simplify to (a*Cos[x])^2 but this query ...
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3answers
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What is the most convenient way to change options for Graph[] objects?

What is the most convenient way to change options such as VertexLabels in existing Graph objects? (Version 7 users note: ...
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Break[] inside ColorFunction

f[x_?NumericQ]:= (Do[Break[],{i,1,2}];x) Plot[x,{x,0,1},ColorFunction->(ColorData["Rainbow"][f[#]]&)] Break::nofwd: No enclosing For, While, or Do found ...
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What calendar is Mathematica using for dates in the distant past?

It appears that Mathematica treats all dates as proleptic Gregorian dates by default, a hypothesis that can be easily tested by using AbsoluteTime to compute the ...
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2answers
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Command Completion

Note: As of version 9, this functionality is available and works out of the box. I've a few questions about Command Completion in Mathematica. I recently discovered this feature, and it's really ...
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3answers
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Interpolation on an unstructured (mostly-structured) grid in 4D+

I frequently need to perform interpolations on an unstructured grid. Mostly, with the purpose of filling grid holes and then later continue with regular grid interpolations. Mathematica V9 and V10 ...
4
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321 views

A Graphics`Mesh`ConvexHull[] peculiarity

I have been unable to explain the behavior of Graphics`Mesh`ConvexHull[] on the following (highly simplified) example: ...
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1answer
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Why does LogLinearPlot sample its argument outside the specified domain?

I experience a weird bug in the function LogLinearPlot. If the input is an interpolation function, such as the one created like this, ...
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2answers
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Alternative to NotebookLocate or NotebookFind

In Mathematica 8.0 and older, there are two ways to select cells based on cell tags. NotebookLocate["CellTag"]; NotebookGet[EvaluationNotebook[]] and ...
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2answers
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Wavelet Packet Transform in Mathematica 7 and 8

For finding location of spikes in a time series I used to transform the data into wavelet space using DiscreteWaveletPacketTransform [ data, filter, 0] and then ...
4
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1answer
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Plot an undefined function

When I plotted an undefined function, Mathematica also spends considerable time to process it. It returns a blank figure necessarily. What confuses me is where the ...
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Create a color bar plot legend

I have the following list of parametric equations lst = {10*Cos[u]*Sin[v], 3*Sin[u]*Sin[v], 2*Cos[v]}; I define the following color function ...