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 to create a self-contained CDF document, I find that the Front End gets bogged down trying to format the input. One way around this that I've discovered is to embed the data inside a Raster. Thus:

embedded=Framed@Graphics[Raster[bigdata]] (*Framed is so you can see it*)

The visual output is meaningless. But ... you can then cut and paste the Framed object inside your initialization block and get the data out easily

Initialization:>(embedded=(*paste cut framed graphic here*);

So far as I can tell, this works. But it depends on an abuse of Raster and Graphics. Does anyone have suggestions about alternative means of putting large amounts of data inside a Manipulate?

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    $\begingroup$ +1 Great question, had similar problems. Perhaps one can also use Compress. $\endgroup$
    – Ajasja
    Dec 6, 2012 at 14:54
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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to Mathematica.SE, Seth! $\endgroup$
    – Yves Klett
    Dec 6, 2012 at 14:55
  • $\begingroup$ @Ajasja Which is not dissimilar, since Compress is effectively used by images. $\endgroup$ Dec 6, 2012 at 14:55
  • $\begingroup$ I second Yves. Welcome, Seth! $\endgroup$ Dec 6, 2012 at 14:56
  • $\begingroup$ Would you mind supplying some bigdata to play around with? $\endgroup$
    – Yves Klett
    Dec 6, 2012 at 14:56

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Since we were talking about EXIF information yesterday (any compression to be added on top):

data = Image[Circle[] // Graphics, 
  MetaInformation -> {"The Data" -> 
     ExampleData[{"Text", "OriginOfSpecies"}]}]
MetaInformation /. Options[data]

Mathematica graphics

Sorry for blowing up the thread, but this also works nicely, Matryoshka style: Mathematica graphics

  • $\begingroup$ Clever. Any known restrictions to EXIF data size? $\endgroup$ Dec 6, 2012 at 15:10
  • $\begingroup$ @SjoerdC.deVries good question... from the Mathematica point of view it is simply an option, so internally probably no explicit limit? $\endgroup$
    – Yves Klett
    Dec 6, 2012 at 15:12
  • $\begingroup$ @SjoerdC.deVries also this is MetaInformation and just derived from the EXIF thread. It might be interesting to check if Export and re-Import with EXIF data works. See also this one: What is the maximum size of JPEG metadata? $\endgroup$
    – Yves Klett
    Dec 6, 2012 at 15:23

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