I've been trying to restart an animation after variables change from Manipulate PopUpMenus. My animation takes the form:

Animate[expr, {u, umin, umax, du}]. 

I can change u, after variations to Manipulate, back to an initial value momentarily, but from there u jumps back to its previous position (or farther forward) as if its continued running. I would be content with simply restarting the entire animation after changing the Manipulate variables.

My code for Animate[] is in the following simplified form (I hope to make the i slider bar return back to the left and the red dot to begin being plotted at x=-10 each time the function is changed):

gPrev[x_] := Sin[x];
   0, g[x_] := Sin[x], 
   1, g[x_] := Cos[x], 
   2, g[x_] := ArcTan[x]], 
 {functionNumb, 0, 2, 1}]

 Plot[{g[x]}, {x, -10, 10}, 
   Epilog -> {Red, PointSize[0.015], Point@{i, g[i]}}], {i, -10, 10, 1}, 
   DisplayAllSteps -> True, AnimationRunning -> False]
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    $\begingroup$ if you post a (formatted) minimal working example you will probably get more/better answers. $\endgroup$
    – Ajasja
    Jun 4, 2013 at 14:42
  • $\begingroup$ You are welcome, but the code snippet is not working. It is also not exactly minimal:) $\endgroup$
    – Ajasja
    Jun 4, 2013 at 15:08
  • $\begingroup$ Simplified, working code posted, thanks again. $\endgroup$
    – twhoward99
    Jun 4, 2013 at 16:01
  • $\begingroup$ It's much better now (+1). Hmm I see where the problem is. Well, let me first give you an improved version of your original code. Manipulate[ Animate[Plot[{f[x]}, {x, -10, 10}, Epilog -> {Red, PointSize[0.015], Point@{i, f[i]}}], {i, -10, 10, 1}, DisplayAllSteps -> True, AnimationRunning -> False], {f, {Sin, Cos, ArcTan}}] $\endgroup$
    – Ajasja
    Jun 4, 2013 at 16:18
  • $\begingroup$ So basically the problem is how to reset the i index from the animation? Sorry can't see an obvious way right now. $\endgroup$
    – Ajasja
    Jun 4, 2013 at 16:23

2 Answers 2


Not a complete answer yet: I've built the functionality using DynamicModule and Animator, thinking that it will be possible to manually set the index i when using the second argument of Dynamic. Sadly this only works if the animation is not running. So if the animation is not running i is reset correctly. Still, here is the code

EDIT Stealing from Kuba, I'm 80% there. The animation is restarted, but the old animation state is lost. In other words, changing the function will always run the animation.

DynamicModule[{i = -10, f = Sin, run = False}, 
    Dynamic[f, (i = -10; run = False; FinishDynamic[]; run = True; 
       Print@i; f = #) &], {Sin, Cos, ArcTan}], 
   Dynamic@Animator[Dynamic[i], {-10, 10, 0.1}, 
     ContinuousAction -> True, AnimationRunning -> run], 
   Dynamic@Plot[{f[x]}, {x, -10, 10}, ImageSize -> Medium, 
     Epilog -> {Red, PointSize[0.015], Point@{i, f[i]}}]}]
  • $\begingroup$ Hmm, there is an "ResetButton" under AppearanceElements, but I don't know how to call it from code. $\endgroup$
    – Ajasja
    Jun 4, 2013 at 16:51
  • $\begingroup$ Ahh, You are faster :) I think it works like twhoward99 wanted. +1 $\endgroup$
    – Kuba
    Jun 4, 2013 at 17:08
  • $\begingroup$ I can't upvote due to my meager reputation, but thank-you so much for your help! $\endgroup$
    – twhoward99
    Jun 4, 2013 at 17:18

First I've give one way that fits with the setup in your question, and then I'll give the way I would do it myself, in case that helps.

Wrap Animate in Dynamic and make it track g; also keep the Manipulate from tracking g. Wrapping Animate will make it reset whenever g is changed.

gPrev[x_] := Sin[x];
 Switch[functionNumb, 0, g[x_] := Sin[x], 1, g[x_] := Cos[x], 2, 
  g[x_] := ArcTan[x]]; g[x], {functionNumb, 0, 2, 1}, 
 TrackedSymbols :> {functionNumb}]

  Plot[{g[x]}, {x, -10, 10}, 
   Epilog -> {Red, PointSize[0.015], 
     Dynamic@Point@N@{i, g[i]}}], {i, -10, 10, 1}, 
  DisplayAllSteps -> True, AnimationRunning -> False, 
  TrackedSymbols -> {g}]

Here's a single Manipulate that has the same functionality, as I see it, and a more integrated look.

   i = -10; 
   Animator[Dynamic[i], {-10, 10, 1}, AnimationRunning -> False],
   Plot[function, {x, -10, 10}, 
    Epilog -> {Red, PointSize[0.015], Dynamic@Point@N@{i, function /. x -> i}},
    ImageSize -> Medium]
 {function, {Sin[x], Cos[x], 2 ArcTan[x]}},
 {i, -10, 10, 1, ControlType -> None},
 TrackedSymbols :> {function}]

enter image description here

Putting the Animator in the control area is a bit trickier, it seems. It can be done, but my solution is a bit too kludgy to post.

  • $\begingroup$ what exactly it is that makes your second example work (I mean that makes the plot update correctly and the animator reset correctly when you change the function)? I ask because if you for example change the Plot[...] bit with a more simple Graphics like Graphics[{Dynamic@Point@{i, i}}, PlotRange -> {{-10, 10}, {-10, 10}}] it doesn't work anymore, as changing the function doesn't reset i. I cannot see the difference between these these two cases: why does one work and the other not? $\endgroup$
    – glS
    Nov 10, 2016 at 19:16
  • $\begingroup$ @glS It's because plot output depends on function but your Graphics[] does not. When function is changed in your case, it does not trigger an update. $\endgroup$
    – Michael E2
    Nov 10, 2016 at 23:30

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