Is Manipulate missing an important feature?

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg80044] Is Manipulate missing an important feature?*From*: Mariusz Jankowski <mjankowski at usm.maine.edu>*Date*: Sat, 11 Aug 2007 02:10:39 -0400 (EDT)

This is a general question about Manipulate and the Paste Snapshot control. Like many of you I have been enjoying the new interactive features. However, I am missing a feature that would easily allow for returning the result of the interaction. Why doesn't Paste Snapshot return the manipulated expression in the form we see it in the Manipulate window? Here is a simple example: Manipulate[Expand[(a + b)^n], {n, {0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5}}] Once I select the desired value of n (=3) I see the expanded expression, however after selecting Paste Snapshot I get: DynamicModule[{n = 3}, Expand[(a + b)^n]] Can someone explain why this was the chosen implementation? Why not the actual result, or even the original expression and rules for the values of the control variables? Thanks for any comments about this, Mariusz