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Re: Manipulate evaluates repeatedly - how do i stop it

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  • Subject: [mg91579] Re: [mg91554] Manipulate evaluates repeatedly - how do i stop it
  • From: John Fultz <jfultz at>
  • Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2008 03:16:46 -0400 (EDT)
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On Wed, 27 Aug 2008 06:42:08 -0400 (EDT), robert prince-wright wrote:
> Does anyone know how to stop two Manipulate objects from appearing to re-
> evaluate when they are both visble in a Notebook window?
> I have created a two Manipulate objects that display interactive
> graphics. Each one is contained in separate output cells which means, in
> principle, the variables used inside the Manipulates are Localized. The
> names of the sliders are the same in each Manipulate (but that shouldn't
> matter?).
> When one Manipulate is visible the RHS Bracket around the cell shows the
> normal state for a cell that has been evaluated, however, when you scroll
> and both are visible in the notebook window the cell brackets start to
> flash with double lines and yellow suggesting the cell is re-evaluating.
> Any ideas on how to stop this?
> Robert

Your assumption is not true.  Manipulate, at most, localizes only those 
variables which are attached to controls.  Here is a trivial example which 
recreates the conditions you describe...

Manipulate[x = 1; {b, x}, {b, 0, 5}]
Manipulate[x = 2; {c, x}, {c, 0, 5}]

If you want to localize other variables, you'll have to do this by hand. You 
could do this by wrapping the Manipulate with a DynamicModule[].  In the above 
trivial example, it might look like...

DynamicModule[{x}, Manipulate[x = 1; {b, x}, {b, 0, 5}]]
DynamicModule[{x}, Manipulate[x = 2; {c, x}, {c, 0, 5}]]

Of course, this will not inherit the value of x from the outside.  If you want 
to use the value of x at the moment of the Shift+Enter evaluation, you can do...

DynamicModule[{x=x}, ...]

John Fultz
jfultz at
User Interface Group
Wolfram Research, Inc.

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