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Re: Re: Adding markers on the surface of a Plot3D?

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  • Subject: [mg89402] Re: [mg89375] Re: Adding markers on the surface of a Plot3D?
  • From: Andrzej Kozlowski <akoz at mimuw.edu.pl>
  • Date: Sun, 8 Jun 2008 02:33:49 -0400 (EDT)
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In other words - the change in the behaviour of Show in version 6 was  
not any kind of "interface design change" (optional or otherwise) but  
a consequence of the most fundamental change in Mathematica 6 compared  
with earlier version, namely: the fact that in Mathematica 6 the  
actual "graphic" (i.e. a picture) is a Mathematica object itself and  
not a "side effect", and hence when obtained as output behaves exactly  
as all other Mathematica output does.
In addition to greater consistency, a major advantage of this is that  
all kinds of graphic details can now be controlled using the  
Mathematica programming language itself, while in earlier versions,  
one had to resort to programming in PostScript (or using an external  
program that could edit PostScript files). This is, of course, a  
perfect illustration of the concept of "integration" as in "the  
world's only fully integrated technical computing system" ....

Andrzej Kozlowski


On 7 Jun 2008, at 16:00, Jens-Peer Kuska wrote:

> Hi,
>
> a) yes you are right, it' cant be done :
>
> fun[x_, y_] := Sin[x*y]
>
> DynamicModule[{plt},
>  plt = Plot3D[fun[x, y], {x, -Pi, Pi}, {y, -Pi, Pi}];
>  Manipulate[
>   xline = ParametricPlot3D[{x, yc, fun[x, yc]}, {x, -Pi, Pi}];
>   yline = ParametricPlot3D[{xc, y, fun[xc, y]}, {y, -Pi, Pi}];
>   Graphics3D[{plt[[1]],
>     Sphere[{xc, yc, fun[xc, yc]}, 0.1], {AbsoluteThickness[4],
>      RGBColor[1, 0, 0], xline[[1]], yline[[1]]}}],
>   {{xc, 0}, -Pi, Pi}, {{yc, 0}, -Pi, Pi}
>   ]
>  ]
>
> and an other impossible example
>
> fun[x_, y_] := Exp[-x^2 - y^2]
>
> DynamicModule[{plt},
>  plt = Plot3D[fun[x, y], {x, -Pi, Pi}, {y, -Pi, Pi},
>    PlotStyle -> Opacity[0.5], PlotRange -> All];
>  Manipulate[
>   pnt = Append[xy, fun @@ xy];
>   Graphics3D[{plt[[1]], Line[{Append[xy, 0], pnt}],
>     Sphere[pnt, 0.1], {AbsoluteThickness[4], RGBColor[1, 0, 0],
>      Line[{pnt, pnt*{1, 1, 2}}]}}, PlotRange -> All],
>   {{xy, {0, 0}}, Slider2D}
>   ]
>  ]
>
> and
>
> Show[] evaluates to a Graphics[]/Graphics3D[] and the FrontEnd
> show this graphics lik it show you the result of Expand[(x+1)^1000]
> but in older Mathematica versions the FrontEnd need an other program
> to display the PostScript and Show[] had a side effect that it paste
> a rendered image in the Notebook.
>
> Regards
>   Jens
>
>
> AES wrote:
>> I'd like to highlight the two mesh lines that pass through a certain
>> central point -- let's call it the point {xc,yc} -- on a Plot3D by
>> thickening those two lines relative to the other mesh lines, or  
>> giving
>> them a distinctive color, or . . .
>>
>> Or put a dot on the surface at the point {xc, yc, f[xc,yc]} to  
>> identify
>> this location on the surface . . .
>>
>> Or run a vertical "post" up through that point using something like
>> Line[{xc, yc, 0}, {xc, yc, 2*f[xc,yc]}}] (with the part of the post
>> below the surface not being seen if you look at the surface from
>> above) . . .
>>
>> I think I've so far tested and confirmed every possible way in which
>> each of these tasks _can't_ be done . . .
>>
>> [And would someone want to help me understand _why_  the
>> Show[ - - - - -] command (followed by a semicolon) no longer works,  
>> or
>> can no longer be used, as one of a sequence of multiple expressions
>> within a longer cell?  And why it can't even have a semicolon  
>> following
>> it as the last line in a cell?  I just can't envision the logic of  
>> why
>> this was a necessary (or optional?) interface design decision --  
>> isn't
>> Show[---] an expression?]
>>
>



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