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3D Graphics in a Palette or Dialog

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  • Subject: [mg93162] 3D Graphics in a Palette or Dialog
  • From: Januk <ggroup at>
  • Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2008 05:50:18 -0500 (EST)


I am trying to display a 3D graphic in a separate window from my main
notebook.  The idea is that as I'm editing the data driving the
graphic (regardless of where I am in the notebook), I can still see
and manipulate the visualization.

I can make this work with a command like:

  Plot3D[Cos[x] Sin[y], {x, -2 \[Pi], 2 \[Pi]}, {y, -2 \[Pi], 2 \

However, the resulting window usually comes up much too large and in
seemingly random locations on my screen.  A much better solution would
be something like:

  Plot3D[Cos[x] Sin[y], {x, -2 \[Pi], 2 \[Pi]}, {y, -2 \[Pi],
    2 \[Pi]}]

But on my system, the resulting graphic can not be rotated.  I get
similar results if I use CreateDialog instead.

Does anyone have suggestions or workarounds which get me the best of
both worlds?


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