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Re: Display question

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  • Subject: [mg110585] Re: Display question
  • From: "David Park" <djmpark at>
  • Date: Sat, 26 Jun 2010 03:12:45 -0400 (EDT)

1) To fix the plot domain once and for all, just use an explicit PlotRange
option. This is an important step in animation or in dynamic plots that
switch elements on and off. A dynamic display always requires a fixed

2) Circle3D and Disk3D are available in the Presentations package. You could
always program them up yourself and put them somewhere where you could
easily get them.

3) You can use the option PlotRegion to control the amount of space around a
plot. You can make the PlotRegion not only less than 0..1, 0..1, but also
greater and that zooms in. You can also zoom in using Shift and the mouse.

4) Unevaluable code is usually too iffy for most responders to look at.

David Park
djmpark at  

From: S. B. Gray [mailto:stevebg at ROADRUNNER.COM] 

I have a Graphics3D with various separate elements. Some elements can be 
made to appear or not. If I omit elements that range beyond the others, 
the display rescales so that the remaining ones fill the allotted 
display size. I would like all displays to appear at the same scale and 
in the same position in the display area, regardless of what elements 
are enabled. There must be a way to do this, but how ????

(Note: I'm using cylinders with very short lengths for the primitive, 
because 3D circles are not available.)

Second question: my displays have lots of white space around them. I 
thought that setting ImageMargins->0 would eliminate them, but no. ??

Here is the display code (may be obscure without supporting code).
sel={0} says display everything, else only a few cylinders.

show[sel_] := Module[{tcyl, txtb},
   If [ sel == {0},
            tcyl = Table[Cylinder[{plancirc[[i, 2, 1]],plancirc[[i, 2, 
1]] + 0.01*plancirc[[i, 2, 3]]},plancirc[[i, 2, 2]]],  {i , 1, sub3L}];

    txtb = Table[ Style[Text[IntegerString[ix, 10], centers[[ix]]],
       			FontSize -> 15, Bold, FontFamily -> "Arial"],  {ix,
            tcyl = Table[Cylinder[{plancirc[[sel[[i]], 2, 
1]],plancirc[[sel[[i]], 2, 1]] + 0.01*plancirc[[sel[[i]], 2, 
3]]},plancirc[[sel[[i]], 2, 2]]],  {i , 1, Length[sel]}];

    txtb = Table[ Style[Text[IntegerString[sel[[i]], 10], 
centers[[sel[[i]]]]],FontSize -> 15, Bold, FontFamily -> "Arial"],  {i,
       Length[sel]}]     ];
   Graphics3D[{Yellow, Opacity[.6], EdgeForm[Black], tcyl,
      Blue, Opacity[.8], Sphere[points, .40],White, Opacity[.6],
     Table[Style[Text[xr, points[[xr]]], FontSize -> 24,
       FontFamily -> "Arial"],{xr, 1, numbr}],
         PointSize[.011], Black, txtb},
       Boxed -> False, ImageSize -> 800, Background -> LightBlue,
      ImageMargins -> 0, ViewPoint -> {10, 10, 10}]

Steve Gray

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