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Re: Problem displaying user-created .cdf files

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  • From: GARY PALMER <gpalmerlv at>
  • Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2011 04:28:11 -0500 (EST)
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Thanks for the additional explanation.

I doubt there was anything in my program that reset Enabled. I very
possibly set it to False by accident while resetting Deployed. I'm getting
a better understanding of the Option Inspector now, so perhaps I can avoid
creating unnecessary problems.

Everything is working well now in the notebook. It is in the web page that
I am still having difficulties. My CDF file appears to load and shows the
large star icon, but then comes up gray with the little star icon in the
lower right corner. While it is loading a dialog flashes twice, but too
quickly for me to read.


On Sun, Nov 20, 2011 at 5:00 PM, John Fultz <jfultz at> wrote:

> The Deployed option, as you may have surmised, had absolutely nothing to
> do with
> whether or not your sliders work.  And, in fact, Deployed has no impact on
> slider functionality at all.
> But sliders can be disabled by setting Enabled->False.  This is a useful
> feature, as it allows a continuous display of controls, but temporarily
> disabling them in cases where the controls are irrelevant.  This is quite
> common
> in user interfaces generally, and there's nothing strange about how
> Mathematica
> does it.
> What is strange is why you should have had to set Enabled->True
> explicitly.  To
> understand that, I'd have to see the code.  Enabled is set to True by
> default,
> and unless you've somehow changed the default settings, it should not be
> necessary to explicitly set it to True.
> In general, the Deployed option makes an output act more like an interface
> and
> less like a raw bit of output.  This means, for example,
> * Random bits of static text are not selectable or editable.  In most
> interfaces
> (imagine a dialog box in any program you used), you can't go about
> selecting
> bits of text and rewriting them unless that text is inside of a control
> like an
> input field.
> * Graphics are not editable.  You can't double-click to get inside them.
>  You
> can't select them and resize them.  You can't take take 3D graphics and
> spin
> them around.  The graphics, like the text, are part of the background.
> * All controls remain active.  There are, in fact, other options you could
> have
> used to achieve the above effects, but those other options would have
> messed
> with the controls, as well.  By using Deployed->True (or the Deploy[]
> function,
> which basically sets Deployed->True), you get controls that work as they
> should
> while everything else remains a fully inert part of the background.
> Sincerely,
> John Fultz
> jfultz at
> User Interface Group
> Wolfram Research, Inc.
> On Sun, 20 Nov 2011 05:34:52 -0500 (EST), Gary wrote:
> > Progress
> > I previously reported that the slider controls in my Manipulate[]
> > graphic were gray and inactive. Setting "Format --> Option Inspector --
> >> Cell Options --> General Properties --> Deployed --> True" did not
> > help (yes, the file was selected). But next to Deployed, I noticed
> > Enabled, so I set Deployed --> False and set Enabled --> True. That
> > turned on the blue slider buttons again. I rechecked by setting
> > Enabled --> False and resetting Deployed --> True. That produced
> > inactive slider buttons. Furthermore, in the main Cell menu, the
> > Delete All Output choice was now grayed out. I again set Deployed -->
> > False and set Enabled --> True and got the active controls back as
> > well as an active Delete All Output. So I did the obvious, setting
> > both Deployed and Enabled to True. The controls are active and Delete
> > All Output is active. The instructions I have found all said to set
> > Deployed --> True, but I con't recall any mention of Enabled. It is
> > not clear to me what Deployed --> True does in this situation. Enabled
> > --> True seems to be both necessary and sufficient, at least within
> > the notebook. Does Deployed affect only the cdf files?
> >
> > I am puzzled that my many searches for online documentation on this
> > point produced only snippets of information on Deployed (generally
> > with incomplete information on where to find it) and no information at
> > all on Cell Options --> General Properties --> Enabled (True/False).
> > For example, I don't find it here <
> > mathematica/ref/Manipulate.html>. I feel a need for a few collected
> > pages of expanded discussion of when and where the various options
> > available under the Options Inspector are or are not needed. There is
> > a great need for a document on trouble shooting. The technical
> > descriptions are not always obvious to a beginner. I am picking up a
> > few things, but at a cost which seems unnecessarily high. Some of the
> > needed discussion might be scattered among the many books on
> > Mathematica, or many of the answers might be concentrated in one or
> > two books, but which ones?
> >
> > Mathematica Home Edition 8, iMac, OS X 10.6.8, Chrome, Firefox

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