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Re: Making a palette to control dynamic variables?

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John Fultz
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User Interface Group
Wolfram Research, Inc.

On Jan 11, 2013, at 9:25 PM, Brentt <brenttnewman at> wrote:

> Hello,
> I'm trying to make a control interface for a graphic be in a separate
> window. I want those variables to dynamically interact with variables in
> the original session.
> I thought maybe opening up the palette within a dynamic module might work,
> but no such luck. Something is going on with the way variables are dealt
> with across notebooks I suppose, and I've been trying to find a workaround.
> I was thinking perhaps using NotebookGet and NotebookWrite, but, as far as
> I can tell,   I then have to print those in a cell in the Notebook to fetch
> the variables, which seems undesirable performance wise (also perhaps using
> CellPrint prints the dynamic variable in the parent notebook, but I'm not
> sure how to turn that into a variable which I can use.)
> Is there a way to do this nicely?
> This was my attempt at creating a graphic with a locator in a palette with
> the values to be used in furthur computations in the "parent" notebook.
> DynamicModule[{x = {0, 0}},
> nb = DocumentNotebook[{
>    Graphics[{Locator[Dynamic[x]]}, PlotRange -> ( {
>        {-1, 1},
>        {-1, 1}
>       } ), Frame -> True]
>    }];
> CreatePalette[nb];
> Dynamic@x
> ]
> But that x doesn't get the dynamically updated locator values from the
> palette.

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