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Plot Attributes

  

Maple plots have several attributes that you can change to customize your plots. Three types of attribute settings can be changed: global, individual, and default.

 

Global Attribute Settings

Individual Attribute Settings

Plot Persistence for 2-D Plots

Global Attribute Settings

  

Global attributes apply to the whole plot object. Setting changes affect all curves and surfaces within the plot object. Global settings for standard plots can be specified in the Maple command that creates the plot, or by using the main menus or context menus once the plot is created. Global settings for smart plots are changed by using main menus or context menus once the plot is created.

  

For information about changing a particular global attribute setting, click one of the following hyperlinks.

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Change Axes Style

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Change Grid Style

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Change Lighting

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Change Projection

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Change the Range of an Axis

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Options Dialog

Individual Attribute Settings

  

Individual attribute settings affect one curve or surface. Changing one of these settings customizes the curve or surface and makes it more easily identifiable. The plot itself also has values for these attributes, which are used when the individual curve doesn't have the attribute set.  If a curve has an attribute set, this set is used: if not, the curve uses the plot's attribute. When you set an attribute from the plot menu or the context menu it applies to the individual curve selected, if there is one.  If none is selected, it applies to the plot, setting it's attribute.  However setting the plot's attribute does not change the color of a curve if the curve has an individual attribute set.  You may need to select the curve and change its attribute specifically.

  

For information about changing an individual curve or surface attribute setting, click one of the following hyperlinks.

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Change Curve Style

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Change Line Style

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Change Line Width

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Change Shading

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Change Color

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Change Surface Style

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Change Symbol Size

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Change Symbols

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Display or Remove a Legend

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Scaling Constrained

Plot Persistence for 2-D Plots

  

The appearance of a plot can be changed interactively by using the plot menu, the plot and drawing toolbars, and the plot context menu. Many of these attributes are then remembered when you execute the plot command again.

  

This persistence does not apply to all plot options that are changed interactively.  In particular, when multiple curves are displayed together, only global attributes are remembered upon re-execution.

  

Attributes that are specified in the command line will override any changes made interactively.  Note that some plot commands have default attributes that will also override changes made interactively.  See the help page for a specific command for information on its default attributes.

  

Note: To forget all interactively-defined attributes of a plot, delete the output from the worksheet and then re-execute the plot command; all attributes are set to their defaults.

  

 

  

The following is a list of plot attributes that are remembered when they are applied globally or when there is only one curve displayed.

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Animation options set in the animation toolbar

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Axes styles, including tickmarks and color, but not an added dual axis, axis labels, gridlines, or view changes

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Color

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Constrained scaling

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Curve style

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Drawing on plots

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Legend and its position, but not changes to text or font

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Line style and width

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Size of plot output in a worksheet, but not pan or scale manipulations

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Symbol size and style

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Textplot attributes set by using the context menus, but not changes to font

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Title and caption, and their fonts

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Transparency

  

 

  

Further notes:

  

Plot attributes changed interactively may not be remembered upon saving and reopening the file.

  

Curves that are dragged and dropped onto an existing plot are not redrawn on re-execution.

  

You can always explicitly set plot options within the plot command, or through the Plot Builder.

  

 

  

To disable plot persistence:

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From the Tools menu, select Options and go to the Interface tab.

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Clear the Remember plot attributes when re-executing check box.

  

See Options>Interface for details.

See Also

2-D Plot Toolbar

3-D Plot Toolbar

Drawing Toolbar

plot

Plot Builder

Plot Context Menu

Plot Menu

Plot Types

plot3d

plot3d[option]

plot[options]

plot[options]

 


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