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Types of Plots


Maple can create two types of plots:  standard plots and smart plots.


Features of all plots include:


Drag an expression onto an existing plot object.


Delete an individual curve or surface from a plot.


Customize attributes by using context menus and toolbars.

Standard Plots


Plots created by entering Maple commands are referred to as standard plots.


Create detailed, complex, or specialized graphic representations of data or mathematical expressions by using standard plots. Customize the plot as needed.


Several types of plots are available by using the plots package that are not available with smart plots, such as animations, contour plots, and polar plots.


One feature that behaves differently for standard versus smart plots is the panning and scaling of a plot.  Standard plots are not resampled when the ranges are modified.

How to create a standard plot


Use the plot command, the plot3d command, or another Maple command to create a plot. The Plotting Guide gives visual examples of types of plots, with links to the commands used to create them.


The interactive Plot Builder can be used to create a plot.  It can return the plot command or the plot itself.


Use plot[options] (or plot3d[options]) to control the attributes of the plot.


Click one of the following hyperlinks for more specific information about creating and customizing standard plots.










plots package


Plot Builder

Smart Plots


Smart plots are "live" plots that are created interactively, without having to remember or use Maple command syntax.


Smart plots can be easily created and modified interactively by using menus or context menus. Two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and implicit plots are available as smart plots.


Unlike with standard plots, you can change the viewing range of a plot by panning or scaling, and the points that are plotted for the curve or surface are recalculated for the new view.

How to create a smart plot


Create a blank plot region.  Then, drag and drop a Maple input or output expression onto the blank plot region.


Alternatively, right-click (Control-click for Macintosh) on a Maple input/output, and from the context menu, select Plots, and then 2-D plot or 3-D plot.


You can drag and drop another curve onto an existing plot region of either type, smart or standard. This new curve will have the properties of a smart plot.


Click one of the following hyperlinks for more specific information about smart plots.


Create a Blank 2-D Plot Region


Create a Blank 3-D Plot Region


Create a Plot with the Context Menu


Drag and Drop a Curve or Surface


Pan and Scale

Plot Components


You can display interactive plots in Maple documents by using plot components.  This component defines a plot region that can perform a specified action when the plot is clicked or dragged, and it can be linked to other components, such as check boxes and math containers.


Plot components are useful for displaying plots without any visible Maple commands, since the commands can be hidden within the component and only the output displayed.


For more information on plot and other components, see EmbeddedComponents.

See Also

Modify the Appearance of Three-dimensional Plots, Modify the Appearance of Two-dimensional Plots, PlotComponent, Plotting Guide

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