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Interactive 3D Plot Explorer with Matlab

version (61.6 KB) by Hristo Zhivomirov
Interactive exploration of a 3D plot: rotate, zoom, pan, put data tip.


Updated 20 Dec 2019

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The present code is a Matlab function that allows the user to enable interactive exploration on a 3D plot. The function allows to rotate, zoom and pan the 3D plot using the mouse and the keyboard arrows, and also to mark data points of interest using the Data Cursor instrument. The user can exit the exploration mode by pressing of the “Home” keyboard button.

Instructions for use:
- Click and hold the left mouse button while dragging over the axes to rotate the figure;
- Double-click the left mouse button to put a data tip (data cursor) on the 3D plot;
- Click the right mouse button to manage the data tip (e.g., to delete the current or all data tips);
- Turn the mouse scroll wheel to increase or decrease the magnification factor (i.e., to zoom in or out);
- Use the keyboard arrows to pan the 3D figure;
- Press the “Home” keyboard button to exit the 3D explorer and to restore the figure to its original view.

An example is given in order to clarify the usage of the function. For convenience, the input and output arguments are given in the beginning of the function.

Cite As

Hristo Zhivomirov (2020). Interactive 3D Plot Explorer with Matlab (, MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

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MATLAB Release Compatibility
Created with R2014b
Compatible with any release
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