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Graphics Interactivity & Drawing

Mathematica's unified symbolic graphics architecture makes possible powerful mixing of programmatic graphics generation with interactive editing and control. The Mathematica Drawing Tools palette makes it straightforward to modify existing plots or illustrations—or to create free-form ones from scratch.


Direct Interactive Drawing & Editing

Ctrl+1 create a new empty graphic

Ctrl+"D" bring up the Drawing Tools palette

Multiclick select subparts of groups and insets

Shift+Drag resize changing aspect ratio

Programmatic Interactive Graphics »

Manipulate create a complete framework for interactive graphics

Locator interactively movable control point

LocatorPane ▪ ClickPane ▪ EventHandler ▪ ...

Interactive 3D Control »

Drag rotate a 3D graphic

Shift+Drag zoom

Imported Graphics

Cell ► Convert To ► StandardForm make a copied graphic evaluatable