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41 Complete GUI Examples

  • GUI_1() Demonstrate how to delete an entry from a uicontrol string.
  • GUI_10() Demonstrate how to make an image visible or invisible by pushbutton.
  • GUI_11()
  • GUI_12() Demonstrate how to control the mouse pointer from a GUI.
  • GUI_13() Demonstrate how to display & change a slider's position with an edit box.
  • GUI_14() Demonstrate colored text in a listbox, & how extract user's choice.
  • GUI_15() Demonstrate an edit text which has copyable but unchangeable text.
  • GUI_16() Demonstrate display & change a slider's position & limits with edit boxes
  • GUI_17() Demonstrate how to have a running clock in a GUI, and timer use.
  • GUI_18() Demonstrate the use of the buttondownfcn for an axes.
  • GUI_19() Demonstrate how to keep track of the number of times an action is taken
  • GUI_2() Demonstrate how to add a new entry to a uicontrol string.
  • GUI_20() Demonstrate how to get the chosen string from a popup.
  • GUI_21() Demonstrate how to get selection from a popup to an edit box & vis versa.
  • GUI_22() Demonstrate how to get selection from a popup to an edit box & vis versa.
  • GUI_23() Demonstrate finding which figure was current before callback execution.
  • GUI_24() Demonstrate how to get data from one GUI to another (data passing).
  • GUI_25() Demonstrate how to make an image loader.
  • GUI_26() Demonstrate how to make the choices in several popups mutually exclusive.
  • GUI_27() Demonstrate how to display the current location of the mouse in an axes.
  • GUI_28() Demonstrate uicontextmenu for an axes click.
  • GUI_29() Demonstrate the use of a uicontrol to manipulate an axes from a GUI,
  • GUI_3() Demonstrate how to hide a uicontrol from the user.
  • GUI_30() Same as GUI_29, except uses callback strings.
  • GUI_31() Demonstrate multiple uicontrol manipulations based on user choices.
  • GUI_32(str) Demonstrate how to get data from a GUI into the base workspace without
  • GUI_33() Demonstrate how to export data with context menu.
  • GUI_34() Demonstrate how to make a simple printscreen GUI. Note that this does
  • GUI_35() Demonstrate how to use toggle buttons to mimic tabbed panels.
  • GUI_36() Demonstrate how to make a custom dialog box which returns information.
  • GUI_37(str,time_out) Demonstrate how to make a password editbox, and nested function
  • GUI_38() Demonstrate bringing the focus to the figure after callback using JAVA.
  • GUI_39() Demonstrate use of nested functions for callbacks and other functions.
  • GUI_4() Demonstrate how to make a multiline editbox.
  • GUI_40() Demonstrate how to use an image as a background of a GUI.
  • GUI_41() Demonstrate how to save and load the state of a GUI system.
  • GUI_5() Demonstrate how to use a pushbutton to delete bits of string and how to
  • GUI_6() Demonstrate how to update one uicontrol with data from others.
  • GUI_7() Demonstrate how to store choice counters for multiple user choices.
  • GUI_8() Demonstrate how to tell which button in a uibuttongroup is selected.
  • GUI_9() Demonstrate one way to let the user know a process is running.
  • previewGUIs() This is a helper GUI which lets the user quickly view all of the example
  • contents.mSyntax Considerations for reading the M-Code:
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41 Complete GUI Examples


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27 Jul 2009 (Updated )

41 working GUIs to read and learn.

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function [] = GUI_28()
% Demonstrate uicontextmenu for an axes click.
% Clicking on the axes plots a single point.  After plotting as many points
% as desired, the user may click in the axes to access two options
% concerning the plotted points.
% Suggested exercise:  Add another menu to the context menu which
% exports the current plot into another figure then clears the GUI axes for
% more playtime.
% Author:  Matt Fig
% Date:  7/15/2009

S.ln = [];  % This holds the handles to the points.
S.fh = figure('units','pixels',...
              'position',[200 200 500 500],...
              'resize','off'); = axes('xlim',[0 1],'ylim',[0 1]);
title('Click to add points.  Right click for options.','fontw','bold') = uicontextmenu; = uimenu(,...
                 'label','Delete Points',...
                 'Callback', {@um1_call,S}); = uimenu(,...
                 'label','Rand Colors',...
                 'Callback', {@um2_call,S});

function [] = ax_bdfcn(varargin)
% Serves as the buttondownfcn for the axes.
S = varargin{3};  % Get the structure.
seltype = get(S.fh,'selectiontype'); % Right-or-left click?
L = length(S.ln);

if strmatch(seltype,'normal')
    p = get(, 'currentpoint'); % Get the position of the mouse.
    S.ln(L+1) = line(p(1),p(3),'Marker','+');  % Make our plot.
    set(S.ln(L+1),'uicontextmenu',  % So user can click a point too.
% Update structure.

function [] = um1_call(varargin)
% Callback for uimenu to delete the points.
S = varargin{3};  % Get the structure.
delete(S.ln(:));  % Delete all the lines.
S.ln = [];  % And reset the structure.

function [] = um2_call(varargin)
% Callback for uimenu to change the colors of the points.
S = varargin{3};  % Get the structure.
L = length(S.ln);  % The number of points.
set(S.ln(:),{'color'},mat2cell(0+.75*rand(L,3),ones(1,L),3 ))  % Color mat.

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