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Doug Hull (view profile)


27 Dec 2002 (Updated )

Movable, stretchable zoom box in parent axes controls axes limits in all children axes.

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Move this box around to zoom in on or pan across another axes. Similar in functionality to SPTOOL zoom and pan.
Ideal for signal processing, large data sets, and time series data.


Moveplot.M and Mastering Mechanics 1: Using Matlab 5 inspired this file.

This file inspired On Figure Magnifier.

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23 Apr 2013 Shahab

Shahab (view profile)

don't work with MATLAB 2012b!!

08 May 2012 Vida

Vida (view profile)

I am trying to use the zoombox, but the box does not show any data.

This is my code-- The way I am trying to call the zoombox

y = 1.5*cos(x) + 6*exp(-.1*x) + exp(.07*x).*sin(3*x);
hChildAxes = subplot(2,1,1); %child
plot([2 3 4],0)
hParentAxes = subplot(2,1,2); %parent
ym = mean(y);
hold on
plot(hParentAxes,[min(x) max(x)],[ym ym],'Color','red')
hold off

ylab = get(hParentAxes,'YTick')
set(hParentAxes,'YTick',sort([ylab ym]))
zoomBox(hParentAxes, hChildAxes,0)

Please help!!

If you have a code that uses this and works could you share it with me please?

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08 Dec 2011 Doug Eastman

MATLAB's new case sensitivity is leading to that error. You need to rename all instances of isAppData to isappdata and it works again.

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05 Jan 2011 Jacques Larue

Hi I tried the exemple but got errors :

??? Undefined function or method 'isAppData' for input arguments of type 'double'.

Error in ==> zoomBox>isChildAxes at 170
flag = isAppData(hAxes, 'hZBparentAxes');

Error in ==> zoomBox>isZoomBoxAxes at 178
flag = isChildAxes(hAxes) | isParentAxes(hAxes);

Error in ==> zoomBox>destroyExistingZoomBoxes at 208
if isZoomBoxAxes(hAxesList(i))

Error in ==> zoomBox at 110
destroyExistingZoomBoxes([hParentAxes; hChildAxes(:)]);


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25 Dec 2009 Evgeny Pr

Evgeny Pr (view profile)

Great idea! Useful tool.

09 Jan 2009 MM Marinelli

Very useful!!!

Just one thing: If you use MatLab under UNIX, it is necessary to modify the "isAppData" function called by ZoomBox.m in "isappdata" (i.e: eliminate capitals from the name of the function).

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01 Jul 2004 Ugo Di Girolamo

03 Mar 2004 Torsten Frank

Great! Absolutely flawless usability.

Added some lines, so that it displays and updates dateticks on the axes. For my case hours in the top subplot and days in the parentaxes (first vector has to be serial dates of course):

after row 28 of refreshAxesandZoomBoxfromAppData.m


and the same after the plot commands in the example.m script with the appropriate date format strings for child and parent axes.

06 Jan 2003

Modified to support
multiple figures,
large data sets,
cursors that change with shape to show function,
cleaned up the code in general,
return hold to original state,
removed dependency on MOVEPLOT by Brandon K,
added some HTML doc.

23 Dec 2009 1.1

generating license

30 Dec 2009 1.2


03 Nov 2014 1.4

MATLAB is case sensitive for function calls. Updated.

01 Sep 2016

Updated license

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