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12 Mar 2012 (Updated )

Wrapper for pcolor that behaves similarly to imagesc. Squash OS X Preview's "blurry image" bug!

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 sanePColor simple wrapper for pcolor
  Unlike the built-in pcolor command, this function does not "cut off" the
  last row and column of the input matrix. In this way, sanePColor is
  intended to be as easy to use as imagesc, but allows the user to specify
  the x and y coordinates of each cell if desired. This function is also
  useful as an alternative means of generating images to print to PDF that
  are compatible with OS X's "Preview" PDF viewer (imagesc images appear
  "blurred" when printing to a PDF as a vector graphic and viewed using
  NOTE: The imagesc function assumes that each entry in a matrix gets the
  corresponding coordinate in 2-d space. For example, entry (2,3) in the
  matrix is assigned to the coordinate with x = 3, y = 2 when using
  imagesc. The pcolor function assumes that entries correspond to *edges*.
  So entry (2,3) in a matrix corresponds to the value between 2 and 3
  (along the x-axis) and between 1 and 2 (along the y-axis). This is why
  one row and one column are cut off when using pcolor. sanePColor
  behaves like imagesc (i.e. does not cut off data), but uses the "edge
  assignment" data representation required by pcolor. sanePColor uses
  linear or logarithmic interpolation to infer the edges automatically.
  Usage: p = sanePColor([x,y],z,[logx],[logy]);
     x: an array of sorted x values. can also specify a min and max x value.
        these values correspond to columns of z. [IF THIS ARGUMENT IS USED,
     y: an array of sorted y values. can also specify a min and max y value.
        these values correspond to rows of z. [IF THIS ARGUMENT IS USED,
     z: a 2d matrix of values. this matrix determines the color at each
  logx: if this optional argument is set to true, the x-axis will plotted
        in log scale (similar to semilogx).
  logy: if this optional argument is set to true, the y-axis will plotted
        in log scale (similar to semilogy).
     p: a handle to the resulting pcolor image.
    m = membrane;
    p = sanePColor(m);
  SEE ALSO: pcolor, image, imagesc, semilogx, semilogy, loglog, padarray


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11 Aug 2015 Nitin

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05 May 2014 Seb Biass

Hey, really cool code. I am trying to input matrices of X and Y to mimic the example of pseudo-polar coordinates shown as an example of the help of pcolor. Is that possible somehow with your code?

04 Jan 2014 Jonathan C. Lansey

Really nicely done function with a hilarious name to avenge for the frustration of using pcolor.

10 Jun 2013 David Wang

x and y have to be row vectors. To be more flexible, replace in the linexpand function

x = 1:length(y);
p = polyfit(1:length(y),y,1);


x = reshape(1:length(y),[size(y)]);
p = polyfit(x,y,1);

21 Sep 2012 Jeremy Manning

Hi Jette, thanks for your feedback. I have corrected the issue you described (the new version should appear shortly).

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19 Sep 2012 Jette

Jette (view profile)

The handling of the axes is not correct as you can see using the Data Cursor. This also can yield strange ticks.

However, it solves the problem that at least all data of a matrix is shown.

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19 Sep 2012 Jette

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29 Jun 2012 avlas

avlas (view profile)

very nice, I was dealing with this issue in pcolor

thanks a lot

21 Sep 2012 1.1

corrected handling of axes (data cursor now shows correct values). tick marks are now handled through pcolor.

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