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UIGETVARIABLES: Dialog to pass variables from workspace into GUI


Michelle Hirsch


29 Aug 2012 (Updated )

UIGETVARIABLES creates a dialog box for selecting variables from the base workspace

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It is common to write GUI-driven applications which require end users to pass in some variables from the workspace when calling the function to launch the GUI, e.g. myPlottingGUI(X,Y)
UIGETVARIABLES allows your users to interactively select workspace variables from a dialog instead of having to type variable names when launching your app. You can restrict which types of variables are allowed for each input, making it easier for users to successfully pass the right data into your app.

Give it a try and let me know what you think!


This file inspired Lens Distortion Explorer, Volumetric Data Explorer, and Simple Viewer 3 D.

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11 Aug 2014 Anand


Cool and useful!! Thanks for sharing.

03 Mar 2014 Lionel Smith

Lionel Smith

Exactly Michelle,
I would also propose to pick a column or a line from an array.
To be honest it's a bit painful to spilt a workspace into several arrays to make the GUI usable.
Looking forward to have it working !


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28 Feb 2014 Michelle Hirsch

Michelle Hirsch

Great suggestion, Michael. There's no easy way to do it right now. Ideally, I guess the interface would treat structs (and tables) like workspaces, and allow you to drill into them to pick individual variables.

Anybody out there want to take a stab at adding this enhancement?

- Michelle

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27 Feb 2014 Lionel Smith

Lionel Smith


I was wondering if it could be possible to have access to a specfic field into a struct variable of the workspace.

Nice job by the way.


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03 Aug 2013 Gijs van Oort

Gijs van Oort

19 Apr 2013 Adam Filion

Adam Filion

Hi Scott,

As an enhancement request, it'd be nice if this could also return the names of the variables selected from the workspace, for use in things like labeling axes.

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17 Apr 2013 Steph T

Steph T

Simple, effective, and does the job very nicely! Exactly what I was looking for. thanks!

15 Nov 2012 Szilárd Németh

Szilárd Németh

I was about to create an app and was exactly looking for something like this. Great one, thanks Scott!

17 Sep 2012 Adam Filion

Adam Filion

Very useful! Thanks!

29 Aug 2012

Bug fix.

01 May 2013

New feature: Second output argument to return names of selected variables. As Adam suggests, this can be useful for doing things like labeling axes with names meaningful to your end user.

15 Jan 2015

Moved code to GitHub

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