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What is the best way to transfer ALL the figure data to GUIDE (GUI) axes?

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Hello,
I have the attached figure. It has:
  • xlabel & ylabel
  • xAxis & yAxis
  • title
  • grid
  • colorbar
  • surf (x,y,z) plot
I have handle to this figure in my code.
How can I insert ALL_OF_IT into my GUIDE (GUI) axes object?
I've tried to use copyobj, BUT:
  1. it copies only the surf map itself (with some wired change of colormap... but I suppose I can live with that).
  2. I don't know how to copy also all the other stuff (xlabel , title , color bar , etc...)
I've tried to save my figure as an image file (tiffn), and then load it (imread) onto the axes. It works basically, but it makes it in a very poor/small resolution.
Also, I want to be able to shift it back from my GUI axes to an external figure. So having it stored as an image on my axes is far from optimal (I'd like to be able to zoom, go over data points, etc...)
Any Ideas?
THANKS !!!

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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 11 Mar 2021
fig1 = figure();
ax1 = axes(fig1);
[X, Y] = meshgrid(linspace(-5,5,50));
Z = tan(X).*cos(Y);
surf(ax1, X, Y, Z, 'edgecolor', 'none');
xlabel(ax1, 'x');
ylabel(ax1, 'y');
colorbar(ax1);
grid(ax1, 'on');
title(ax1, 'This is the original');
fig2 = figure();
copyobj(fig1.Children, fig2)
ax2 = gca(fig2);
title(ax2, 'This is the copy')
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Mark Golberg
Mark Golberg on 12 Mar 2021
thanks, I've got exactly the result I wanted with the following code:
heatMapFigHandle = plotWM(heatMap_inputMat , '3 Sigma per site'); % my figure handle
heatMap_ax = gca(heatMapFigHandle);
cla(handles.twoD_axes , 'reset')
colormap(handles.twoD_axes , 'jet')
copyobj(heatMap_ax.Children, handles.twoD_axes);
colorbar(handles.twoD_axes)
Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 12 Mar 2021
When you do that, the properties of the axes such as the labels and limits and axis direction and view do not copy over; also any special colormap customization will not get copied.

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