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dpb
dpb on 19 Oct 2014
Commented: dpb on 20 Oct 2014
Have a script generating several figures -- may be 10 or more eventually.
Need to use these in a Word document for distribution so thought the notebook thingie would be pretty simple--just execute the script and voila! the figures should show up (or so I thought, anyways).
Instead the script runs, I see the figures flash by, but all that's left in the document is the last one; none of the rest are to be found anywhere.
Is this expected; if not how to cure the symptom in R2012b or if is a limitation, is there some other quick 'n dirty way to accomplish the job?

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Bruno Pop-Stefanov
Bruno Pop-Stefanov on 20 Oct 2014
Edited: Bruno Pop-Stefanov on 20 Oct 2014
I tried on my end and it looks like you can only show one figure per cell. Instead of defining 1 cell containing all of your code, define multiple cells: one cell per figure.
This doesn't work:
[for i=1:5
figure(i)
plot(rand(10))
title(['Figure ' num2str(i)])
pause(1)
end]
(only figure 5 is displayed)
All five figures pop up, but only the last one remains open and is displayed in the MATLAB Notebook.
But this could be a workaround:
[figure(1)
plot(rand(10))
title('Figure 1')]
(figure 1 is displayed)
[figure(2)
plot(rand(10))
title('Figure 2')]
(figure 2 is displayed)
...and so on.
You could also take a look at the publish function, which lets you create HTML, PDF, XML, Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, and LaTeX documents from MATLAB code:
In my opinion, this is more practical than using a MATLAB Notebook.

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dpb
dpb on 20 Oct 2014
Yeah, probably so but that also seems to take more work on the coding side than what was hoping for.
Thanks for confirming behavior...
I just reverted to writing the text in a Word document and inserting the figures manually with a link to the files so that they do get updated if make a change in the generating code. That'll have to do for now, but thanks -- went ahead and accepted as you did answer the actual question that the notebook doesn't behave as I'd've liked it to in this instance of expanding the output cell automagically.

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