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Zoltán Csáti
Zoltán Csáti on 30 Oct 2017
Edited: uno on 13 Sep 2021
I have an axes object which contains several child objects (lines, patches, etc.). I have a function which sets the callback function for these objects. What I want is that whenever the user adds another object to the axes, an event is activated and sets the callback for the newly added object. My idea was to look when the number of the children of axes grow as it indicates a new object. Unfortunately, axes.Children is not a SetObservable property, so listeners cannot be attached to the axes object. Any ideas how to solve this problem?

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Roman Müller-Hainbach
Roman Müller-Hainbach on 2 Nov 2017
Maybe the 'LegendableObjectsUpdated' event could be used for your purposes. I retrieved this from
Jan Kappen
Jan Kappen on 13 May 2020
This does not work anymore, since most of the events are hidden.
m = ?;
e = m.EventList
Try it out, there are tons of events.
Zoltán Csáti
Zoltán Csáti on 13 May 2020
Thank you. I will try it out once I have access to MATLAB. On this computer, I don't have a license, and on the other computer, I have R2015b. The poor backward compatibility in MATLAB is a pity...

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uno on 13 Sep 2021
Edited: uno on 13 Sep 2021
You can use a wrapper to change an observable property every time you plot
function main()
ax = axes;
propListener = addlistener(ax, 'UserData', 'PostSet', @(src,evnt)mycallback(evnt.AffectedObject)); % Attach the callback to the UserData property
myplot(ax,1,1) % Wrapper of plot(), 1st argument must be the target
function mycallback(ax)
% Do something with ax.Children
function myplot(varargin) % Wrapper function
varargin{1}.UserData = 1; % Overwrite UserData to trigger the listener event
Or just ditch the callbacks entirely and save yourself a lot of troubles..
function myplot(varargin)
h = plot(varargin{:});
% Do something with the new objects


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