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A static color (i.e. a color that will not change during the execution of the simulation) for a given view element property is specified in Ejs using either one of the predefined Ejs colors:


or providing its integer RGB coordinates (between 0 and 255), plus an optional transparency coordinate, as in 0,253,12,255. Just type the desired value in the corresponding view element property. A specialized color chooser can also help you choose a given static color.

To specify a color that changes in run-time, you'll need to declare a variable of type Object, associate it to the corresponding element property, and then change the variable according to your program's logic.

For instance, if you declare a variable in Ejs called myColor, of type Object, the lines:

  myColor = java.awt.Color.RED;
  myColor = new java.awt.Color(255,0,0);

can both be used in the Java code of your program to create a solid red color in run-time. The associated view element property will change accodingly.

If you need semi-transparent colors, use something like:

  myColor = new java.awt.Color(255,0,0,127);

The last parameter is the level of transparency desired. 255 makes a full solid color. Semi-transparent colors may slow down a little bit your program.

Finally, some elements (specially the drawables) accept an integer (int) as color. This integer is passed to the org.opensourcephysics.display.DisplayColors.getLineColor(int) method to produce a nice scale of colors for subsequent integers. This is the procedure used by the getLineMethod(): float h=((float)(index*Math.PI/12))%1; // each increment moves slightly more than 1/4 turn around color wheel
float s=1.0f; // maximum saturation for vibrant colors
float b=0.5f; // lines are often thin and should be darker for visibility on light backgrounds
return java.awt.Color.getHSBColor( h, s, b);

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