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quiver arrows always appear below semitransparent layer

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I am attempting to plot quiver arrows on top of a semitransparent pcolor layer. However, the arrows only appear below the semitransparent layer. It does not seem to depend on the order in which I plot the layers, and uistack has no effect. How can I get the arrows to appear on top?
imagesc(A); hold on
% Overlay semitransparent ice speed:
h = pcolor(x,y,speed)
shading interp
% overlay velocity vectors:
hq = quiver(x,y,vx,vy,'k');


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Joseph Cheng
Joseph Cheng on 16 Sep 2014
odd... still can't reproduce it and i jumped all way back to 2011a. I am using windows so maybe that's it? The only thing i can think next is changing the children order as changing the renderer to either zbuffer wouldn't let you have transparency?
get(gca,'Children') and set(gca,'Children',%reordered%)
Chad Greene
Chad Greene on 16 Sep 2014
Strange. Reordering children doesn't work either. Perhaps it's a Mac/OpenGL issue, and indeed, I need OpenGL for the transparency. Thanks for trying, Joseph.

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Sean de Wolski
Sean de Wolski on 16 Sep 2014
Probably an OpenGL issue but one thing you can do is use quiver3 with z set to some positive amount greater than the max of surface. Set v component to zero as well.

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Chad Greene
Chad Greene on 16 Sep 2014
Good thinking, Sean. This workaround is not perfect, but it definitely gets the job done.
That's set the w component that needs to be set to zero.
In Joseph's example, his quiver line can be replaced with

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