PointsOn VS SolidPtOn

Here’s something I’ve always wondered after using Rhino for several years. Why are PointsOn and SolidPtOn separate commands? From a programming perspective I can understand why you’d want to keep functions that affect two different data types separate. But intuitively they do the same thing.

For a few months back when I was first learning the program I thought you couldn’t even turn on points for poly-surfaces because of the message you get from trying to run POn on them.

Hello - they do very different things in that the ‘points’ provided are control points - of say the underlying surface - for PointsOn and vertex ‘points’ for solid points. Control points do not show for polysurfaces but solid points do show for single surfaces.

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Either way, editing them makes for very different results.

-Pascal

That makes a lot of sense. I knew intuitively that the types of points being revealed by either command were different, but never really articulated that fact to myself.