Extracting Curve Edit Points

This brief guide demonstrates how to extract a curve's edit points using C/C++.


You would like to extract a curve’s edit points - the points you see when you run the EditPtOn command, but you do not see any methods on ON_Curve or ON_NurbsCurve to do this.


Unlike control points, edit points are not part of a NURBS curve’s data structure. Rather, they are calculated when needed.

The following code demonstrates to get obtain the edit points for a NURBS curve and then create point objects at those locations.

CRhinoCommand::result CCommandTest::RunCommand( const CRhinoCommandContext& context )
  CRhinoGetObject go;
  go.SetCommandPrompt( L"Select curve" );
  go.SetGeometryFilter( CRhinoGetObject::curve_object );
  go.GetObjects( 1, 1 );
  if( go.CommandResult() != success )
    return go.CommandResult();

  const ON_Curve* crv = go.Object(0).Curve();
  if( 0 == crv )
    return failure;

  ON_NurbsCurve nc;
  if( crv->GetNurbForm(nc) )
    // For every control point, we can calculate
    // a cooresponding edit point.
    ON_SimpleArray<double> t( nc.CVCount() );
    t.SetCount( nc.CVCount() );

    if( nc.GetGrevilleAbcissae(t.Array()) )
      int i;
      for( i = 0; i < t.Count(); i++ )
        context.m_doc.AddPointObject( nc.PointAt(t[i]) );

  return success;