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NodeData based classic plugin classes can implement NodeData::CopyTo(). This is usually only needed if internal data is not stored in the element's BaseContainer. If implemented, this function is called when Cinema 4D copies the element. Implementing this function is also needed to correctly support the undo system.

If NodeData::CopyTo() is implemented typically also NodeData::Read() and NodeData::Write() should be implemented.

NodeData::CopyTo() corresponds to C4DAtom::CopyTo().


NodeData::CopyTo() is called when Cinema 4D copies the element. This can happen for various reasons and multiple times.

Bool CopyTo(NodeData* dest, GeListNode* snode, GeListNode* dnode, COPYFLAGS flags, AliasTrans* trn)
ExampleGenerator* const destObject = static_cast<ExampleGenerator*>(dest);
if (destObject == nullptr)
return false;
// copy internal data
if (_branchHead)
GeListHead* destBranchHead = destObject->_branchHead;
_branchHead->CopyTo(destBranchHead, flags, trn);
destObject->_value = this->_value;
return SUPER::CopyTo(dest, snode, dnode, flags, trn);
PyCompilerFlags * flags
Definition: ast.h:14
Definition: c4d_baselist.h:3049
Bool CopyTo(C4DAtom *dst, COPYFLAGS flags, AliasTrans *trn)
Definition: c4d_baselist.h:1472
Definition: c4d_baselist.h:2026
Represents a C4DAtom that resides in a 4D list.
Definition: c4d_baselist.h:1813
Definition: c4d_nodedata.h:39
maxon::Bool Bool
Definition: ge_sys_math.h:55
Definition: ge_prepass.h:2886

The arguments of the function are:

  • The destination plugin object as the base NodeData object.
  • The source node.
  • The destination node.
  • The flags for copy.
  • The AliasTrans object.

The copy-flags are:

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