I work with scientific pointclouds and I often have extra columns of data in my .ply files. For example, I might have a column for "temperature" where there is a temperature value for each point or mesh triangle. In a 3D package called CloudCompare, it's easy to hide parts of a pointcloud or mesh based on the value of one of these "scalar fields."
Is there a similar feature in Blender? If I have a .ply with extra columns, is there any way for me to, say, color the mesh by the value of that column, or use that column as the input to a python script?