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Add AutoMerge Editing to the Snapping popover for better discoverability

Authored by Alexander Chaplin Braz (AlexChaplinBraz) on Dec 10 2018, 2:51 PM.


Brecht Van Lommel (brecht)
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The setting seems to be working as intended even in muli-object editing, but is for some reason missing from any menus. Added to the Snapping panel for the Vertex option.

The AutoMerge Editing option is hard to find, especially to those who are not used to the new topbar. I reckon it would help to have it appear in the Snapping popover as a subsection with its Double Threshold, since this option is mostly used with snapping enabled.

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Corrected the path (I think). First time I submit these sorts of things.

Automerge is under Mesh options, both in the tool properties, and the topbar to the right

Brecht Van Lommel (brecht) requested changes to this revision.EditedDec 11 2018, 12:11 PM

It might make sense to move it to the snap menu, there's been a few users who had trouble finding this setting. On the other hand, it's not strictly related to snapping, it also merges without.

CC-ing the rest of the UI team about this, personally I don't mind leaving it where it is.

If we do this, then the setting should show also for snapping modes other than VERTEX, and show the threshold value as well.

This revision now requires changes to proceed.Dec 11 2018, 12:11 PM

Oof... Who the heck put it there? Neither I nor the other people I asked could find it anywhere. I still think my proposal is valid as a way to add an easier place to find it. I really think this option belongs in the Snapping panel because it's mostly used when you turn on vertex snapping. Leave the detailed options in that Mesh Options menu but also have a clearer way to turn it on where people can actually find it.

PS "Double Threshold" in Mesh Options is missing the "D".

Edit: Should have refreshed the page before commenting...

Edit 2: Weird bug. The thing about the "D" missing, for some reason it disappears sometimes depending on the interface scale. So instead of using ellipsis, it just cuts a character from the left.

Try as I might I can't get Double Threshold to show up in the Snapping popover. I don't really understand how the UI works internally.

I think this positioning works well enough (assuming Double Threshold will be right after AutoMerge Editing).

Alexander Chaplin Braz (AlexChaplinBraz) retitled this revision from AutoMerge Editing missing from 2.80 to Add AutoMerge Editing to the Snapping popover for better discoverability.Dec 11 2018, 2:35 PM
Alexander Chaplin Braz (AlexChaplinBraz) edited the summary of this revision. (Show Details)

Hmm, it's a bit of a tricky issue I think. Currently, Auto-Merge also works without Snapping enabled. If you use Vertex Slide to slide one vert to another, it merges, or if you scale several vertices to zero, they also get merged, even if Snapping is off. So I think it would be fairly misleading to put it into the snapping popover. Users would then not expect that it would be enabled if snapping is off.

It's a bit annoying from UI standpoint because Auto-Merge has no obvious home.
Currently it is in the mode options panel, which also includes the X-Mirror option.


  • Accept the inconsistency and put it in the Snapping popover anyway
  • Add back an icon button in the tool properties header for this:

  • leave as-is.

I like the idea, its really annoying to reach the editing options, but what about X-Mirror? those were together for a while, they will miss each other... why not put them on their private popup menu along with all other object editing options?

The issue was mostly resolved in D4895 so this should be closed.