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Regression: Vertex Connect now fails to connect multiple verts in an N-gon
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System Information
Windows 7 & OS X 10.10.3

Blender Version
Broken: (Blender 2.74)
Worked: (Blender 2.72)

Short description of error
The Vertex Connect tool (Jkey) fails to connect multiple verts in an N-gon. This is a regression compared to older versions, such as Blender 2.72.

Example:

Lets see you have an N-Gon and you want to connect some of the vertices with Vertex Connect. You select some verts:

Press the J key, and you get this error:

In Blender 2.72 this worked perfectly, as you can see here:

Exact steps for others to reproduce the error
Open this Blend:

press J to connect the verts in the N-gon and watch it fail.

Event Timeline

William Reynish (billrey) raised the priority of this task from to Needs Triage by Developer.

Note, the vertex connect tool was split into 2 operators.

In the example you've pointed out, we can supported it with the JKey still, so committed support for it.

Nice! I understand the rationale between the two operators. However, I was not aware that Vertex Connect had been switched out with Vertex Path Connect using the same J key. Maybe it'd be best to keep regular Vertex Connect on the J key and the Vertex Path Connect on, say, ctrl-J or shift-J?

It might prove to be confusing for others who relied on the useful vertex connect functionality of old, and I'd suspect that Vertex Connect is more generally useful than the Vertex Path Connect operator (whose functionality somewhat duplicated in the Knife tool anyway)

This has been in a few releases now, and modeling team were fine with the change (that or apathetic).

I have the impression most users use this to cut faces up and only rarely setup a series of selected vertices.
So in many cases there is no difference.

Since connecting verts (both across faces and wire verts) is common functionality, having the old behavior in a menu is reasonable IMHO.


Links:

https://developer.blender.org/D764
http://lists.blender.org/pipermail/bf-modeling/2015-February/000162.html
http://blenderartists.org/forum/showthread.php?347302-Any-chance-of-vertex-connect-to-respect-selection-order&p=2714511&viewfull=1#post2714511