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Joining areas through the context menu do not work every time.
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Description

System Information
Operating system:
Kubuntu 18.04 LTS, x64
Graphics card:
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080

Blender Version
Broken:
2.80, 26d6a3625ed, blender2.8, 2018-11-29

Short description of error
Joining areas through the context menu do not work every time.
https://youtu.be/l8A_DotTW4g

P. S.
Working with areas is generally not predictable and very annoying.

Details

Type
Bug

Event Timeline

Using the menu is not for corners, but for vertical or horizontal edges. And you don't have to make a gesture with the mouse, the arrow will appear. Joining is also limited to same size adjacent areas

Philipp Oeser (lichtwerk) closed this task as Archived.
Philipp Oeser (lichtwerk) claimed this task.

I think @Wo!262 (wo262) said it all.
Use it on area edges and make sure both areas you are trying to join are actually same size (you just cannot join one of the three areas at the bottom to the [horizontally ] bigger one at the top)

Dont see a bug here, closing... (feel free to comment again if issues persist)

@Brecht Van Lommel (brecht) @William Reynish (billreynish) Perhaps a way to prevent this in the future would be for right-click in corners/action zone not to spawn the Area Join/Split menu? It's not the user's fault if it's allowed to click there. About the Join operator, it could display a more helpful overlay message when the mouse is over areas that can't be joined (or even better, simply darken the non-available editors like in the image below). What do you think?

I'm not sure I get it - you can currently right click in the corners to join or split. Blender has always worked this way where you can only join areas if the line up perfectly.

One could imagine a different system altogether, without joining and splitting, where you could dock Editors, pull them out and snap them into place. Something like what Unity does. This kind of thing has some advantages in that that you can tab editors together, and it's just easier to grasp compared to splitting and joining - but it's also a lot of work probably.

Re. the join: yes it could at least be more communicative somehow.

@Philipp Oeser (lichtwerk) In this case, this menu simply should not appear. This is a mistake of usability. I think so.