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Names of linked actions hidden by source blend name
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System Information
Operating system: Linux-5.4.44-1-MANJARO-x86_64-with-glibc2.29 64 Bits
Graphics card: AMD VERDE (DRM 2.50.0, 5.4.44-1-MANJARO, LLVM 10.0.0) X.Org 4.5 (Core Profile) Mesa 20.0.7

Blender Version
Broken: version: 2.91.0 Alpha, branch: master, commit date: 2020-08-04 08:09, hash: rBf5eae9027776
Worked: 2.83.0

Short description of error


Action editor usability regression: up to 2.83, the names of linked actions were visible even if the name of the blend was longer. Now if the blend filename is longer than approx. 28 characters, the rightadjusted source blend name is completely extending to the left, hiding the action name and selecting the correct action becomes guesswork.
2.91 is definitely an improvement in readability over the cluttered 2.83 but only for short filenames/action names.

Imagine filenames like
"CustomerProject_Scene01_finalfinal.blend"
and action names like
"Character05_walking_happy"

in these cases, the important distinguishing information is mostly on the right side, so in my case, the current scheme is hiding the most important information.
If I may make a suggestion, I'd much prefer truncating the beginning of the actionname/filename. Currently, the filenames are overlapping the action names, so perhaps that could just be switched? Also, omitting the .blend extension would free up more space, the brackets alone should be enough. If it is necessary to highlight the blend, it could be done using a file icon or bold font, but unless many files are exchanged, people know their filenames so it would be clear anyway.

Exact steps for others to reproduce the error

  • link actions to your project, for example from this blend (just for convenience, applies to every file with a long name)
  • change to action editor and try to select the one you want on the first try ...
  • rename the blend to actions.blend and try again - now everything looks fine.

Event Timeline

This is a known problem. The changes to the search menu were required but still need some polish. See T78012.
Merged into an existing report abort this.
Thanks for the report though, this will definitely be addressed!