Merge button in Pathfinder panel works incorrectly
Merge button in Pathfinder now works the same as Trim. It cuts out invisible parts of objects but leaves them separated. Merge should unite shapes with same color. This is one of most used operations when creating logos and it is now broken. Sad.
Merge effect however works correctly, so current workaround is to group objects together, apply Effect > Pathfinder > Merge, then use Object > Expand Appearance.
Steps to reproduce:
Create two red and one blue rectangle. All without stroke.
Position them so they slightly overlap each other.
Open Pathfinder panel, click Merge (3rd icon at the bottom row)
Ungroup and inspect.
Red rectangles become one shape.
All rectangles remain individual shapes, same as if clicked Trim
Adobe Illustrator 2020 version 24.3
macOS Big Sur 11.0.1
MacBookPro 15" (Intel)
Constantine, is it still broken? I tried to replicate in in the latest release, and it feels like a fixed issue, reds now get merged fine. Please comment back.