Pathfinder creating groups (Illustrator 2021)

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I've updated to Illustrator 2021.

Ever since updating I've noticed that the Pathfinder function - more specifically the Unite and Merge -

create groups instead of connecting two shapes together.

 

This is extremely weird as this behavior is occasional and not consistent.

I've included a video for you see it in action.

 

I have tried Monika Gause's advice and converted my paths into compound paths

but even this doesn't resolve it.

 

Any input would be appreciated.

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Pathfinder creating groups (Illustrator 2021)

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I've updated to Illustrator 2021.

Ever since updating I've noticed that the Pathfinder function - more specifically the Unite and Merge -

create groups instead of connecting two shapes together.

 

This is extremely weird as this behavior is occasional and not consistent.

I've included a video for you see it in action.

 

I have tried Monika Gause's advice and converted my paths into compound paths

but even this doesn't resolve it.

 

Any input would be appreciated.

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If you are using it on discrete shapes, Unite will create groups.

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I'm sorry, what do you mean by "discrete shapes" ?

 

I've used Illustrator for over 4 years now ?

In that time Pathfinder has never before created groups.

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Shapes that are not overlapping one another.

This has been the case at least as far back as CS5.

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They are overlapping.

Look carefully at the first video.

 

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Please share the file or an example file containing an equivalent situation.

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That's the trouble.

 

This behavior (like I outlined in my original post) I cannot recreate, I don't know what's causing it.

 

If I try connecting two (overlapping) paths or compound paths even within the same file on the same layer I succeed most of the time.

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I can't tell what's going on with your shapes from that video. Can you share the file?

If you copy those objects into a new file, do they behave the same?

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