I was surprised to find that the bevel modifier handles the points where edges join quite differently to the bevel tool.
Below, I've got two boxes - the one on the left beveled with the bevel tool and the one on the right with the bevel modifier. The boxes were identical before beveling.
There's an edge joining two corners across a flat surface (see A in the picture). The bevel tool introduces extra edges here to produce a better result than the bevel modifier which leaves this area as it was.
Is there anything I can do to get the bevel modifier to behave like the bevel tool here?
The other difference between the two was that the bevel tool did the right thing at the inner corner whereas with the bevel modifier, I had to manually set Miter Outer to Patch to get a similar result at B. It would be nice if the modifier version was as smart as the tool version, i.e. could automatically do the right thing here.
B is fine, though - I could resolve that. But A is a bigger issue, the bevel tool produces a much better visual result - is it possible to achieve the same result with the bevel tool?