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Pen tool bug

Mar 29, 2013 8:20 AM

Tags: #path #tool #key #spacebar #option #pen #closed #modifier

I'm sure this has been discussed, but I don't find the thread. Here is my issue:

 

When closing an open path by clicking the end point, AI does not recognize "Option" or "Spacebar" modifier keys as it should. The option key should allow me to control the direction point independant from the corresponding anchor point, while the spacebar should allow me to move the active anchor point, while the mouse is still down. This is exactly how Photoshop CS6 works (this was an upgrade for Photoshop).

 

Here is a short video illustrating the "bug" in Illustrator:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=g5ViHSLJ_SM

 

Please let me know if you share my concern about this pen tool bug.

 
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    Mar 29, 2013 8:46 AM   in reply to rcraighead

    It’s not a problem in CS3. Option and Spacebar work just like in Photoshop in the video.

    This problem must be something that has crept in in a later version.

     

    Did you try hitting the Option key just prior to the last click? It seems to make a difference.

     
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    Mar 29, 2013 9:16 AM   in reply to rcraighead

    Time travel: I see the same behaviour in AI 9 and AI 10.

     

    I'd be pretty surprised if it worked in CS 3 …

     
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    Mar 29, 2013 10:10 AM   in reply to rcraighead

    I don't see a difference between CS3 and CS6. Spacebar behaves weird in CS3 as well. Alt-key is there in both.

     
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    Mar 29, 2013 1:43 PM   in reply to rcraighead

    The thing Steve may have overlooked is that you were talking about the procedure just when closing the path. Once it is closed and you then drag a handle, everything works as one would expect.

     

    Well, a misbehaviour that is at least 15 years old. Happy Easter bug …

     
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    Mar 29, 2013 2:18 PM   in reply to Kurt Gold

    Nope, didn’t overlook anything. I looked at the video and tested it by trying to do the same thing. Everything worked as expected.

    Option drag works fine on closing the path.

    Space bar drag is sometimes a bit shaky but works if you’ve got a steady mouse hand.

    Drag with Option and Space bar together is a bit erratic though – reckon I would probably move the anchor afterwards by holding down Cmd.

     
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    Mar 29, 2013 2:33 PM   in reply to Steve Fairbairn

    That is astonishing. In the meantime I've verified the odd behaviour (as described by Ray) in 5 different AI versions on Mac and Win machines (including AI CS3).

     

    Maybe I've overlooked something …

     
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