Noramlly in CS5 and any other version of Photoshop or Illustrator that I know of, if you click a point in an object, it will show the handles for transforming the line. As I'm creating something today, it works for a while and then stops. Yesterday I had the same problem. I drew a few things and then suddenly, the Direct Select Tool is not showing any transform handles.
I can get them to show if I can click and drag a box over the point, but this is slow and doesn't work well for layered art. I already tried resetting my illustrator preferences. Any other ideas?
EDIT: Also, in CS5 there's a simple icon that you can click to convert the currently selected point from a curved point to an angled point. Is there not such a thing in CS2?
I ask because at work I only have access to CS2.
What happens when you hit the A key? Do you get the white arrow?
Try also hitting Cmd (/Ctrl)+H to get edges to show.
The Convert Anchor Point tool is under the Pen tool.
Click and hold on the tool for a moment until it shows up. You can then tear it off if you like by grabbing the right-pointing arrow at the right hand end of the tool’s menu.
Yes, I'm using the white arrow and not the black. The CTRL+H shows the lines or hides them, but doesn't affect whether handles show up or not.
As for the convert tool, I found it there, but I hoped it would be easier to use like CS5. But I suppose in 3 different versions it's not surprising that a few features are missing.
Sometimes Illy gets distracted an confused when others start intruding. The usual suspects are listen in Item 7 in Other options .
You did get rid of the preferences while Illy was alseep, no?