Google "illustrator pen tool direct selection" , for example the following...
Select the Direct Selection tool before selecting the Pen tool. Press and hold Command (Ctrl)
to give you access to the last tool selected (in this case the Direct Selection tool) for editing
of paths and handles without deselecting the path.
Is that what you mean?
Yeah, that's what I'm referring to, and I anticipated this as one of the replies. Haha. This method works great if you're only working on one path. However, the default behavior resets every time you start a new path, and holding Ctrl (Cmd) gives you the regular Selection Tool (black arrow) once again. I'd love to find a way to allow the pen tool to always call the Direction Selection tool (white arrow) at all times.
But thanks for the quick reply anyway!
I'll also note that I have AutoHotkey installed, so if anyone knows of a simple script for this that can be used with Illy, please let me know.
Have you tried remapping illustrator's keyboard shortcuts, Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts , to try and change the default behaviour ?
since there's no "events" in Illustrator scripting, there has to be human intervension to start the script. That would defeat the benefit of having a script select the white arrow, I mean if the most effective way to start a script is via shortcut, it would be as easy or easier to simply hit A+P
I'm having the same problem w/CS6. I've never encountered this before now and it's maddening - I NEVER use the selection tool while in pen tool mode - but ALWAYS using direct selection (command). selection chooses the entire path - it's mostly useless while in pen mode
Is there a solution to this?