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.
I was thinking this worked differently in CS3, but I no longer have it on my system to test.
Yes, holding "option" prior to clicking the end point creates a different result, but nothing like it should be.
I cannot imagine why this type of bug should be in AICS5 & 6, especially when PSD finally got it right.
Time travel: I see the same behaviour in AI 9 and AI 10.
I'd be pretty surprised if it worked in CS 3 …
I found CS3 on a backup drive but it won't let me open it on my new system.
I am going to guess this feature DID exist in CS3 based on my habit of trying to do it in CS5. Just my guess. At any rate, it would sure be nice if AI matched PS's capabilities with the pen tool. I mean, really!
I don't see a difference between CS3 and CS6. Spacebar behaves weird in CS3 as well. Alt-key is there in both.
Thanks, Monika. I'd like to see this fixed. We need parity with pen tool between PS and AI.
Funny, I saw my error on "parody" just now.
While I'm on "parity"; I'd like to see the zoom feature act the same in AI and PS. Now that I'm finally used to "click-drag" zooming in PS, I'm driving myself crazy in AI, trying to do the same thing.
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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 …
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.
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 …
This bug is still in AI CC. Holding "spacebar" when closing a path causes the direction points to jump out of control. Works great in PS CS6 pen tool. Haven't tried PS CC.
Alas, this bug has not been fixed in AI CC 17.1. If Adobe can make it work in Photoshop, why can't it work in Illustrator!!???
Adobe Illustrator CC 2014 has this feature. Do try this out.