I am looking to switch from Corel X4 to CS4. One the things I do most often is apply a curve to a straight line. In Corel this is very simple. The line is converted to a curve (shortcut key) and then the shape tool tip is placed against the line and "dragged" into a curve. I cannot however seem to find the same method in CS4. It appears you have to add points with the pen tool then grab the control handles to curve the line - a method I find very clunky compared to that in Corel. Am I missing something?
Nope, that the way it works in AI. It's one thing that the powers that be haven't seen fit to change in over 20 years.
You could use the Reshape Tool. Many forget it exists. It's under the Scale tool in the Toolbar. Just click a line and drag.
Illy expects you to know beforehand whether you want your line to be straight or curved.
Best to drag with the Pen tool to produce handles while you are drawing - same way as in Photoshop paths.
Once you've done that you can alter curves with the Direct Selection tool (white arrow) either by moving anchor points or dragging line segments.
Clunky maybe, but that's the way it always has been in Illy.