Running CS4 on Snow Leopard. Having questionable results with pathfinder operations. First, all shape mode actions are jumping straight to compound paths (i.e. no option to Expand) even without alt-clicking. Secondly, functions (such as Minus Front) are arbitrarily clearing almost all paths in a group rather than just the affected anchor points.
This is a difficult problem to explain. Fundamentally I'm noticing different behaviors than I'm accustomed to with earlier versions. Is this an engineered solution or some bug in the program? Please help!
In CS4, the default behavior of Shape Mode is for the result to be expanded. Use Alt when clicking the button to cause it to be applied as a live effect. This is just inverted from the former behavior.