When making a path in Photoshop, if I have the basic Pen Tool, I often use Option on my Mac keyboard to temporarily get the Convert Point Tool, in order to adjust the handle protruding from an anchor point. I find it extremely frustrating that it will INSTEAD lay down another anchor point if I do not click PRECISELY on the end of the handle I intended to grab. Can't Photoshop just grab the handle as long as I am in close proximity AND am holding down Option? Since I AM holding Option, it should lock me out of adding additional anchor points.
I can't think of anything else I would want to do in this situation, in other words, I don't think it would be in conflict with any other feature.
It seems like I might want to second this one, as I remember complaining about something similar when working with paths recently...
(after trying...) No, it wasn't that, as the cursor change is a good enough sign of what my click will do... bummer... I need to lay down notes again!
About the near handles situation, what would be useful to have is a contextual menu (even a modifier-led contextual menu) to select the kind of anchor point we want, to convert a curve to a line, etc.