The bounding box for lines and narrow objects doesn’t have center handles
Missing the center handles for all lines, unable to extend lines properly (without scaling them) unless I switch to direct selection tool, which is a pain.
So it’s obviously not fixed, and we all know it.
While the cursor gets changes into the horizontal/vertical two-headed arrow, the center handles for the bounding box indeed don’t appear, if the width/height of the art (here just an orthogonal line) is small enough.
Please continue to share you thought, screenshots, GIFs. It’s time to re-review this again.
What did we pay for?
It's passed a year, we don't want new features, we want that Adobe solves this annoying bug! It's a shame that it took almost 12 months to fix!
Doug Raphael commented
I still have this issue. It is visible when zooming very close in but that is only useful for very short lines. I would love to know if this is a bug or if it was done purposely.
Guys is not fixed at all!
Mariska van Reijn commented
Yes!! It is fixed! Finally!
No way! One year and no solution of this bug. Where is a tech support? We paid this suite for what?!
Finally fixed in the new release of today Ai v23.1
This is not just the case with lines. Small objects only show the corner handles for the bounding box as well. And for some reason you can only rotate when you try and grab the corner handles, not resize. Unless you zoom in until you see all bounding box handles.
I see this is still an issue in 23.0.6 unfortunately. I don't know if Adobe understands the severity of this bug. Not that everyone uses this feature as much as me, but I know that I personally use it hundreds of times a day. For now I'm struggling with using free transform or direct selecting the anchor and stretching.
The workaround is multiple tool changes where it used to be NONE. Just an extra several hundred clicks a day on my already tired hands. No big deal.
I'm using 23.0.6.
I don't even see the bounding box on lines created with the line tool. So the line tool is pretty useless at the moment.
If I use the pen tool to create a straight line (just two anchor points, at the start and end) I get a normal bounding box.
Fascinating how with every version of Illustrator, one bug is fixed and five new ones are added...
Guess I have to go back to CS6.
OMG, am I finally using Ai 2019, It seems like AI 2019 suffers an enormous Memory Leak! Same file in CC2018 uses about 300 MB, Ai CC2019 uses multiple GB .........
... and no update ... and no bugfix ... only taking cash from people for buggy software.
"Middle side handles always shown"
I would like the same behavior as box resizing in OmniGraffle: the middle side handles are always present.
In illustrator you must spend your time to zoom and unzoom to reach these midsize handles which are only present when size of object is enough large on screen.
Under Omnigraffle, no need to zoom. The cursor change its symbol to indicate what handle your hover on.
8 month and I don't know why I have to pay the full price of a product when I'm the beta tester, this is a fraud.
OK, seems like the behavior has changed a bit. Still no center handle, but when using the corner selector, scaling is only inline (similar to the old center handle). Not a consistent behavior, but a step in the good direction. Think I can now use CC2019 after about 8 months after release date....
23.0.6 and..... a lot of Drawing & Editing Tools fixes... but again not this one :(
@Feek - This couldn't make it to 23.0.5 but we plan will ship it in next release soon. Our intent is to do frequent releases to ship long-standing asks faster.
Still not fixed in update of today 23.0.5
Michael Reilly commented
There is a weird set of forums... this one actually has direct access to, and feedback from the development team. They have periodic webcasts showing new features, and the last one showed their priority list/schedule. They also have pre-release versions of the software available for testing and feedback. It's open to all users, but you're not to disclose the details outside of that space since they aren't final.
brian stokes commented
Ah yes, the workarounds we must employ to achieve the functions that were once so simple. I guess this will be the new normal since Adobe has done nothing but ignore its users. None of the engineers seem to actually use the deteriorating products that they force us to use. Frustrating, problematic garbage...
Raghuveer Singh, do you have anything to add after 8 months? Any progress?
I'll take your silence as an official "F*ck off" from Adobe. Just keep taking our money and ignoring your customer base. Great business model...
Really need a fix for this! As a point of clarification, this behavior is with paths, not single line shapes. If you create a shape (with the line tool) you get a single handle at the endpoints of the line with the selection tool. If you create a single line path (with the pen tool) you get the behavior outlined.
In 2018, a single line path had 3 handles on the ends. In 2019 there are 2 with the center extension handle missing.
Another workaround is to select a single line path, go to Select>Same>Appearance and then Object>Shape>Convert to shape. That will convert all single line paths to shapes which will allow you to use the selection tool to extend the line. Albeit not with the 3 handles like before, but with the single handle. As shapes vs paths, the lines still have all the same characteristics, it's just the modify handles differ between paths and shapes.
Also as mentioned elsewhere, you can hit "E" to initiate the free transform tool and get the 3rd handle on paths. It's still switching tools to achieve the same result vs being able to do everything in one tool before.