Edit just the path when text is on path
Editing the path, independently of the the text on the path is no longer possible. For the last couple decades, I could place text on a path, then I would select the direct select tool (group select via key modifier) and click just on the path to select just the path. Then, I would switch to the regular selection tool. At this point the handles for scaling an object would become visible. Then I could scale or distort the path, independently of the text. About 2 or 3 years ago, Illustrator was suddenly no longer able to do this. At this point, the only way to edit the path independently of the text is to go into the transform palette, unconstrain proportions, then type numbers, or use cursor keys to adjust the size or shape of the path. It's really, really tedious. Plus, as soon as you touch the cursor key, the text shifts to the side or bottom of a circular path and you have to slide the text back to the top. I was hoping this would get resolved on it's own at some point but it seems that it's not getting resolved.
Someone posted this bug early last year but it persists. We used to have the ability to adjust the size or shape of a path, say a circle, which has text on that path, without resetting the positioning of the text. This worked perfectly for years, and now it has been broken for some time and costs users a lot of time and frustration.
Example: You have text on a circle path. The text is just the way you'd like it, but that path needs to be just a bit smaller or larger. So you select just the path, and reduce or enlarge its size slightly. Welp ... there goes the positioning of your text. And as an added aggravation, UNDO doesn't reverse it.
Please, Adobe, many of your users just want the basic, useful things to work instead of new bloated features we would rarely use.