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    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.

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    Edward King commented  · 

    v23.1. In my case, update rolled out to western continental Europe (E.U.). No problem with line segment tool (but no bounding box, only two end points). Pen tool has a bounding box, but when clicking on a horizontal / vertical line, it has a barely visible middle handle (which you have to exactly hover over to change the standard cursor icon to the line extension icon). Pen tool mode works too, but it is a bit awkward (as I mentioned in an earlier post).

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    Edward King commented  · 

    @Lance : Hi. It should be fixed in v23.1. Did you hover your cursor between the corner handles at either end of the horizontal / vertical line? The middle point - which changes the cursor icon to the line extending icon - can be a little bit tricky to find...

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    Edward King commented  · 

    I agree that this issue has been fixed and in that respect I am thankful. However, it is a slightly inferior solution to what was used in previous versions such as CS5.

    The middle handle was more visible in CS5 and therefore I now have to spend a bit more time adjusting the position of the cursor to engage the correct (extension) function.

    Thank you again, Illustrator Development Team. Please always remember, though : if a function wasn't broken in an earlier version, then there is no need to redesign it ! And at least run usability/beta tests with professional illustrators - they will identify these kinds of issues.

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    Edward King commented  · 

    As described in this forum discussion thread by other illustrators, the lack of a centre handle for resizing lines makes the action of resizing lines time consuming, awkward and tedious. The design of the Pen tool function is no longer user-friendly. What makes the situation worse is that the Pen tool is one of the basic functions that all illustrators have to regularly use. I therefore expect Adobe General Management and their Illustrator Team to take note of what a serious issue this is and expedite the correction of this software design error.

    Be aware that this is particularly an issue with single-direction, horizontal or vertical lines created using the Pen tool. This tool worked perfectly well (i.e. with a clear bounding box with centre handles) in Adobe Illustrator CS5. Although this is less of an issue, I would also reccomend that you reintroduce the bounding box for lines created using the Line Segment tool.

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    I am happy to share that we have fixed this bug in our latest release – 23.0.6 which is available worldwide now.

    Going forward, our goal is to fix as many top User-Voice bugs as possible and as frequently as possible. Given the nature of the fixes, some of the bugs will take a longer time to fix, but we are on it.

    You can update to the latest release using Creative Cloud desktop App: https://helpx.adobe.com/in/creative-cloud/help/creative-cloud-updates.html

    Thank you for all the feedback. Keep it coming!

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