I used to open the annotations toolbar and I could select, for example, the arrow tool. Then I would click from A to B and draw the arrow.

Now when I click the arrow tool it plops an arrow on the screenshot and I have to manually drag both ends.

This seems like extra work compared to the old way, what am I likely to have done to have caused this and what can I do to fix it?

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    I totally agree. Now it's so annoying to work with it that I will probably move to Skitch. I was so happy with the previous arrow functionality :(
    – frandevel
    Nov 13, 2014 at 8:52
  • What's worse it is the same for all the tools in that bar. Not one works "as expected". Shame really.
    – jcolebrand
    Nov 13, 2014 at 20:09

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I just tested this. Clicking the Arrow tool does indeed simply add an arrow instead of having you drag it out first.

I rarely if ever use the Annotate toolbar, so I am certain I have not made any changes that would have caused this. More likely, the upgrade to Yosemite changed how this tool works.

  • Point of comment, this seems to be the case for all annotations, not just arrows, I just chose that as an example.
    – jcolebrand
    Nov 13, 2014 at 20:10
  • Very bad news. This just went a lot worse. It was very handful and now I need to use Skitch to have something similar
    – frandevel
    Jan 18, 2016 at 13:47

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