I use arcs and curves frequently. The stretchy handles on arc and spline curve control points are critical to shaping curves. I recently upgraded from Visio 2003 to 2010. To my dismay I discovered that not only are various controls changed (which I could re-learn), but some controls are apparently abandoned or lost, including a very critical one. Here's the problem:

I want to create a closed shape, by using lines and arcs around the perimeter of a shape. Once the perimeter is closed, the shape can be filled (with a fill color). Further, I want to be able to make subtle curves as part of the perimeter of the shape. An arc object has two endpoint handles, and a midpoint handle. In Visio 2003, the midpoint handle can be expanded to show stretchy controls, by hovering over the midpoint of the arc. These stretchy controls then enable the curve to be shaped SIDEWAYS and deformed in certain directions. In Visio 2010 these stretchy handles are GONE, and the midpoint handle can only be moved back and forth in a single direction. I understand that using the pencil tool in a certain way I can add a bend point to the arc, but that's not what I want; I want the stretchy handles with which to make skewed arcs!!! While these handles may still be found in spline curves in Visio 2010, spline curves cannot be used to complete the perimeter of a closed loop.

Without these controls on an ARC object, one cannot make subtle-shaped objects in Visio 2010, as was possible in Visio 2003.

IS THERE A WAY TO SEE OR ACTIVATE THESE STRETCHY HANDLES ON AN ARC OBJECT? Am I simply missing something here? I've tried hovering over the midpoint, but no handles appear. I've searched forums (including this one), but no one seems to have discussed this EXACT problem.

--alulaq2