Photoshop CC 2015: Changed shift-click behavior in Healing Brush?

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In the cc2015 versions of Photoshop the Healing Brush behaves differently than older versions did when I use "shift-click" to connect points. In PS CS6, for example, when I hold down the shift key, the tool clones in (or heals) continuously from point to point as I click. In the last two versions of Photoshop, this has changed: a click, then shift-click to a new location results in a "line", but this does not continue to the next point clicked, even when holding the shift key down continuously. Instead, the new point is treated as the beginning of a second "line" of healing/painting.

I hope this makes sense - it's surprisingly complicated to describe such a simple thing. But the effect is really disconcerting - if I'm healing along a surface, I can no longer get a continuous "heal" along a curve, for example.

The Brush & Clone Stamp tools don't show this at all - they behave as expected, connecting clicked points continuously until the shift key is released. I can't find any preference setting that might have changed, and I'm using a very simple tool set - no wild brushes or anything. Very frustrating!

How can I get the old behavior back for the Healing Brush Tool? What am I missing?



P.S. I posted this earlier in Adobe's User Forums, along with a link to example screenshots - was told by another member they saw this problem on Mac but not Windows versions, and they recommended I post here in hopes of getting someone's attention at Adobe. Let me know if posting the link would be helpful (I hope this forum allows links?)
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Official Response
This was fixed in CC 2017. Let us know if you're still having this issue.