Photoshop CC 2019: Free Transform Maintain Aspect Ratio broken [Aspect ratio remains fixed even when Maintain Aspect Ratio is unticked]

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When the Maintain Aspect Ratio box is unchecked, Free Transform should be non-proportional.

However, in version 20 (Oct 2018 release) the aspect ratio remains locked whether or not the Maintain Aspect Ratio box is clicked. Only using the shift key (new behaviour) seems to work.

Reported in Adobe Photoshop forums by Win 10 users.
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John Waller

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Posted 7 months ago

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David Tristram, Employee

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Official Response
the bug here is for the constrain button in the tool options bar.  It's being ignored when unchecked in the new default constrained mode.  good bug.  
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Dragos Bruma

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Text committing modifications is also screwed up, full of bugs. Please just make un update that keeps the basic functions of this program the same because I earn a living with it.  
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Cheila Ferreira

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I wish they would revert this change. I liked the way it worked before.
However, if they won't, at least make the "lock" button work properly.
If the lock button is ON dragging will scale the image proportionally. Shift + drag will free-scale.
If the lock button is OFF the behavior is reversed. Dragging will free-scale. Shift + drag will scale proportionally.
This way you would keep old and new users happy.
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Carol Salmanson

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Holy cow, was it THAT difficult to just hold down the Shift key? It's now a mess.

I've just uninstalled 20 and gone back to 19. I'm wondering how I will know if Adobe will fix all the bugs without my having to check here constantly. Given the comments on another thread about filters crashing PS and completely losing files even after saving them beforehand, there's no way I'm going to risk going back to 20. 

Maybe do a version 21 after everything is fixed...while testing to make sure new, improved miserable bugs don't appear?

Adobe CC is NOT cheap, BTW.