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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David Tristram, Employee

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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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Bug. Maintain Aspect Ratio constrain link on the toolbar does not work. Adobe Photoshop Version: 20.0.0 20180920.r.24 2018

When you un-check the Maintain Aspect Ratio constrain link on the toolbar and then use transform it still maintains aspect ratio. . . un-checking the link should disable aspect ratio shouldn't it? 

The shift key + transform disables aspect ratio but doesn't correspond with the constrain link on the tool bar. 

Adobe Photoshop Version: 20.0.0 20180920.r.24 2018/09/20: 1193433  x64
Number of Launches: 1225
Operating System: Windows 10 64-bit
Version: 10 or greater 10.0.17134.1
System architecture: Intel CPU Family:6, Model:14, Stepping:3 with MMX, SSE Integer, SSE FP, SSE2, SSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX, AVX2, HyperThreading
Physical processor count: 4
Logical processor count: 8
Processor speed: 3 MHz
Built-in memory: 32627 MB
Free memory: 19421 MB
Memory available to Photoshop: 29878 MB
Memory used by Photoshop: 65 %
Alias Layers: Disabled.
Modifier Palette: Enabled.
Highbeam: Enabled.
Image tile size: 1024K
Image cache levels: 4
Font Preview: Huge
TextComposer: Latin
Display: 1
Display Bounds: top=0, left=0, bottom=1200, right=1920
OpenGL Drawing: Enabled.
OpenGL Allow Old GPUs: Not Detected.
OpenGL Drawing Mode: Advanced
OpenGL Allow Normal Mode: True.
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Dragos Bruma

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Thank you again, somehow I still have the old version in the cloud. I'm sticking to 19.1.6 because 20 froze twice this morning besides the free transform issue.
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Me too Dragos Bruma. I have had a few problems with v20.0 here. . . I think I will wait until all the bugs are fixed.
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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.