Photoshop: How do I transform masks independently of shape layers in CS6?

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In previous versions of Photoshop, I could use the free transform tool on a mask independent of a path layer if they were unlinked.
In CS6 I can't seem to do this - I've unlinked the mask from my rounded rectangle and made sure the mask is selected, but the transform only applies to the rounded rectangle - not the mask. Is this a feature that has been removed or changed?
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This appears to a bug in Photoshop. Since Shape layers are a new thing in CS6, it's possible that it was merely an oversight by the developers. I contacted Adobe directly with this issue and they seemed unaware of the problem and felt that it might have been an installation issue (NO).

Turn the Shape into a Smart object, or better yet, group the Shape layer and apply the mask to the group instead, and it seems to behave as expected. This solution is better than nothing and probably works better than turning the Shape into a Smart object since you can still edit the vertices directly in the file.
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When you attempt to transform a Shape Layer that has a mask, you seem to either only be able to transform the shape and mask together, or just the shape (depending on whether they are linked).

However, it is still possible to transform the layer mask, but I'll admit it's not very intuitive.

You have to disable the display of the Shape Layer path. Go to View > Extras and uncheck "Target Path" (Command/Ctrl+Shift+H). At this point, as long as the two are unlinked you'll transform whichever is selected when you go to Edit > Free Transform (Command/Ctrl+T).
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A simple solution which doesn't require changing view options:

Activate Move Tool (V) and enable its option Show Transform Controls to be able to transform the targeted unlinked mask.

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I like that. It's a very simple solution.

(turning towards Adobe)
Although, I'm still confused to why Shape layers have to get special attention just to get it to work like other types of layers.
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Because they are special layers that don't work like other layer types. It's been reported, we'll see what we can do to change things.
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Bambi, CS6 Shape Layer is really still the pre-CS6 shape layer - a Fill Layer with Vector Mask - but with the addition of a stroke attribute. The attempt to disguise it as a new special type of layer has resulted in inconsistencies, annoyances, inconveniences and deterioration of workflow.