to create a single clipping path from multiple paths it would be nice to add the "unite" AI pathfinder function to merge 2 overlapping paths
select 2 paths> choose "unite" from drop down ?
don't go getting carried away with the idea that just because there's a feature set in PS that your expected to use it in an intensive manner.
either they won't or they can't. Take your pick.
Scissors are apparently a no-go as well... just in case someone starts running with the idea.
But there is a new interface, and 3d as well... so expect that to be 1/2 baked for the rest of it's life as well.
This was option wasn't always available, I think was introduced a few versions ago. There are no more sophisticated pathfinder options than this. As you said its so easy to copy and paste from Illustrator.
I'm running Illustrator 10.0.3 on a Mac running OS 10.3.3. When trying to delete an object that I created using the "Unite" action, the program crashes. Check it out and let me know if it's just me..., draw 3 shapes; select them all, then click play on the "Unite" action; now select and try to delete the newly formed object. Did it work for you? Can anyone suggest what might be going on? Thanks.