Softimage tweak tool


I’be just gotten back into modelling again after a couple of years off. I used to use Softimage for all poly modelling as I absolutely loved the tweak tool. I am now using Maya due to Softimage not being available anymore however the tweak tool just isn’t as intuitive especially in multi component mode. The main things I liked about the Softimage tweak tool was that when you selected components the manipulator would display however it doesn’t do that in Maya. So I guess I have 2 questions which are can I set up the tweak tool in Maya to behave like the Softimage tweak tool or are there any other poly modellers out there which behave a bit more like Softimage.?

BTW, I tried Wings 3D already which doesn’t appear to use a manipulator for transforms?