Yes, it's just a beta thing. They'll be releasing an update to that, hopefully before live release. I've also found it frustrating, but made macros for now as a work-around.
On the gamepad, you can assign a key for switching from active to passive mode. I've set mine to what I think was the triangle(top) button. I just wish I could find a way to get my alt and ctrl macro buttons to work from the gamepad(they keep closing on me when I try to cycle through them). The action buttons work, but the alt and macros don't stay open like they do in ffxi on my gamepad =(