is there a way to restart a "test movie" without waiting for publish - if nothing has changed?
Or - alternatively - is there another way to run a flash player with an associated output window (under windows) and ideally to have "test movie" invoke that after compiling the swf file?
By refering to "test movie" are you talking about the Control/Enter? and "Publish" as publishing the .swf on a Web page?
Once you "Control/Enter" the .fla, a .swf file is created in the same folder as the .fla file. Once that .swf is created, you can directly run that .swf anytime by simple clicking on the .swf... there is no need to "Publish" to a Web page... or even Control/Enter if there are no edits to the .fla
I rarely "Publish" any of my .fla files (I hand code all the HTML).
Just remember that you must Control/Enter after any edits to compile the latest version of the .fla.
The short answer is "no". If you want to use "test movie" it needs to go thru its process of compiling the file and creating the swf before running it. You could always have your file manager open and just doubleclick the swf file there, but that is not using the "test movie" option.
yes I was talking about control/enter.
If I just click the swf, nothing goes to the output window (I am sure it is the debug player I am using).
So my question was mainly about how to get output at all. I am used to the linux environment where the player simply writes to a text file, and a separate process watches it growing