By default Flash draw objects in Merge Drawing mode which automatically merges shapes that you draw when you overlap them. So turning off Merge Drawing mode / enabling Object Drawing mode will help resolve your problem.
When Pen tool is selected, select the Object Drawing button from the Options category of the Tools panel(bottom part of the panel), or press the J key to toggle between the Merge and Object Drawing modes. The Object Drawing button toggles between the Merge and Object Drawing modes.
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I'm aware of the modes however I meant that when a single line is drawn
and it intersects itself at some point - Flash will add a point whether or
not merge mode is on or off. It always merges. If one draws 2 seperate
lines in object mode they won't merge.
- So I figured I'd draw seperate lines then group them together and fake
that it is a continuous line but when you group the lines together you
lose the point selection tool ability.
p.s. I'm trying to design a vector stickman whose points are moveable
for frame by frame animation. But when the lines cross eachother I
don't want merging.
No way, doesn't change a thing. I select object drawing mode, still when the path crosses itself a point is added at the intersection.
There must be a way to disable this ridiculous behavior...
This is an issue for me as well. The pen tool in Flash's object drawing mode is supposed to work like Illustrator's pen tool, but this behavior makes no sense.