Map prototyping

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Map prototyping

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I was wondering what methods of map prototyping everyone used. Right now i save my bzw file and store it in my local maps directory. i then have to manually start bzfs through the terminal defining my conf. i then start up bzflag and join localhost:5154. i was wondering if anyone else had something better, so that i could fine tune certain positions quickly with many small edits. with my method it is just too time consuming.

so what are your methods?
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I store everything in the map file, so I can then just call:

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bzfs -world supahcool.bzw
My bzflag config saves the last server I went to, so I can easily tap in to connect to localhost. Also, I try to make edits in batches, to save time.

I guess it's possible to hack your text editor to run bzfs and start bzflag with a keyboard macro, but you'll have to do that yourself.
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I set up BZFlag in windowed mode, then I use the in-game 'start server' menu to quickly restart the server when needed. I have the main BZW file open in another window, and then Wings 3D and Photoshop ready in the background.
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You might want to try my BZWTestLauncher application. It is in SVN as the source, and I have a Windows binary available for testing. Since is is C#, it should run on linux via the mono project, but I haven't tested it.
http://bzflag.svn.sourceforge.net/viewv ... tLauncher/
http://my.bzflag.org/bb/viewtopic.php?t=11785
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what they said ^^.

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i have a mac so i would have to mess around with compiling that test launcher.

i guess ill just use windowed bzflag and save my set options in the bzw file, and always keep the terminal window open so i can just hit ctr-c then up-arrow to restart the server.

thanks for your input
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I do it all in one desktop, 1st edit, save, start, test (see attached screenshot)
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I have 2 shortcuts, one for the command line (already has a starting line of path\to\bzfs), and the other, a shortcut to my configurations file, so i just type:

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bzfs -conf nameofconfig.conf
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PETER wrote:I do it all in one desktop, 1st edit, save, start, test (see attached screenshot)
This is just what I had in mind.
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