Saturday, 10 May 2014
Accessing Mission Scripts in Folders With Game Open
Ok this one can be such a nightmare for many people..
So what i propose in this post is a Number of Alternatives To Alt and Tab
(I recommend reading the whole post, before choosing a method that best suits you)
Method 1 ALT and Tab
If you didn't know this, you can hold your ALT key (while the game is open) and while keeping ALT pressed down, press the TAB key, then letting go of the TAB key while maintaining hold on the ALT, will allow you to switch windows (if your lucky) You can also press TAB again to select another open task on your computer. This method works for some and not for others, and for those it does work for... It's unstable at best and can make the game crash.
Rumor has it if you run the game at a different resolution to your desktop the alt tab is more stable.
Method 2 the -window
Adding the -window command switch (to the games short cut) will run the game in window mode, but again isn't really that stable, best stability is to avoid the task bar.. IE minimize the game using the top right corner option (then ALT and TAB) to maximize it after editing what ever it was outside the game.
and again.. Rumor has it if you run the game at a different resolution to your desktop the alt tab is more stable.
Method 3 Networking
If you have more than 1 computer (on a network or router) you could share the mission folder on the network, and edit files that way so the game can stay open and maximized all the time while using the mission folder on a 2nd machine... This method is not advised unless you know about networking NOR are we willing to discuss it further, so asking in comments wont get a response from us here.
Method 4 Browser Use On A 2nd Machine
A free simple network idea, as seen on iPhones and iPads that i guess you could use on your pc's would be Apple Quick Times "Bonjour" web browser plugin. A lot of the required PC Companion Software for iDevice file transferee apps are free to download on a windows and mac platform. Meaning you could use that software to "Download" OR "Upload" modified files from one machine to another "Over a Router LAN/WiFi" Thinking about it, if you had an iDevice, there are plenty of text editors for them, so you could be editing SQS files, copy and pasting from PDF files right on an iPad and then send that file back into the mission folder.. But again this is something that unless you no what your doing.. OR have a Face to Face Friend to help you, then i probably wouldn't recommend it
Remember a mission still needs re-loading if you modify the EXT or SQM file
(all other edits you can just use PREVIEW to see your changes)
SQM IS modified by the game when you click Save In Mission Editor
EXT is NOT modified when you click save In Mission Editor
SQS is NOT modified when you click save In Mission Editor
PBO is NOT modified when you click save In Mission Editor
Changes To A Loaded PBO File work, But not for the following Information..
Class Names, Mission Editor Name OR Any Variable Loaded In A Required EXT in the mission dir