Moving from Flash to AIR, getting started?
I've built an interactive disc for a camp for the last few years which was basically a custom video, audio, photo player and PDF viewer.
In the past, I've built it as a Windows Projector, but this year, I'd like to move to Adobe AIR. I was wondering about a few things in regards to AIR's capabilities and distribution.
Can AIR access the users filesystem? In other words:
- Can I allow users to save images to their hard drive?
- Can AIR load PDFs or load a local program, such as Adobe Reader?
- Can AIR check for the existence of a particular program?
Does one AIR file run across all platforms? (Mac, Windows at least, Linux a plus)
Can I distribute an offline AIR runtime installer along with the CD?
We've traditionally distributed on a CD and I don't think this will change.
- Yes. There are some limitations, such as system security, but strictly speaking you can.
- Yes: http://get.adobe.com/air/otherversions/
- Yes, but you may need a license depending on some conditions: http://www.adobe.com/products/air/runtime_distribution1.html