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You can't force open a file using FileReference, you can only give them the ability to download the file to there computer. You can however use mab_bonds solution to where the PDF will open in a new browser window and they can go from there to save the file. Or you could give the option of both using FileReference to download the file and navigateToUrl by doing two links of "view" and "download." This would have you covered on both fronts.
Thanks for the reply.
I'll start using fileReference off-the-shelf and see how it plays out. For now, just downloading is fine ...
It seems like a good solution, but as I went through LiveDocs I kept bumping up against AIR and thought we might need AIR ... sounds like we can do basic point-and-click downloads without issue (or AIR).
This page is open to the public so we can pre-suppose anything but a raw browser.
We doing a long overdue upgrade from Front Page and are new to FLEX. So far it's been a good experience ...