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All Flash applications -- and that includes Flex-based ones -- can be made
into a native application. Of course, the native application will be
platform-specific, unlike the original app, which is cross-platform.
Flash calls these apps "projectors." Run the standalone Flash player
(SAFlashPlayer); then open the SWF from which you would like to make a
standalone app; then File > Create Projector.
As for whether that projector can access the Internet -- well, that is a
complicated question, because it involves security. The short answer, I
think, is, yes. (clap clap clap!) You can make one which can access the
Internet -- as long as it doesn't also need to access to local hard disk. Or,
you can make one which can read the local hard disk, in which case is cannot
access the Internet. It's one or the other. For more than you ever wanted to
know, go here: http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/security/
When Apollo comes out, that will expand your options even further. A little
info about Apollo:
- Mike Morearty
Developer, Flex Builder team
Wally Kolcz wrote:
> Is it possible to export a Flex/Flash project as a standalone 'application'
> using the projector that can interact with a web site, yet run on a desktop?
> Similar to .NET compiling to a .exe.
> I want to make a standalone application using the Flash projector that, when
> the user is online, to be able to interact with the data from the web site.
> The same as being on the web with out using the web browser.
> Just wondering if that would be possible or not.
Yes - the standalone Flash Player has an Export Projector... option in the
File menu. This works fine with Flex-generated SWFs.