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1. To open a file in the default browser use:
var excel = new air.URLRequest("test.xls");
2. I don't think there is a direct way for AIR to interact with a Word form. (You might be able to achieve the same end result using a PDF form, but it sounds like you need a more general way to control Office applications, which isn't a use case supported by AIR.)
3. Yes, AIR must be installed and the AIR app also needs to be installed. Companies put such security policies in place for a reason. In the long run, it's probably best to find a secure compromise with the security folks rather than circumventing those policies. A future version of AIR -might- contain the ability to create a self-supporting executable that runs without installation of the runtime or the application.
4. Not supported. You can only access the windows of your own application.
Thanks! I really apprectiate your comments!
kfalan, there have been other threads concerning the issue of running the AIR application from a CD (search for "shu player") . Find them, and post your comments or add you comments to the Adobe wish list.1 person found this helpful
Thanks Czajka for the Shu Player tip. It looks very interesting. However, right off I'm not sure how it would be an advantage to use Shu over Flash/Director solutions. I guess Shu will allow for the fact that AIR is able to tap many web technologies, but so is the Flash/Director solution, especially if the many Xtra plug-ins for Director are used.
I'm still on the fence about switching over to AIR from Flash/Director. It looks like things are heading that way though so I might not have a choice.
Also, I posted my comments to the feature wish list as you suggested.