That looks something along the right lines except I want my application to output a key to the desktop/operating system but that just seems to enable communication between a java and air file.
Cheers for your help though.
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I saw this in a Flex forum post and thought of your situation:
On connecting to the OS or apps external to Flex / AIR, there is always the option of running a socket server that will take commands from your Flash/Flex/AIR app to do those kinds of things.
You could also use a web server, web services, or a servlet to accomplish the task (read: security needs some thought).
Then there is always Merapi (I love Merapi) which requires some Java chops.
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Ye that Merapi definitely seems interesting but it's the Java chops part that I think I'll fall down lol
I've also asked on a java forum if anyone with experience of using Flex in Conjunction with Java can create the function that I'm after but my topic has been ignored like the ugly girl at the prom.
I've never heard of a socket server. Would they be required to be installed on each machine that the interface is installed on?
I'll definitely look into it. Thanks a lot mate.