I have used Director for years to make light-weight applications for conferences and full-blown applications (I also build applications in many other languages, but try to use the right tool for the job). I have also been using Flash for years, though the security restrictions severely limited the range of applications that I could use it for.
With AIR, I thought that Adobe had finally decided to support a much wider range of applications for Flash, but requiring AIR to be installed in order to run once again puts severe restrications on it, in terms of the clients who would want to require the users to do an install of the product!
So, why did adobe do it? Why not allow it to be run without installing in addition to having an effortless install method?
It would open up the possibilities for AIR tremendously if it didn't have to be installed!
If AIR is not installed, then how will an AIR app run? It is rendered in the Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR), so if the runtime is not present, how will an AIR app run?
Like Flash Player, AIR will end up being installed in 98% of computers eventually, so then it will be a non-issue.
The Air player is installed on my machine. But when I export an AIR .exe. file out of my Flash CS4, it doesn't run properly. I was told that my air application needs to be installed before it will run.
Normally, it won't just have a EXE for an AIR app. You should have a *.air file instead.