3 Replies Latest reply on Nov 8, 2009 5:48 AM by erthy

    What is the best way to include external files in an application?


      I am developing a vocabulary-training program (Adobe AIR using Flex Builder 3). Asks you what an equivalent of a czech word is in english and the other way. I am storing the "dictionaries" in external XML files. I would like to include about twenty of them in the installation. So far I just had them in the applicationDirectory, but now, I added an editing feature and I ran across the fact, that I cannot write into the applicationDirectory. So I figured the most intuitive place for the dictionaries would be in the documentsDirectory/name of program. However, how do I tell the AIR installation to make the according folder and include the files?


      How do I do this, or what do you think is a better solution? Thanks!

        • 2. Re: What is the best way to include external files in an application?
          Gregory Lafrance Level 6

          If this post answers your question or helps, please mark it as such.


          I'm creating an application that stores data in the "applicationStorageDirectory".       


          Mac storage directory is <appData>/<appId>/Local Store/
            where <appData> is user preferences folder, typically /Users/<user>/Library/Preferences

          Win: storage directory is <appData>\<appId>\Local Store\
            where <appData> is typically C:\Documents and Settings\<userName>\Application Data
            Note: Vista uses "junctions", which behave like shortcuts but look just like regular folders.
              It is not possible to access them, and any attempt to do so will give you an "Access Denied" error.
              Here is the real folder location:
                C:\Users\<userName>\AppData\Roaming\ContactManager\Local Store\contacts.xml

          Linux: <appData>/<appID>/Local Store/    where  <appData>  is  /home/<user>/.appdata

          Here is how to code to read from and write to a file there in an AIR app:


          var contactsFile:File;
          var contactsXML:XML;
          var contactsXLC:XMLListCollection;
          var stream:FileStream;

          contactsFile = File.applicationStorageDirectory;
          contactsFile = contactsFile.resolvePath("contacts.xml");

          stream = new FileStream();
          if (contactsFile.exists) {
              stream.open(contactsFile, FileMode.READ);
              contactsXML = XML(stream.readUTFBytes(stream.bytesAvailable));
              contactsXLC = new XMLListCollection(contactsXML..contact);
              var outputString:String = '<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>\n<contacts>\n';
              for each(var xml:XML in  contactsXLC){
                outputString += xml.toXMLString();       
                outputString += "\n";
              outputString += "</contacts>\n";
              outputString = outputString.replace(/\n/g, File.lineEnding);
              stream = new FileStream();
              stream.open(contactsFile, FileMode.WRITE);




          • 3. Re: What is the best way to include external files in an application?
            erthy Level 1

            I seem to be misunderstood. I know how to write into the folder. My problem is, that I would like to include around 20 XML files within an installation of a program. I do not want to place them inside applicationDirectory, because the program has the ability to edit such files and it could not sve the cnages afterwards, because the applicationDirectory is read-only.


            My question is:

            - How do I include 20 already created external files in an installation, so that they would be placed in a certain subfolder of documentDirectory and not the applicationDirectory?