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adobe air is used to create an executable file that's installed on a users system.
Thanks. What would be an example of this?
any app that needed to access files on the user's computer would be appropriate for air.
regular swfs have very limited access to the user's file system while air apps can read and write to the user's file system (with some restrictions).
i've created air apps that were distributed by companies to their sales force and that created a database on the employees computers and used that database to allow sales personnel to give quotes to the company customers using a uniform pricing structure. the company could update their sales force prices uniformly when sales personnel checked into the company website.
that was an improvement over their previous faxed price updates that relied on sales personnel receiving and using the latest prices and had no easy way for the company to ensure everyone was using the latest prices without manually checking.
Adobe AIR is a cross-operating system runtime that lets you combine HTML, Ajax, Adobe Flash®, and Flex technologies to deploy rich Internet applications (RIAs) on the desktop. Adobe AIR also allows you to use familiar tools such as Adobe Dreamweaver® CS4, Flex® Builder™ 3, Flash CS4 Professional, or any text editor to build your applications and easily deliver a single application installer that works across operating systems.