Any thoughts? Anyone?
AIR applications are always installed on the user's computer. You cannot run an AIR application on a website. On a web page, you can include a link to download or install an AIR application.
AIR applications can access local files.
Flash Player applications can also access local files, but the user first grants permission. For example, see the FileReference.load() and FileReference.save() methods (added in Flash Player 10):
Thanks Jeff. I think I was a little confused because my programmer is writing an Air application in Flex 3 and said that he could publish it as either as an Air application or a web application. I took that to mean that you can embed Air into a web application. So what you are saying is that if it is an Air application, it is a desktop app, and if it is embedded in a webpage, it is a Flash app. Is this correct? And if it is a flash app running in a browser, it cannot freely access local file the way that Air can. Please let me know if I am understanding this correctly.
That's right, William.