Interestingly, the Shu Player (native standalone app wrapper for AIR) looks like it's folding up because AIR2 "somewhat negates the need for Shu" -- still, I think a there's no way to do a standalone .air app?
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Yes, native installers handle installing the AIR runtime if it is needed. If AIR runtime is already installed, the native installer proceeds to installing the AIR app only. If AIR runtime is not already installed, the native installer will download and install the required runtime and then proceed to install the AIR app. If AIR runtime is installed but version is insufficient, the native installer will download and install the required runtime and then proceed to install the AIR app. I hope this answers your question. Please let me know if you have further questions about native installers.
Yep that answers it quite thoroughly, thanks! Sounds like a great feature which should hopefully address the issues I've had in the past with distributing an AIR app.
One thing I notice is that it has to download AIR, which means internet connection is necessary. Is there any way to package the correct AIR runtime inside the installer so no internet is needed, or any plans for such a feature in the future?
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Currently in AIR2, packaging the correct AIR runtime inside the installer (e.g. native installer side car installation) is not supported. However, work is being done on it and will be released in the future. Thanks for your patience. Glad we can address some of the issues you've had in the past with distributing an AIR app.