I just converted two AIR apps from native exe installers (requiring AIR installed) to Captive Runtime relases (just a folder structure).
One difference i see is that my applications now load a little slower (because of the packaged instead of installed runtime?).
When using flex 4 sdk the white and centered flex4-loadbar now appears for a few seconds before the splash screen of the app. appears. The same happens when using flex 3 sdk (in compatibility mode) but instead the "initializing" text appears.
Is this slowdown a known effect of the captive runtime packaging?
I responded to your other thread in the bugs forum but wanted to also respond here.
I'm not aware of any slower performance implications when using the captive runtime but I'm going to investigate further. In the meantime, would you mind opening a new bug over at bugbase.adobe.com regarding the startup performance hit? It would be great if you could also provide us with a sample application that illustrates the slower startup time. If you'd like to keep it private, please email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.