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Prompt user to save or open a document from Adobe Flash, for Adobe Air application

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I'm using Flash to create an Adobe Air application.  I need to create a link that when clicked will prompt the user to save or open a .doc, .ppt, or .xls file.  Just like html would if a link was directed to that file.  I'm aware that air won't launch an external file or program but is it possible to prompt the user to 'save' the file?
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It seem the 'fileReference' object will only allow you to point to images, .xml, or .txt files.  If referencing .docx or .ppt nothing happens
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There should be no restriction for this.
Have a look at the followin line:
file.browse(new Array(new FileFilter("Images (*.jpg, *.jpeg)", "*.jpg;*.jpeg")));

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Simply change this to
file.browse(new Array(new FileFilter("Images (*.docx, *.ppt)", "*.docx;*.ppt")));

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Or use it without any filter to allow any file type.
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The above solution uses the 'URLrequest'
public function ImageSave() {imgFile = new URLRequest("coffee.jpg"); //change it to your image path

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'URLrequest' will only work with image, or .pdf file when exporting flash as an air application.
When using the the 'URLrequest' and referencing a .ppt file it simply opens a blank window, in adobe air, rather than launching the application or prompting the user to save the .ppt file to their hd.
 
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Well the problem is not Flash from not loading the PPT, its simply that flash cannot display a PDF or PPT. The download works great with URLRequest.
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