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

Posted on 2011-02-27
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Last Modified: 2013-11-11
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?
Question by:markus7878
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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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ChristoferDutz earned 2000 total points
ID: 34993219
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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Author Comment

ID: 35033512
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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ID: 35034195
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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by:CWS (haripriya)
ID: 36321177
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