Install AIR Applications Built in Flash CS5 - dummies

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

Adobe AIR applications have several advantages over the use of standard Adobe Flash Creative Suite 5 projectors. AIR applications can work with the operating system, files, and other applications without the restrictions faced by projectors in the past.

Before giving your new desktop application a test run, make sure that you’ve installed the latest version of the Adobe AIR runtime from the Adobe web site. Any user who needs to run your application needs to also install the Adobe AIR Runtime. The good news is that many users already have AIR installed, and if not, it’s a fast, free download from the Adobe web site.

Because an AIR application (much like any other desktop application) has access to many aspects of the user’s computer, a certificate is necessary for AIR to trust an application before installing it. Though you can create your own certificate for publishing purposes, you can also obtain a certificate from globally trusted third-party providers such as ChosenSecurity, GlobalSign, Thawte, or VeriSign if you intend to distribute your application commercially.

To install and run the AIR application you created, locate and double-click the .air file you published. The Adobe AIR Runtime launches, and a dialog box prompts you to install the new application. Click Install. Your application is now installed!