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03-06-2008, 06:56 PM
Does anybody have an example of how to create a file browse dialog box that will open (xml file) the selected file in the AIR app. I've been looking, but everything I see has to do with selecting a file and uploading it. I want to select a file and open it.


03-10-2008, 11:29 PM
you are looking for "browseForOpen". This will open a native file dialog and, when the user selects a file, returns an event with the native path.

the code below is fragmentary, but should give a sense of how you pull in a string and cast it to an XML object.

private var _data:String;
private var _dataXML:XML;
private var fileToOpen:File;

function selectTextFile(root:File):void
var txtFilter:FileFilter = new FileFilter("Text", "*.as;*.css;*.html;*.txt;*.xml"); // file filter object tells open dialog what is selectable

root.browseForOpen("Open a Semester to Edit", [txtFilter]); // open the file

root.addEventListener(Event.SELECT, fileSelected); // event for when user selects a file

function fileSelected(event:Event):void
var stream:FileStream = new FileStream(); // open filestream
stream.open(fileToOpen, FileMode.READ); // open the file
_data = stream.readUTFBytes(stream.bytesAvailable); // read file
stream.close(); // close file
_dataXML = XML(_data); // cast the string to XML