Is it possible with AS3 to prompt a file select screen to the user, get the selected file data and use it directly in the movie without the need to upload this file to the server first and then get it back? I want something like FileReference to enable the user to selected many image files then I want to display/manipulate these images directly in the movie.
Native filesystem access is not permitted in Flash applications due to security issues. AIR bridges this gap while not compromising the security.
I heard that in flash player 10, you actually can do this. I have not tested it myself, but I've seen a couple of demo videos. Here's something that google found that might be relevant.