After extensive searching, I can’t believe I’m the only person who is having trouble getting Adobe AIR apps to recognize my default browser.
My default browser (Mac OS X 10.4.11 Tiger) is an Intel-optimized build of Firefox 184.108.40.206, aka “BonEcho” that a guy named Neil Lee is nice enough to whip up for us Mac folks.
Why not regular Firefox 2? BonEcho has some configuration tweaks which make it run a tad smoother on Macs. It also contains pretty form widgets. If you’ve ever seen the ugly form buttons on a Mac running Firefox 2, you know what I’m talking about.
But wait, you say, Firefox 3 beta 4 is optimized to run smoothly on Macs and has pretty form widgets! I know, I know. I tried it for a while. Not stable enough for me yet. Too many crashes and it was especially buggy with the Remember the Milk plug-in that I now heavily rely on. Not to mention how much I hate the heavy default Mac theme. Why do Mac windows have to be so dark and dreary?
BonEcho is set as my default browser system-wide, and every application that has a click-through link doesn’t have a problem with this and opens the link as expected. Except for AIR ones.
Every time I click a link in Twhirl, I get this:
“Close Firefox: A copy of Firefox is already open. Only one copy of Firefox can be open at a time.”
If I close Firefox (BonEcho) and click a link, same problem.
The problem happens with other AIR applications I use (such as the outstanding Google Analytics app), too. So it’s not an issue with the individual app. I have an email in to Adobe, but I’m curious if anyone had any ideas to make this work.
I know it may be related to an invisible .parentlock file. However, as soon as I delete that file and try and click another link it comes right back. The problem is AIR.
If Word, Excel, Zinio, Text Wrangler, etc. can recognize that a hyperlink should open in BonEcho without complaining about it, so should AIR.