Remember Sherlock?

Another useful alternative to old-fashioned browsing.

Just like viewing headlines and articles in a news aggregator or navigating Usenet with a news reader is better than accessing the same information in a web browser, many other web services are more easily organized with Apple's Sherlock, which is included with every Mac. For example, I've been using Sherlock's "Movies" channel for years, because I can quickly sort by movie or theater, and view other data such as a synopsis or trailer, all in the same screen, without having to load a new web page each time I want to look at the information in a different way.

As far as I can tell, Apple hasn't updated Sherlock since 10.2 (Jaguar), and I'm pretty sure it's not even included on the default Dock anymore. I have been worried that Sherlock had been forgotten, but it turns out developers are still writing new plugins (called "channels") for the app. I just downloaded one from Global Conscious Software called First River that offers an alternative and efficient way to sort through Amazon's offerings. It currently supports the US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, and Japan Amazon stores. Click here if you want to add it to your Sherlock channels.

Posted: Saturday - April 09, 2005 at 04:49 PM