The all new Sherlock is dramatically better than standard web browsers at retrieving and displaying some of the most practical and useful information available on the internet, like stock news, general headlines, movie previews, locations and show times, yellow pages listings, eBay auction activity and much, much more. Sherlock displays each of these ‘channels’ in its own arrangement of columns and panes. You can click quickly through the information to find exactly what you’re interested in, Sherlock changes the window presentation appropriately as you move among channels.
Interested in going to a movie tonight or this weekend? The Movie channel lets you browse among movie title or nearby theaters, and it will show you everything from theater locations to show times, ratings, run times, summaries, and trailers, all in a single window that lets you switch instantly among the possibilities. The Stock channel keeps a list of what you look up so you can click among them for the current price, a performance graph you can change the time line for on the fly via a popup menu, and a list of news headlines you can browse, reading the stories in the pane below. Want to follow the story to its web page? A double click will take you there.
By the way, Sherlock uses your browser to fetch web pages from any channel when appropriate, and some of the channels are designed explicitly to help you scan among possibilities looking for the page you want. Type the name of a person in the Pictures channel, for instance, and get back thumbnails directly linked to the pages with the full images, and the details about the size of the images as well.
It’s best, though, to think of Sherlock as a service provider that just happens to use your browser to fetch web pages as one of the services it provides. Need something translated from one language to another? Ask Sherlock. Want a real dictionary definition of a word alongside a real thesaurus listing of related words? Ask Sherlock. Wish you could use the yellow pages without wrestling with all that floppiness and weight, and instantly see a location map for each entry you browse? Ask Sherlock. And you can look forward to asking Sherlock to perform more and more services for you as time goes by.
What's new in this version:
Availble only as part of the Mac OS X 10.2.2 update.