Sherlock

Let’s face it—Sherlock is an aging hero, soon to take its final bow. At one time, it was a cutting-edge Web tool that was fine-tuned to bring you certain popular kinds of up-to-date Web info, without the waiting and ads of a Web browser. But in Tiger, Dashboard serves the same purpose with quicker startup, far more modules, and much better looks.

Across the top of the Sherlock window are what Apple calls channels: toolbar icons, much like Dashboard widgets. Each brings you one targeted kind of Web information.

Among the channels that can safely be retired are Stocks, Phone Book, Flights, Dictionary, Translation (all of which are now in Dashboard), and Internet (a basic Web search, supplanted by Safari’s Google toolbar). Even Sherlock’s eBay tracker is a lame duck, since Dashboard has some terrific widgets that do the same thing. (Check apple.com/downloads/dashboard.)

But three remaining Sherlock modules are still useful, in some cases because they’re not yet available as Dashboard modules. Here’s a rundown.

Pictures

Need a photo of something? Type whatever you’re looking for into this channel’s “Picture Topic or Description” box—Santa Claus, October squash, Keanu Reeves—and then press Enter. In a flash, you see thumbnails of photographs from stock-photo Web pages all over the Internet that match your search (see Figure 21-14). Double-click one to view it on the actual Web page in your browser, so that you can download it—and pay for it.

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