Does anybody ever use Sherlock???

mfacey

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I think this is probably the one piece of software that comes with Panther that I NEVER use. What's the point when we have such great search tools online? :confused:
 

Blue Velvet

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Jul 4, 2004
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No, I don't.

Maybe somebody might come along and tell us why we should and what fab things you can do with it...
 

federalists

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i use it for several things. first, i use it for finding movies around my house. it doesn't do that great a job for the indie houses, but it does pretty well for major movies. i also use it for the translator. lastly, i use it to check on the status of delta flights. so it has it's uses.
 

wrldwzrd89

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mfacey said:
I think this is probably the one piece of software that comes with Panther that I NEVER use. What's the point when we have such great search tools online? :confused:
I use it to search AppleCare support documents; that's all I use it for, though.
 

telecomm

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wrldwzrd89 said:
I use it to search AppleCare support documents; that's all I use it for, though.
Same here, and I also use the dictionary. I think I'd use it a lot more if I were in the states, that seems to be the region for which most of the interesting channels have been written.
 

alywa

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I use it occasionally

It is a pretty handy program for tracking ebay items (much quicker than using ebay's site). Plus, it does a good job for movies, directions, and other quick stuff (dictionary, etc).

It has a lot of potential, but I don't think it will ever be fully realized, as I just don't think most people will see the point, when their web browser will do all of the same things (albeit with a bit more work)

-alywa
 

Xtremehkr

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It's better than Mapquest

I use it when I am looking for services that I have not used locally before. Like a plumber or something, Sherlock lists everything nearby including telephone numbers, street addresses, and even a map. I like that feature, it is more specific than search engines like google when you are looking for something like storage.

The Ebay function is pretty cool as well, it's easier to use than EBay is.
 

cluthz

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I used back in the os 8.6-9.2 days, but
when i installed osx 10.1 the Sherlock didn't work at all! (i'm takling about the osx version.) It worked after i installed os 10.2, but i never use it anymore..
 

bousozoku

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I use it from time to time for translations where I'm unsure or for web searches where google doesn't help. I think it's probably of little value to those outside the U.S.A., though.
 

tech4all

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mfacey said:
I think this is probably the one piece of software that comes with Panther that I NEVER use. What's the point when we have such great search tools online? :confused:
I like its translater and dictionary tools.
 

russed

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i have used it once or twice. mainly for translation but also for the dictionary when i cant be bothered to get mine out!
 

FightTheFuture

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i wanted to like sherlock, but when sherlock 3 came out with jaguar, it just wasn't ever as good as watson. watson was one of the reasons i bought a mac, and i used watson to check tv listings and the weather. you can't do those things on sherlock. (and if someone can find good channels that'll work please let me know)

but now that karelia sold watsons technology to sun, i really have no idea what i'll use for those tools. after using watson for as long as i have - it feels primitive to do these things in a web browser.
 

Sweetfeld28

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I used to use Watson, before Sherlock acquired its features. I still think that it is way faster than Sherlock, when loading and finding things that is.

Anyway, i hardly ever use Sherlock myself. On occasion, i do use it to find movies that are playing in my area. Hardly ever for driving directions because MapQuest is so much better.
 

jtgotsjets

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i think more people might use sherlock if it wasn't hidden away in the application folder (ie: if it came preloaded in the dock).
that way, they wouldnt have a chance to find other ways to do stuff through browsers

i like the gutenberg book searching channel, as well as translating, dictionary, and sometimes ebay, but really, i dont do any of those very often
 

macfreek57

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useful, but...

it could easily be replaced by a folder of weblinks.
the idea probably came from Watson (3rd party app from early OS X - get it? sherlock; watson) which had about the same funtionality, but for some reason seemed a lot more useful.
i think sherlock would be good if it were easy to make your own channels does it have RSS integration? if it doesn't, it probably will in tiger.
 

jsw

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I use it for movies primarily, but also for the dictionary, translations, and phone book (which I find very useful when looking for a business category or other times I'm not sure of the details). I've got it set to load (hidden) at start-up, so it's always quickly usable. I probably access it five times a week.
 

zim

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Yes, dictionary and translator. I think we have done this before...
 

mfacey

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I seem to remember that in OS10.1 Sherlock was used to do searches on the hard-disk. (I don't know about 10.2, upgraded straight to panther). Is this correct?

Seeing as they moved that feature directly into Finder, I guess it sort of killed Sherlock. Oh well. Guess it'll be dumped in 10.4, or otherwise I hope they do something to add some value.