Sherlock is basically a collection of Internet search functions, each packaged as its own channel. The default channels are listed in the Channels panel, as shown in Figure 5.18. They're also listed in the toolbar at the top of the window, along with any additional channels to which you subscribe.
Figure 5.18. The Channels area of Sherlock displays the available search functions and brief descriptions of each.
Let's take a look at each default channel's use and special features.
The Internet Channel
The Internet channel compiles search results from popular Internet search sites, such as Ask Jeeves and Lycos. As shown in Figure 5.19, each search result lists the title and address of a Web page, a relevance rating, and the search site or sites that provided the entry.
Figure 5.19. Searching the Internet from a variety of search engines is simplified by Sherlock.
To perform an Internet search, simply type your search terms into the text entry field at the top of the Internet channel panel and click the green Search button or press Return. When the results listing appears, you can select an entry with a single click to see a site description if one is available. Double-clicking launches your default Web browser and opens the page you
The Pictures Channel
Similar to searches using the Internet channel, the Pictures channel queries photo databases for digital images based on your search terms. Thumbnail images of the results are displayed in the results pane, as shown in Figure 5.20. Double-click a thumbnail image in the results to
Figure 5.20. Results appear as thumbnail imagesdouble-click one to see the original.
The Stocks Channel
The Stocks channel, shown in Figure 5.21, provides details about the market performance of
Figure 5.21. Enter a company's name or market symbol to see information about it, including recent news stories.
To find information about a company, enter its name or market symbol. Market symbols are unique identifiers, but many companies have similar
In addition to providing stock quotes, Sherlock also displays recent news articles pertaining to the selected company. To read a story, select its headline from the left of the chart and the bottom pane displays the full text.
The Movies Channel
Sherlock's Movies channel, shown in Figure 5.22, pulls together all the information you need to choose a movie and a theater in which to view it.
Figure 5.22. The Movies channel displays a QuickTime preview of the selected movie as well as theater addresses.
To use the Movies channel, you must enter either your city and state or your ZIP Code. Then you can choose to search either Movies or Theaters in your area. The Showtime pop-up menu enables you to choose the date of interest to you.
Choose one of the movie and theater listings at the top of the panel that's of interest to you, and the bottom panes of the window fill with theater and movie information. In addition to a text summary of the movie, you can watch a preview for the selected option in QuickTime.
The Yellow Pages Channel
Use the Yellow Pages channel, shown in Figure 5.23, to obtain the phone number and address for a business and to view a map of its location. Simply enter the business name and either the city and state or the ZIP Code of the area to search, and click the green button. In the middle pane, choose from among the list of potential matches to see detailed information.
Figure 5.23. Obtain contact information and personalized driving directions to businesses.
To receive driving directions, you must first enter an address in the Locations tab of the Sherlock Preferences. To do so, follow these steps:
When you return to the Yellow Pages channel, you can select the location you added in the Driving Directions From pop-up menu. The Directions pane fills with step-by-step instructions.
The eBay Channel
From the eBay channel, you can search active eBay auctions and track those of interest to you. To search, enter keywords in the Item Title text entry field and set your other parameters, such as product category, region, and price range, and then click the search button. When you choose a result from the search, its details fill the bottom panes of the screen, as shown in Figure 5.25.
Figure 5.25. If you enjoy online auctions, the eBay channel will delight you.
To track an item, highlight it in the results listing and click the Track Auction button at lower right. Changing to Track mode using the button just below the search field reveals a list of only those items you're tracking. To remove an item, select it and press the Delete key on your keyboard.