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Sherlock is a great "metasearching" tool for finding information on the Internet, but it's not the only one available: If you can't (or don't) want to use Sherlock, take a look at these alternatives:
For the Macintosh OS

For the Apple Newton

For the Windows OS


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Mac System 7 or higher:

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Lazy Mountain Software's "Lazy Search" is similar to Sherlock, supports Sherlock & 3rd-party plug-ins, and includes a plug-ins manager to keep your plug-ins organized. They claim it requires at least a Mac II running System 7.0 or higher. This product is Shareware, which needs to be paid in order to add more plug-ins.


 

Clearway Corporation's "WebArcher" includes a number of built-in website search engines, and claims an ability to automatically select the proper engines to use based on your search strategy. Does not support Sherlock plug-ins and you cannot add or customize the built-in websites.Works with System 7.5 & above, and nearly every browser. This product is a Retail software package, with a 30-day fully-functional Demo available at their website.


Copernic Technology's "Copernic" takes your search strategy, runs it in up to thirty (30) popular search engines, sorts results by relevance, removes duplicates & dead links, provides a summary of each site found, highlights the search terms, and downloads all sites found to your hard drive for off-line browsing. Best of all, they offer freeware and shareware versions. The Downside? To write your own plug-ins you'll have to purchase their most expensive commercial version.

NOTE!

Copernic Technology has announced that "Copernic" is being discontinued on the Macintosh platform. (Check out "Glooton" instead!)


From those same people who brought you the excellent (and free!) program Metagenerator, Glooton is a free metasearch program that uses ordinary Sherlock plug-ins. They claim it allows you to define sets of plug-ins, supports relevance ranking, removes duplicate links, and checks for dead links. It's available in both Mac OS and Win-32 varieties, and their web site includes a number of links to Sherlock-related web sites. (This program is paid for through advertising.)


For Apple Newton Users:

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"Hemlock", one of many tools for the Newton written by Sean Luke, allows Newton users to run searches using standard Sherlock Plug-ins and displays results in a scrollable list "similar to the results in the Newton's Find panel." Hemlock is freeware, and requires Steve Weyer's Newt's Cape to function properly.
Tip! These two sites have many more helpful tools for the Apple Newton!


Wintel Platform:

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Copernic Technology's "Copernic" takes your search strategy, runs it in up to thirty (30) popular search engines, sorts results by relevance, removes duplicates & dead links, provides a summary of each site found, highlights the search terms, and downloads all sites found to your hard drive for off-line browsing. While freeware and shareware versions are available, you'll have to purchase their most expensive commercial version to write your own plug-ins.


From those same people who brought you the excellent (and free!) program Metagenerator, Glooton is a free metasearch program that uses ordinary Sherlock plug-ins. They claim it allows you to define sets of plug-ins, supports relevance ranking, removes duplicate links, and checks for dead links. It's available in both Mac OS and Win-32 varieties, and their web site includes a number of links to Sherlock-related web sites. (This program is paid for through advertising.)


 

The firm "3 Potato 4", based in Seattle, Washington, offers the program "SHO" (.pronounced "show") that also uses a "plug-ins" architecture: Select from over 20 plug-ins at their site, write your own, or (better yet!) import Apple Sherlock plug-ins. The website "betabites" shows product screenshots. This product is Shareware, with a portion of the fee donated to "a non-Religious charity".



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Disclaimer: These plug-ins and any associated programs at this website have been provided to make your searching with Sherlock more convenient & productive. While they have been thoroughly tested & work just fine on my Macintosh, they are provided "as is" without warranty or remedy of any kind: You assume any risks in using this software, and are solely responsible for any outcome resulting from such use. Unless explicitly stated, these plug-ins were created solely by the Author through direct examination & use of the websites mentioned, and are neither endorsed nor supported by Apple Computer or the specific websites they are designed to work with.

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