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Chapter 9. Using Sherlock for Internet S... > Understanding Collections and Channe...

Understanding Collections and Channels

Sherlock is like using a Web browser to gather information over the Internet such as: stocks, flight information, movies, phone numbers, and much more. Sherlock uses a system of collections and channels to organize your Internet contacts, almost like a sophisticated bookmark system. Collections () represent group names for specific areas of interest. For example, you could have a collection representing Web sites that offer help on Panther, or a collection of your favorite cooking sites. Channels are the actual sites assigned to the collections. By navigating through the channels you can quickly locate the exact information that you need. To use Sherlock you'll need a connection to the Internet, a desire to explore, and that's it.

Due to the differences between Panther, and earlier versions of the operating system, you cannot use channels and plug-ins from earlier versions of Sherlock with Sherlock 3. The Sherlock application is located in the Dock, or you can find it in the Applications folder. Once the program is opened, you can select from the preset collections on the toolbar or through the Collections column, and then select from the available channels. Clicking on a channel opens the specific choice within the Sherlock window. At that point, it's almost like browsing a very organized Web page: You can click on links, open pages within a browser window, even upload images and documents to your computer. It's a one stop, one shop, ultimate Web surfing application.


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