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Reg ships Sherlock plug-in – again

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The Register is pleased to re-release a plug-in connecting our story search system into Sherlock, the MacOS' own search technology.

Re-release? Well, we've a small confession to make. We produce the first version of the plug-in over a year ago. It was popular. It was very popular. But we left it alone, and after last summer's redesign, it broke.

Since then we've received a number of emails asking when we'd fix the code. Some even asked - their senders having missed version 1.0 presumably - whether we supported Sherlock at all.

We do, and we're pleased to make it available once more. It's been completely updated to integrate with the site more efficiently, to provide more information and to support Sherlock 2, released with MacOS 9.

To use the plug-in, download it by clicking on the link below. Depending on how your browser is set up, you may need to decode the BinHex 4.0 archive the plug-in is stored in. Locate the 'reg.src' file in your downloads folder and drag it onto your System Folder, which must be closed. The MacOS will place the file in the correct location, and next time you're connected to the Net, fire up Sherlock and use it to search The Register's story archive.

Sherlock 2 users will find the plug-in listed in the News channel.

The plug-in requires (obviously) Sherlock, which has shipped with all versions of the MacOS from 8.5 onwards. It also works with MacOS X Public Beta. It doesn't work with Windows, but if there's a Linux application that can read and use Sherlock plug-ins, we'd like to hear about it.

The plug-in is currently at version 2.0.1. Notification of future versions will be posted here, and Sherlock itself should warn you of updates too.

Download

Click here to download the Register plug-in 2.0.1.

Enjoy! ®

Legal Stuff

The Register's Sherlock plug-in is provided free of charge, as is and without warranty. Readers who download and install this software do so entirely at their own risk. It has been tested on a number of MacOS systems, but we can't guarantee it will work on yours. No support is offered with this product. Anyone who is able to access the source code within the plug-in is welcome to do so, but we're not responsible for the effects of such inquisitiveness.

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