has released a new application, TuneFinder X, and a maintenance release of Watson, the extendable application from that gives an “Aqua” user interface to a number of Internet-based services such as stock quotes, telephone lookup, and movie listings.
TuneFinder X, an index of over 13,000 melodies and themes, is freeware. With it, you can play a few notes from a melody with the mouse with an on-screen piano keyboard; the program then searches its database for the best matches and displays the name of the composer and composition. It requires Mac OS X 10.1 or higher.
TuneFinder X is based on the TuneFinder application by Elbert G. Smith. Version 4.11 of the original TuneFinder, which requires Apple’s HyperCard Player, is also available on the Karelia Web site.
Watson 1.7.1 adds a “Clear Searches” menu to remove the history of search terms and new preferences for setting the number of searches remembered in the search “combo boxes.” There are other minor fixes and tweaks, as well.
Watson 1.7 is downloadable as a fully functional, expiring demo. Registration is US$29 for a single-user license and $39 for a “household” license. Watson requires Mac OS X 10.1 or higher, and certain features require Mac OS X 10.2.