Apple’s “Panther” Mac OS X update isn’t expected to be released until closer to the end of the year, but Watson developer
is wasting no time: The company has indicated that its v1.7.2 update to Watson is now Panther-ready.
Watson is a Mac OS X-native desktop interface to access lots of different Web-based data. You can look up currency exchange rates, track prices on items you’re interested in, search for recipes and much more: Watson provides access to more than 20 different Web-based services from its own interface.
Once Panther is released, this point update will enable users to see which tool is currently selected in the toolbar. What’s more, Panther compatibility isn’t the only change in Watson 1.7.2. Other changes include an adjusted preference to prevent notification of tool updates; better NetBlockade detection; better support for Amazon Web Services; fixed eBay phone parsing; and much more.
Available as a fully functional, expiring demo, Watson 1.7.2 costs US$29 to register. The 1.7.2 update is free for registered users. It requires Mac OS X 10.1 or higher (though some features require Mac OS X 10.2 or 10.3). More info is available from the Web site.