Independent UK Mac developer Barney Hilken has tweaked his popular UK Shopping channels for Sherlock to support Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther).

The developer told Macworld: "I've just finished updating UKShopping to cope with changes to retailers’ Web pages and to optimize them for Panther. Just in time for Christmas shopping".

Hilken's channels offer UK Mac users a way to search for products and compare prices using Apple's Sherlock technology. The home-grown offering plugs a gap left by Apple's failure to integrate access to European and UIK-specific channels within Sherlock, despite Apple CEO Steve Jobs' promise to deliver such access that he made during his Paris keynote speech in 2002. "We're working on it", he promised at that time.

Insider reports last year hinted the company to have a developer building such access, but in the absence of any release, Hilken's software is a robust alternative.

UK Shopping offers users comparative access to e-tailers in a number of popular categories: classical music; computers; games; music; video and books. Use of UK Shopping is free.