Dan Wood, whose Watson web services software was pushed aside by the steamroller that was Sherlock 3, has since been working on another application: a web page editor called Sandvox.
Plans were made to start unveiling Sandvox to the press at Macworld next week; things were looking good. Then someone claimed to have found a reference to something called “iWeb” on Apple’s web site, and the rumor mill cranked into overdrive. Might Wood be a victim of Apple’s steamroller twice?
Even if the iWeb reference is true, the name ‘iWeb’ could mean a lot of things. Yes it could be a web pages editor, but it could also be a new interface for .Mac, or a new tool combining iCal calendars and Address Book calendars with .Mac accounts. Perhaps it’s a personal web clippings database or a weblogging/podcasting tool (as opposed to a page editor).
Whatever it turns out to be, Dan Wood is making use of his company’s size and agility to change plans at the last minute. He’s announced that Sandvox will be released as a public beta on Monday, giving everyone time to try it out. Then, if iWeb is real and does something similar, Dan will still have the satisfaction of saying that he got there first.