Saturday, March 26, 2011

Growl - a notification system for Mac OS X

Growl lets Mac OS X applications unintrusively tell you when things happen, being the semi-standard it centralizes the management off notification for nearly every application. You can check all applications that support Growl in the Application Database. You can call it from scripts (apple script as well as bash scripts) and it not only offers visual notifications instead you can send a email,sms or trigger other stuff.

Growl features:

Notifications
Notifications are a way for your applications to provide you with new information, without you having to switch from the application you're already in.

Control
Growl offers you complete control over which notifications are shown and how they are displayed. You will not receive any notifications that you do not want, because you can easily turn notifications (specific ones or all of them) off.

Ease of use
When you start up a Growl-enabled application, it will "just work." Your apps can start displaying notifications right away.

Consistency
Growl centralizes all your notification preferences into its preference pane - you can control them all from one place, and you know exactly how they are going to behave.

Powerful
Growl is very flexible. Notifications can be emailed to you or spoken instead of displayed on the screen.

Skinnable
Choose your favorite visual style or create new ones, you can even create scripts that instead of displaying the notification triggers a webservice or send an email.


One of my favorite styles is "basics" by Christopher Lobay


37 comments:

dgrphx said...

that last picture when you see it bricks will be shat

Rabidmoose said...

Looks handy!

Ray Rousell said...

nice one!

Stare Dad said...

So this avoids having multiple notifications in just one place?

G said...

very cool

Diorf said...

Cool app!

jambaman84 said...

oh that's pretty cool.

ed said...

looks useful to keep track of things

consuela bananahammoc said...

Growl somehow annoys me... :)

thenitefalls said...

This seems very good to keep organized! That's something I need to work on lol

Venus said...

I don´t run a lot of applications so I don´t think I need Growl.

jamierod.rodriguez said...

I always install Growl everytime I do a fresh install on a mac. It's just that useful. I believe there's a windows alternative too.

Colin B said...

Sounds pretty useful, but i don't have a mac :(

Photo Blog said...

If I ever get a mac, i will freaking love you for all your tips :P

Jay.CA said...

looks very functional. :D

dirtygamma33 said...

i use windows =[

Sam said...

Sounds great, will check it out

fabio_2007 said...

great app

p said...

ahaha lol thats a very cool picture

Justin testing said...

Speaking of standard super-useful applications, you should do a feature about Quicksilver! I know there's probably a few functions I don't know about, and it's totally awesome.

duffboi said...

this could probably be kewl.

Mike said...

I didn't realize there was so many handy tools!

Football Maniac said...

That is nifty!

elexerdelex said...

I really wonder how you get all these programms across your desk...

MxC said...

so cool!

http://www.daily-life-of-mxc.blogspot.com/

Christophe said...

Great idea for people who have lots of things happening at once.

amBored said...

that's totally awesome

Rachel Neilson said...

Macs ftw!

Crose said...

Growl is great - I've been using it for many years now. I primarily use it for monitoring blogs and email.

DisposedCheese said...

Looks good for organizing things.

Malkavian said...

This program is great only by its name alone, what do you use? GROWL I GROWL

Robert Fünf said...

That's a cool program.

Electric Addict said...

very nice! must have app

Roygbiv said...

i love growl, been using it for awhile now. its pretty handy

CaptainSerious said...

Hmm I don't have a mac but this is a great idea.

Merkin said...

Hmm, looks like it could be pretty useful.

Kompot said...

i dont have mac :(