Growl for Mac

Growl for Mac

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 28 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.2.1
File Size:
6.93MB
Date Added:
July 09, 2010
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC
Total Downloads:
20,847
Downloads Last Week:
14
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

When you're working on your Mac, sometimes things happen in the background that you would like to keep track of while working in another application. Growl works with hundreds of popular Mac apps to notify you of specific events, like when a download is completed or when your CD-burning project is finished.

For example, it can notify you when a friend comes online in Adium, when your EOD backup is done, and even pop up abbreviated versions of incoming e-mails--all while you're working on something entirely different, often with the help of app-specific plug-ins like GrowlMail, GrowlTunes, and GrowlSafari.

We like having control over what gets a Growl notification (which you can handle through easy preference pane settings) and the ability to choose from numerous skins to customize the look of each notification. Overall, if you're looking to always know what's going on with your running applications, this free program is an excellent way to stay notified. The newest version requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later.

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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    4.0

    out of 28 votes

    • 5 star: 14
    • 4 star: 7
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 3
  • Current Version:

    4.5

    out of 2 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 3 stars

    "If they have to charge, this is a 99-cent App!"

    November 13, 2011   |   By scott53

    Version: Growl 1.3.1

    Pros

    Useful, handy, great notifier and seems to be mostly trouble-free

    Cons

    The upgrade is indicated "for Lion" but I'm already running Lion with 1.2.2

    Summary

    We are a fickle bunch. Love the free stuff, but we'll turn on you if we suddenly have to pay. So, it becomes a Value Proposition. Is this app worth $1.99? Make it 99¢ and I'll pay.

    Updated on Nov 13, 2011

    that should read "99 cents" The ASCII for the "cents" character (opt+4) converted to "¢". Sorry.

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  • 1 stars

    "Bad move to suddenly start charging"

    November 06, 2011   |   By truthjunkie3

    Version: Growl 1.3.1

    Pros

    None. Required by other software

    Cons

    Charging for what had been a free package that is required by other software such as Skype. Will cause a mass exodus.
    If they wanted to milk their customer base, should have been more transparent about what was coming. Why isnt the $3 new charge listed as a change? Thats by far the most significant change in this new release.

    Summary

    Not worth the money. Move along.

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  • 4 stars

    "Good Product; But Why Now Pay?"

    November 06, 2011   |   By wstewart

    Version: Growl 1.3.1

    Pros

    I've been using Growl for many years and find it to be an excellent product for notifying me about events without my having to actually have the window open. For instance, Skype contacts that come online.

    Cons

    I see nothing in the solicitation for upgrading to version 1.3.1. Why would I want to go to the Apple Store and pay for something that I already have for free. It's not that I don't mind paying... it's just that no one has bothered to give me a reason (other than a blind solicitation).

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  • 1 stars

    "Don't like App Store"

    November 05, 2011   |   By marikavs

    Version: Growl 1.3.1

    Pros

    Growl was always free. I have 1.2.2. That was, and is, good. Now it costs money at the App Store to update it.

    Cons

    Not only do they require you to pay, there's no option to get it from anywhere except the App Store.

    Summary

    No other option than getting it from the App Store. Bad idea.

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  • 4 stars

    "I apologize but Growl is no longer free."

    November 05, 2011   |   By Yvan Koenig

    Version: Growl 1.3.1

    Pros

    My comment is not a criticism

    Cons

    I already used the free version

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