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Growl for Mac

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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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4 stars

"nice reminder of when background programs are completed"

July 28, 2010  |  By lsebek

 |  Version: Growl 1.2.1


Works extremely well with Mail and iTunes


A voice-over feature would make it better

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5 stars

"great notification tool"

July 21, 2010  |  By mzlzdwz

 |  Version: Growl 1.2.1


gives me up to the minute notification of things I need to know


nothing so far

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.2.1
  • New disk image background ([7de3aa4ef83e])
  • Fixed Spanish translation error in disk image background ([7de3aa4ef83e])
  • Replaced GrowlMail in Extras folder with a link to the GrowlMail web page, since it's now separate from Growl releases ([2608c36bf8e9])
  • Updated copyright ranges to include 2010 ([fb2a6317c10c])
  • Handles old plug-ins you can't use anymore more sanely ([384b50bb0ab1])
  • Fixed MailMe display generating invalid messages, which may manifest as receiving blank messages or messages getting eaten by mail servers ([40ea1dbbdbc5])
  • Speech display now reads notification titles as well as descriptions ([49d5f4f052c8])
  • Speech display now obeys the rate set in the Speech prefpane (#112, [acff121c0155])
  • WebKit-based displays are now much, much faster ([073a82c1a4fb], [fe44b97253d1], [1f9563105fd9], [d8b57dfcd2ae])
  • WebKit-based displays can use frames now ([6fb5820ed75e])
  • Hopefully enabled relative URLs in WebKit-based display styles ([04cd118c896e])
  • Fixed the positioning hang (#103, [4a2eb058f472])
  • Worked around a bug that caused WebKit-based display windows to sometimes be only 1 pixel tall (#108, [6ae6091ed8c6])
  • Fixed gradually-increasing memory usage over time, especially when using WebKit-based display styles ([ce8b07d8de26], [cd1d446f791b], [507967d00c44], [693159a5f0e8])
  • Fixed forwarding recipients not being able to listen for connections ([8b8d2ecd6c25])
  • Fixed a crash when trying to load application tickets with no application name, reported by Hannes Mannerhiem ([07b66c657951])
  • Growl now automatically detects when you put plug-ins in the PlugIns folder yourself ([49a403343bf0])
  • Added a sample display plug-in for Cocoa display developers ([2eca58333ab2])
  • Fixed lazy loading of plug-ins ([9c0b9f927d0e], [4e571142d4ce])
  • Growl now loads application tickets once instead of twice ([c5151d9559e7])
  • Fixed a memory leak when loading saved application registrations ([f8ebcae026f6])
  • Added a log message for when a saved registration contains a bundle identifier that isn't a string ([e423155bfdf1])
  • Fixed excessive memory usage in the logging subsystem ([697f666f8b4a])
  • Fixed a memory leak when clickable notifications fade out or are clicked, reported by Wim Leers ([275650724c61])
  • Fixed bogus disabling of plug-ins that shouldn't have been disabled ([5e2b01d86037], [8fe45fd61f7d])
  • Fixed bogus disabling of MailMe when you have no sending accounts set up in Mail ([4ac369b906c7])
  • Updated the "Get More Styles" link on the disk image
  • Added a version string to the MailMe display ([1c3b7b4c4a12])
  • Fixed copying a header file into the release distribution ([233e2eb2e3da])
  • The preference pane now displays the revision number for development builds ([f2deb58c350d], [3994e363a689]--this caused the above known bug)
  • Fixed displaying the revision number instead of the beta number ([cd4744807767])
  • Fixed a bunch of bugs in parsing, comparing, and unparsing version numbers ([d71f842e5297], [8e4e8d23bf2d], [dac1afb94166], [4afa80e74a25], [cf3cc57fd5f7], [ae36d1878499], [ec1cf41d2ca4], [273618d372b1], [5fa478e3475a], [987556ed56e3], [e21dae320e19], [e49d3c2578db], [4a9574d9aaa9], [40f6776be4ce], [683a0b610604], [b6283642466e])
  • Fixed many warnings ([bed4a154b38f], [9fefef3a977e], [37955381cd55], [c3d029da13dc], [6b34f4156f6b], [99d368aa61c3])
  • Fixed building from a tarball ([f5c4f91c5261])
  • Burninated some old code we weren't using ([9a290d3de636], [15cfd9b13707], [2db8a7ee4378])
  • Restored your ability to click a "Download finished" notification to reveal the downloaded file in the Finder (#118, [d34cd7d301f5])
  • Now has an icon ([9b7248bc54c2])
  • Robustified in a few places ([9bf3d74dc04f])
  • Fixed a hang on Snow Leopard under certain circumstances (#114, [1a19b81fa305], [1a71a675d862])
  • Fixed notifications that don't have album art showing the iTunes for Mac OS icon when iTunes for Mac OS is installed ([c9988887095c])
  • Ripped out code supporting old versions of iTunes; GrowlTunes now requires iTunes 4.7 or later ([1965ad0e7d66])
  • Fixed GrowlTunes notifying while iTunes is the active application (#112, [1b90cdbf5fc4])
  • Updated minimum OS version for Growl, preventing bogus installation prompts ([2f99d2f175f4])
  • Only ever register with a running GrowlHelperApp, never a GHA that isn't running ([3cbd662ab3c1])
  • Fixed a leak in sending the registration event ([987d555071f6])
  • Fixed leaks that occurred when running in a garbage-collected application ([845941e3fa7f], [383d84e26955])
  • Fixed warnings and analyzer flags ([d969316df385], [a1733bc0be40], [b5cd8c227a69], [ebe7f0a2ff4d], [714a3c623b46], [1a0499744fd3])
  • Now uses an Installer package for installation ([729689fd7751], [3d044b381433], [d96c40713701], [08081c3654f0])
  • Fixed leaks ([4ec3953889a2], [19e93ceaef16], [febb38b502a7])
  • Fixed warnings ([c928953c5ec9], [4077d115b390], [02d3d0481b6b], [53cb25bcdfea], [2cbf094215a6])
Publisher The Growl Project
Publisher web site http://growl.info
Release Date July 09, 2010
Date Added July 09, 2010
Version 1.2.1
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Tweaks Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 6.93MB
File Name External File
Total Downloads 21,859
Downloads Last Week 6
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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