Growl for Mac

Growl for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 28 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.1.3
  • Total Downloads:
    21,426
  • Date Added:
    December 19, 2013
  • File Size:
    6.93MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    21
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.7/10.8

Editors' Review

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Growl for Mac sends you notifications about the tasks running in the background, shows you previews of incoming emails in real time, and can even tell you when one of your chat buddies comes online. It basically enables you to keep track of what's going on in the background while working in another app.

Pros

Notifications for system events: With Growl for Mac you can choose what apps to receive notifications for through downloadable and configurable plug-ins. Because it integrates with most popular Mac apps, you can receive all kinds of useful notifications, for new emails, new social messages, or the completion of a scheduled process or task.

Wide range of supported apps: It supports many common programs that as a regular Mac user you are likely to use, including Adium, Yahoo Messenger, Twitter, Monitor for Facebook, as well as a wide range of utilities, games, music, and entertainment apps.

Email previews: The snippets of new emails it shows you can help you decide whether the email is worth your attention or not.

Cons

Doesn't work with certain native Mac apps: In our tests, Growl didn't seem to work with Safari or iTunes.

Not for light users: If you use only one application at a time and don't run many programs in the background, you don't really need it.

No free download: The lack of a Lite version or at least of a trial version strikes us as odd. If you want to use this app, you have to buy it.

Bottom Line

If you have a lot of running programs to monitor, Growl for Mac can make your life a little easier, saving you the trouble of having to switch between apps all the time. Because there's no trial version available, however, do check the developer's website to make sure it supports your favorite apps, or else you may be wasting your money on it.

 
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User Reviews
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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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4 stars

"nice reminder of when background programs are completed"

July 28, 2010  |  By lsebek

 |  Version: Growl 1.2.1

Pros

Works extremely well with Mail and iTunes

Cons

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

Pros

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

Cons

nothing so far

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4 stars

"Snow Leopard now complete!"

September 22, 2009  |  By EdtheMacDyer

 |  Version: Growl 1.2b4

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
I have been reduced to one "space" since SL came out, but now that Growl is updated, I can safely confine Adium and other chatty apps to other spaces.
Growl is an effective tool for showing heads up displays for many apps that may update (or may not) their dock icons. For a dock hider like myself, and multiple space user, this utility is INVALUABLE.
Try in conjunction with GrowlMail and hardware growler. For sysadmins, use growlnotify and use the "listen" feature in the pref pane to monitor your flock of sheep, whether it be workstations or servers.

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5 stars

"Great but may slow Mail.app"

August 03, 2009  |  By Stempnakowski

 |  Version: Growl 1.1.6

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
I love Growl and use it to keep track of what applications I have running in other Spaces are doing or receive notifications of system events.

One thing I have noticed with this version and Apple's Mail in Leopard is that it seems to interfere with user interaction with the program. For example, when Mail is downloading messages and the Growl notifications are being displayed, I cannot select/view a message in mail, change to another folder, or access any of Mail's menus. I never had that problem with any previous version.

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4 stars

"Great app!"

June 07, 2008  |  By P356

 |  Version: Growl 1.1.3

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
Still a great app. Good to have full leopard compatibility.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.1.3
  • Fixes Growl for 10.9.
  • Makes the Notification Center switch in General Preferences more accessible.
General
Publisher The Growl Project
Publisher web site http://growl.info
Release Date December 19, 2013
Date Added December 19, 2013
Version 2.1.3
Category
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Tweaks Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.8, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 6.93MB
File Name id467939042
Popularity
Total Downloads 21,426
Downloads Last Week 21
Pricing
License Model Purchase
Limitations Not available
Price $3.99

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