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Growl for Mac

10 March 2020

Notification system for OS X apps.

What is Growl for Mac

Growl is the is ultimate notification system for the Mac. It's the easiest way to instantly know what is going on with other applications while you are busy working on something else, in real time or even when you step away.

One day we were working with pictures in iPhoto while having a conversation in Adium. While waiting on something important to come through in the conversation, we had to keep clicking back and forth every time an instant message came through. Even though we knew were getting a message we'd have to click back to the Adium window to see what was being said. The idea for Growl was born out of the frustration of being forced to click back and forth to see what was going on. The real time notifications keep you up to speed with everything you need to know. With smooth notifications and Growl's one of a kind rollup window, you'll always know what's going on even when you have to step away from your Mac.

Never before has there been anything that personalizes notifications in such an effective way. You can receive notifications in several ways, such as on screen, via email, or even have them spoken to you. Plus if you know a bit about web technologies (CSS/XHTML/Javascript) then you can make a Growl style look how you want it to.

What's new in Growl

Version 2.1.3:
  • Fixes an issue on OS X 10.9 where sending notifications to Growl will result in Growl logging "(null) doesn't have enough information..." whenever it receives an incoming packet.
  • The on/off slider is more accessible now.
  • Adds an improvement to how the selection of the default plugin worked in the displays tab.
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Naoh
Naoh
Mar 10 2020
2.1.3
0.0
Mar 10 2020
0.0
Version: 2.1.3
Just as a quick note about version 2.1.3. It has not been updated since 2014.
Fromage-Head
Fromage-Head
May 21 2016
2.1.3
0.0
May 21 2016
0.0
Version: 2.1.3
Except a slight blinking from my growl notifications everything seems to work OK with Yosemite. While it's good to have Apple make its own system, they unfortunately (as always) strip it down too much, forcing me to often switch it off (because I can't filter the type of notifications I want, it's all or nothing) or use Growl if I can.
stew-1
stew-1
Feb 1 2016
2.1.3
1.5
Feb 1 2016
1.5
Version: 2.1.3
It's still useful, but it's got so many bugs and has been completely unmaintained for 2+ years. Yet they're still charging for the app even though users can build it themselves from the open source.
Big Johnson
Big Johnson
May 3 2014
2.1.3
0.0
May 3 2014
0.0
Version: 2.1.3
The uninstaller SUCKS! Since I upgraded to 10.9+ a few days ago, Growl was placed in an "incompatible Software" folder so I decided to get rid of it and try the Notification Center. I hate notifications in the top right corner and no customization options, but I'll try it for a while and see if I can tolerate it. The uninstaller said "uninstallation successful." Then I noticed Growl was still in the Apps folder so I drug it into AppDelete. Besides the App, there were also 3 folders remaining in my Library and one at root in /private/var/folders.
Jazzyguy
Jazzyguy
Oct 31 2013
2.1.3
5.0
Oct 31 2013
5.0
Version: 2.1.3
I like this version and I am glad I bought it for Mavericks.5 stars for sure.
Old-guy
Old-guy
Oct 11 2013
2.1.2
0.0
Oct 11 2013
0.0
Version: 2.1.2
Question: What is the + for using Growl when Mac OS X 10.7, 10.8 and 10.9 has this by default?
Jazzyguy
Jazzyguy
Sep 27 2013
2.1.2
5.0
Sep 27 2013
5.0
Version: 2.1.2
Growl is a useful application and very utilitarian.
VRH
VRH
Aug 1 2013
2.1
5.0
Aug 1 2013
5.0
Version: 2.1
I *love* Growl. It's so much more flexible than OS X's built-in notification system. I hope more and more developers continue to integrate Growl into their applications.
hmfwic47
hmfwic47
Feb 1 2013
2.0.1
5.0
Feb 1 2013
5.0
Version: 2.0.1
I have 2 Growl icons and 3 Hardware Growler icons in my iMac's dock. I checked and I have only one app of each installed. Anyone having the same problem?
JaredRide
JaredRide
Dec 11 2012
2.0.1
1.0
Dec 11 2012
1.0
Version: 2.0.1
I purchased via the mac app store and feel robbed. No notifications for incoming mail messages???? Please help... please.
sjk
sjk
Dec 5 2012
2.0.1
0.0
Dec 5 2012
0.0
Version: 2.0.1
Works fine except for inability to clear notifications for specific apps in the Growl Notification Rollup; only clearing all of them works (and I wish there was a keyboard shortcut for doing that).
Nontroppo
Nontroppo
Dec 5 2012
2.0.1
4.0
Dec 5 2012
4.0
Version: 2.0.1
Growl is still a valuable utility for managing notifications, even in the age of 10.8 and its Notification Center (NC). However, the official support for NC is actually worse than the previous non-official plugins because you cannot select on an application basis what goes to NC, and every notification is labelled as Growl no matter what app it originally came from. Why can't growl treat NC as a "style", so we can choose on a per-app basis whether to use it and thus also have notifications named correctly. This is why for me Growl is currently a 4-star utility.
Jazzyguy
Jazzyguy
Dec 4 2012
2.0.1
5.0
Dec 4 2012
5.0
Version: 2.0.1
I like this Notification System and am glad to vote it 5Stars. I wish I could give it more!
SawtoothRising
SawtoothRising
Oct 1 2012
2.0
0.0
Oct 1 2012
0.0
Version: 2.0
will not let me choose no display style permanently, only lasts until reboot/shutdown then its back. I want to use bark dammit!
Whateverrrr
Whateverrrr
Sep 26 2012
2.0
4.0
Sep 26 2012
4.0
Version: 2.0
I like Growl but it seems they've removed the option they had (in conjunction with Hardware Growler 1.3.2) to add an individual sound effect to various hardware interactions, and have now decided to just have one sound effect assigned to everything. Why ? Ever thought about partially sighted people who heavily rely on this option to tell them when they've connected/disconnected certain hardware because they used to have certain sound effects assigned to those pieces of hardware, but now won't have a clue which hardware is connected/disconnected because they're forced to use only one sound for everything ? Nope... I bet they didn't ! Bad call Growl Project... may I suggest you have a heart & fix it & leave this option untouched in the future ? :-|
RTouris
RTouris
Sep 20 2012
2.0
4.0
Sep 20 2012
4.0
Version: 2.0
Let me start off by saying that I have been a HUGE growl fan since it's inception and believe me when I say it's been a long time ago... Now; on to the newbies..Ver. 2.0 is definitely an improvement over 1.4 which was the previous version, that is if you're on 10.7, because I get the feeling that the devs still have quite a few things to sort out with 10.8's Notification center. Back to 10.7..I claimed that this is an improvement over 1.4...however I fail to see why oh why this needed to spin off ver. 1.2.2 which was free to say the least and worked like a charm. The subsequent releases introduced a myriad of problems (even the buttons where hard to comprehend as to which way they swayed)...v. 1.4 was the first one I used in Lion 10.7.4 and back then for some strange yet familiar to the devs reason this failed to launch at startup, a problem to which i found a solution digging into their less-than-stellar-user-friendly new website and even then in some instances it would again fail to launch.... On to v.2...all is good for the time being, buttons remade, quite a few things tweaked here and there, a good feeling overall..hang on a sec though..it's now a 64bit process and together with Hardware Growler they both occupy well over 300MB of memory according to Activity monitor...Hm, there must be something nasty going on here, I never recall these two occupying such hefty system resources, granted these are now 64bit processes and this by itself accounts for a bit of increased memory footprint..and sure it won't be a problem on my iMac @ work with 8GB of RAM, but how about my MacBookPro2,2 with only 3GB (maxed out), now that could be a potential problem..for a combo that costs a bit over $5 if I'm correct.. ** confused **
Smitty078
Smitty078
Sep 20 2012
2.0
0.0
Sep 20 2012
0.0
Version: 2.0
When the option to "forward notifications to OS X" is on, any growl notification shows up under "growl" in notification center. I would really prefer if each app showed up on its own. Perhaps this is a limitation of notification center.
Macs-Pain
Macs-Pain
Sep 20 2012
2.0
0.0
Sep 20 2012
0.0
Version: 2.0
So, installing Adobe CS5 installs Growl without any notice and without asking if I want this app at all. And now I should pay for a program that comes with Adobe CS which isn't very cheap anyway. WTF?
Timbuk2
Timbuk2
Sep 20 2012
2.0
0.0
Sep 20 2012
0.0
Version: 2.0
After installing 10.8.2 Growl refuses to let me custom where notifications pop up. For instance I would like HardwareGrowler notifications to pop up in the lower left corner. I can configure Growl to do so, but they still only pop up in the top right corner. Am I doing something wrong or is this a known bug?
Lnr1
Lnr1
Sep 20 2012
2.0
0.0
Sep 20 2012
0.0
Version: 2.0
Can you just fix the issue with it no launching at startup already...
reves
reves
Jun 17 2012
1.4
3.0
Jun 17 2012
3.0
Version: 1.4
This new version doesn't open at startup for me. I saw several users complaining of the same issue in forums. I sent several mails to the developer but no answer :-(
anonymous-moose-4942
anonymous-moose-4942
Jun 9 2012
1.4
0.0
Jun 9 2012
0.0
Version: 1.4
Everything is so...big. Do on/off switches have to be so enormous?
Tommy-Gun
Tommy-Gun
Jun 9 2012
1.4
4.0
Jun 9 2012
4.0
Version: 1.4
It is still a good addition to < OS X 10.7 but with the upcoming Mountain Lion it is for sure obsolete because ML will have a very good notification build in.
Fishscale
Fishscale
Jun 9 2012
1.4
0.0
Jun 9 2012
0.0
Version: 1.4
Version 1.4 uses about 20mb more of real memory than 1.3. I wish I would not have upgraded... damn you MAS, I can’t downgrade! If you don't need the "new" features... I'd skip this version.
Snowlprd
Snowlprd
Jun 9 2012
1.4
0.0
Jun 9 2012
0.0
Version: 1.4
This is supposed to be an open-source project, but it doesn't look like the source for 1.4 has been released, unfortunately: https://code.google.com/p/growl/
Unicorn
Unicorn
Mar 8 2012
1.3.3
0.0
Mar 8 2012
0.0
Version: 1.3.3
Does not allow you to re-add applications listing at all after removing them. Uninstalling doesn't work. Cleaning the app (via app uninstaller) does not fix it. This should not be a problem, but it is a terrible flaw entirely.
Snowlprd
Snowlprd
Jan 27 2012
1.3.3
0.0
Jan 27 2012
0.0
Version: 1.3.3
Growl Fork is still rocking it. Don't need the extra features in 1.3.x, don't need the Apple Store, and don't need the extra expense. Thanks again, Mr. Metzger!
Alrescha
Alrescha
Jan 17 2012
1.3.2
0.5
Jan 17 2012
0.5
Version: 1.3.2
The complaints are accurate. The latest version of Growl from the App Store can't stay running for more than 24 hours. Either the Dock icon or the Menu item will become unresponsive, forcing you to kill the app. Do not buy.
psygn
psygn
Dec 28 2011
1.3.2
4.0
Dec 28 2011
4.0
Version: 1.3.2
Growl is great when it works, however, the process seems to stall when I put the system to sleep after a few times. No, it's not the notification settings that's keeping it to stick, the whole process craps up with a beachball as I hover over them. I use an external monitor hooked up to my MBP. Not sure if that's causing it, but it does work most of the time and for that I'll give it a 4 out of 5. Also, why isn't there an option to manually place the notification? Wouldn't it make more sense to be able to place it beside the dock in the corner of the screen to fill in the gap? Is there a reason this can't be done?
kjconrad
kjconrad
Dec 12 2011
1.3.2
5.0
Dec 12 2011
5.0
Version: 1.3.2
I love Growl. With a 3rd party plug in called Prowl I have set up important notifications to be sent to my iPhone.
Zeroin
Zeroin
Dec 9 2011
1.3.2
0.0
Dec 9 2011
0.0
Version: 1.3.2
@ chris.com Of course and I agree on the 70% but... My problem is not that of developers making well deserved money. My problem is with Apple for the extortion to the developer, who has to pay a cut (mafia stile), to the end user who either buys at the Apple app store or is out of luck, the Mac community which in the long run is the loser. Cheers
Zeroin
Zeroin
Dec 8 2011
1.3.2
0.0
Dec 8 2011
0.0
Version: 1.3.2
Over the years I have found Growl very useful indeed. Sadly, as it is the case for many other apps, I seem to be stuck in the past...by choice. I refuse to go along with the Apple Store "racket", I would be very happy to pay developers directly and continue to support sites like MacUpdate. It would be fine to offer a more convenient to users, it is down right wrong not to have an option of where to buy. If you buy at the Apple Store you are endorsing Apple's 30% extortion on developers, which you pay. I am honestly surprised more Mac users are NOT making an issue out of this.
Snowlprd
Snowlprd
Dec 7 2011
1.3.2
0.0
Dec 7 2011
0.0
Version: 1.3.2
I neither need nor want the extra features introduced in 1.3 — I just want Lion compatibility, which is exactly the Growl fork delivers: a version of Growl 1.2.x that's been updated to work with Lion. Bravo, Mssr. Metzger! http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/41038/growl-fork
Writestuff
Writestuff
Dec 7 2011
1.3.2
0.0
Dec 7 2011
0.0
Version: 1.3.2
I eventually managed to install version 1.3.2, but wished I hadn't! None of the apps that used Growl, TypeIt4Me, Skype and TechTool Pro would launch and threw up a window full of data as to why. Running uninstall failed to solve the problem, so I removed all the Growl items with Find Any File. Next I downloaded and installed the three apps again and all is working - except for Growl which I will never install again.
Guest
Guest
Dec 7 2011
1.3.2
0.5
Dec 7 2011
0.5
Version: 1.3.2
Free for years and years, now $2 but buggy as hell? I fart in your general direction.
Writestuff
Writestuff
Dec 6 2011
1.3.2
0.0
Dec 6 2011
0.0
Version: 1.3.2
Just downloaded 1.3.2 but in the 'About' it says it is version 1.2.2. Is this a typing error or what?
Texspleen
Texspleen
Dec 6 2011
1.3.2
0.0
Dec 6 2011
0.0
Version: 1.3.2
There are only a few mac apps that are " Must Haves" and this is one of them.
Hachepunto
Hachepunto
Nov 28 2011
1.3.1
4.0
Nov 28 2011
4.0
Version: 1.3.1
Growl is a "muts to have" Mac app. 1.3 versión make positive and attractive inovations. Only few things I think should be improved, like filters for "Rollup" and "History", customizing precisely window notification position bye application. The price is great for a fun and priceless application.
Libertyforall1776
Libertyforall1776
Nov 15 2011
1.3.1
0.0
Nov 15 2011
0.0
Version: 1.3.1
A potential issue is, many apps are not updating their built-in Growl framework versions to the latest. This free app will tell you which, and allow you to update the ones with permissions: Growl Version Detective http://growl.cachefly.net/Growl%20Version%20Detective1.2.app.zip
Xplicit
Xplicit
Nov 14 2011
1.3.1
0.5
Nov 14 2011
0.5
Version: 1.3.1
Growl 1.2.2 for Lion: 1.2.2f (http://basementcoders.com/2011/10/episode-47-fork-you-growl-interview-with-perry-metzger/) Download here: https://bitbucket.org/pmetzger/growl/downloads
Ronl
Ronl
Nov 14 2011
1.3.1
0.0
Nov 14 2011
0.0
Version: 1.3.1
A caveat. Read the reviews regarding Growl 1.3.1 on the App Store before upgrading. I've been using Growl for quite a while with no problems so I am not trying to bad-mouth the app (but I'm at version 1.2.2). Just be careful.
Macnorsk
Macnorsk
Nov 11 2011
1.3.1
4.0
Nov 11 2011
4.0
Version: 1.3.1
Thanks to one awesome guy, Growl was forked and is still available for free and is Lion compatible. Download the free Growl from https://bitbucket.org/pmetzger/growl/ It works great. I installed it as soon as I saw that Growl was no longer free (iMac 2.8GHz i7 Mac OS X 10.7.2)
69number69
69number69
Nov 8 2011
1.3.1
0.0
Nov 8 2011
0.0
Version: 1.3.1
It's all about money!No thanks,even if it is less than $2.00 It's redicoulous!
Guest
Guest
Nov 6 2011
1.3.1
0.0
Nov 6 2011
0.0
Version: 1.3.1
i noticed that the latest growl themes (plugins) are now based on simple css, making it simple for a user to customize the text, colors, notification width, etc. on applications such as rumpus or imontime where you can type in multi-line text (in text boxes) for growl notifications, i notice that for each line break (enter), growl displays a full blank paragraph line, with these new css themes. i tried shift-enter for line breaks but the output is the same. does someone know if it's the host application that needs to be updated or if this behavior can be changed in the css code?
Xplicit
Xplicit
Nov 6 2011
1.3.1
0.5
Nov 6 2011
0.5
Version: 1.3.1
I actually need software which is reliable and that includes the software not depending on any so-called platform. I really liked the old preference pane approach. Features, Ease of Use, Value, Stability, all 5 stars but overall growl gets only half a star from me because of MAS only.
Nontroppo
Nontroppo
Nov 3 2011
1.3.1
4.0
Nov 3 2011
4.0
Version: 1.3.1
Yay, the menubar icon is gone (well removable). We can run it silently and just run the app when needing to set prefs, perfect! And, I think the new roll-up and notification history do make 1.3x a significant upgrade to 1.2x. Still have to see if the discrete GPU problem is fixed (hm, should be able to find the commit log somewhere for this?)
Aeschylus
Aeschylus
Nov 3 2011
1.3.1
0.0
Nov 3 2011
0.0
Version: 1.3.1
So is it still a Menu bar program? Still not useable, if that is the case. I'll just keep the old version which seems to work just fine.
Donmontalvo
Donmontalvo
Nov 1 2011
1.3
0.0
Nov 1 2011
0.0
Version: 1.3
Growl 1.3 is only available at the App Store. When we try to download it there, it does not respond. Have they pulled Growl 1.3? If so maybe they should hide Growl until it's ready?
Harv
Harv
Nov 1 2011
1.3
0.0
Nov 1 2011
0.0
Version: 1.3
Sadly, the current version no longer works with SuperDuper! Details are at: http://www.shirt-pocket.com/forums/showthread.php?t=6539&page=2
nattkrigare
nattkrigare
Oct 12 2011
1.3
0.0
Oct 12 2011
0.0
Version: 1.3
What an epic fail. Such a nice freeware notification went MASware only. None of these applications which migrated to MAS I'm using any longer. Would donate a few bucks to the developer if the notification was still available within his website, but MAS is no no for me and a lot of other users of MacUpdate. Feel sad about Apple using the right direction in Mac OS X development and too many developers following them to hell :(
GeogProf
GeogProf
Oct 11 2011
1.3
0.0
Oct 11 2011
0.0
Version: 1.3
Have there been any actual improvements to Growl since it switched to shareware? I mean, what advantages accrue to those who buy this new version? For a significant point-update, like 1.2.x to 1.3, it’s a bit annoying when developers use the boilerplate statement “Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.” But it’s twice as annoying when they forget to include the version number in the ‘About XXX’ section under the app’s eponymous menubar item.
wickedsp1d3r
wickedsp1d3r
Oct 7 2011
1.3
0.0
Oct 7 2011
0.0
Version: 1.3
I keep continuing to use version 1.2. That's all. There's no reason to update.
Uniquepito
Uniquepito
Oct 6 2011
1.3
0.5
Oct 6 2011
0.5
Version: 1.3
Huuuge, huge fail! Not even worth for the money!
Moep
Moep
Oct 6 2011
1.3
1.0
Oct 6 2011
1.0
Version: 1.3
Growl died with version 1.3, but that’s ok since we all know that OS X 10.8 will implement the iOS5 notification system on the desktop. Until then I’m content with using the old version and I just received my refund from the MAS.
Ryde
Ryde
Oct 5 2011
1.3
0.0
Oct 5 2011
0.0
Version: 1.3
I am also unhappy and worried about the what is happening to Growl. I'd be willing to pay my share for the continued development of Growl as a pref pane item, but I don't want to purchase Growl as an app from the App Store.
Tom-bovo
Tom-bovo
Oct 5 2011
1.3
0.0
Oct 5 2011
0.0
Version: 1.3
Moving this to the app store is great for the developer. That is the problem—great for the developer, but not for the user. By not offering a simple downloadable version, the developer is forcing users to do things his way or the highway. A lot of users will be taking the highway as they won't deal with the app store.
Fishscale
Fishscale
Oct 5 2011
1.3
0.0
Oct 5 2011
0.0
Version: 1.3
Just as a note, I did buy 1.3 even though I did not think I really needed the new features, just have been using the software for a long time, it's worth 1.99$. Unfortunately I found it uses double the ram as version 1.2.2 (latest version before MAS). Just be warned, I bought it and went back to the pref pane. I didn't find anything special about 1.3. They bloated a lightweight background app imo. Ahh I hate MAS, but who here doesn't. ;)
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
Oct 5 2011
1.3
0.0
Oct 5 2011
0.0
Version: 1.3
I think Christopher could have saved himself a lot of trouble keeping up with the comments here if he had made some release notes available. For instance, I was unaware when I purchased the Growl update at the App Store that it had switched from a preference pane to an application. As a result, I wasted time sorting this out that could have been saved with a little more information up front. In addition, he could have explained his reasons for moving to the App Store, which might have relieved some of the angst expressed below by users upset with the change. That said, it's clear from the volume of comments that Growl is a popular app. All the criticism is, in the end, something of a backhanded testament to Growl's value and utility. Growl would be a bargain at twice the price and more. As for complaining about the App Store, while users' issues are not insignificant, judged by how popular it is with developers, it's clear the store offers them abundant advantages that we don't fully understand.
Guest
Guest
Oct 4 2011
1.3
0.0
Oct 4 2011
0.0
Version: 1.3
i have to agree with the comments below. how can an app that, let's say, even changes its license from freeware to shareware at some point down the road but we know it's a good and useful app with a good fanbase, and let's say, starts to sell at 5$ which most users won't mind shelling out the cash for, anyway, but on the upside it's available to everyone on the developer's website, can be less lucrative than to be available in the appstore only (10.6.6-below users get excluded on the spot) for $1.99? do we really need appstore to find the software we need? it's not the price we have a problem with, it's the narrow-minded control. i have found the most brilliant pieces of software for mac, in lo-profile, foreign language websites (shinichiro's excellent shoot 'em up games come to mind) and they will never get the recognition they deserve. i must say the brainwash is doing wonders. but you know what? if it's not broken, don't fix. most of the times, we update just to not be left out and have the "latest fresh version"... most of the times, we also get new bugs introduced, no new features or even worse, annoying new features. i'm not too much of a rant guy but every cat has its day.
Xplicit
Xplicit
Oct 4 2011
1.3
0.5
Oct 4 2011
0.5
Version: 1.3
How much I dislike "AppStore only" ...
Solefald
Solefald
Oct 4 2011
1.3
0.0
Oct 4 2011
0.0
Version: 1.3
Essentially what will happen is all applications that had Growl support will simply remove it and implement their own notifications, possibly based on the old free version of Growl. If the intention of Growl devs was to kill their project, I think they nailed it.
Misterc
Misterc
Oct 4 2011
1.3
0.5
Oct 4 2011
0.5
Version: 1.3
Doesn't work with most apps that used to work just fine with v1.2.2 and now has an annoying status bar menu item. 1.2.2 worked perfectly with Lion and worked with all my apps. 1.3 is a huge fail and I will be getting a refund. When the developers can put back the support for all the apps they broke with this 'upgrade' I'll re-purchase. Until then... 1.3 in the trash.
Shaahin
Shaahin
Oct 4 2011
1.3
4.0
Oct 4 2011
4.0
Version: 1.3
I like the new Interface and icon. However, disappointed that: 1- Can't hide the menubar icon 2- Can't remove the menu bar icon using command-drag. 3- Using growl as a preferences pane.
Macinman
Macinman
Oct 4 2011
1.3
5.0
Oct 4 2011
5.0
Version: 1.3
I thought it a bit strange that they changed growl from a prefpane to an application, and put it through the app store. However, I was willing to upgrade because growl has been essential for me to provide text to speech support without the functionality directly built into the app. What I would do in the example Linkinus (a current irc client ) is to have all messages forwarded to growl and then use the speech display. 1.2.2 just didn't work reliably in lion when it came to speech so I'm glad to see a lion specific update. I haven't had any usage issues other then a few apps not seeming to want to register withal growl. The latest version of item 2 seems to be the one app that won't use growl 1.3 currently. Other then that no complaints here.
Tom-bovo
Tom-bovo
Oct 4 2011
1.3
0.0
Oct 4 2011
0.0
Version: 1.3
Growl, as of v1.3, is now distributed through the app store. I uninstalled it immediately. The small donation is not the point--the requirement to use the app store is the point and means this goes away.
Nontroppo
Nontroppo
Oct 4 2011
1.3
4.0
Oct 4 2011
4.0
Version: 1.3
More worrying than the menubar icon and loss of pref pane (which are the idiotic constraints of the app store!) are: 1) There are reports of Growl 1.3 forcing the GPU into discrete mode permanently, which will *drain battery life on laptops*. 2) Much higher memory use due to the new app design. 3) Several functions like mail are yet to be updated... If V1.2.2 got lion bugfixes and was €5.99 I'd buy it in a flash, V1.3 emasculated for the app store with significant new hardware requirements is a whole other ballpark...
Caberlin
Caberlin
Oct 4 2011
1.3
0.5
Oct 4 2011
0.5
Version: 1.3
Why do programmers think these days that they are alone on this planet. THERE IS LIMITED SPACE in the menu bar and there is no reason for an app like this to use up that valuable space at such a dominant place that does not need permanent user interaction at all. Just forget the APP Store and it's limitations for pref panes: I would be willing to pay for Growl the regular way (even five times the amount from the app store=) but NOT for an app that eats up menu space for nothing.
Iliketrash
Iliketrash
Oct 4 2011
1.3
0.0
Oct 4 2011
0.0
Version: 1.3
* First: Growl is great. * Half the posts are now going to be from people whining that it costs $1.99. Just stop it. * It's still open source. * If what you want is an e-mail alert, Herald can't be beat (and doesn't require Growl). * It looks like the App Store has another victim. Growl is now an app because the App Sore doesn't allow Preference Panes, so this apparently somehow requires another piece of valuable real estate in the menu bar. It's possible to have a faceless app but I suppose Apple doesn't allow those to be sold through the App Sore. Maybe someone will figure out how to include a code with an App Sore purchase that allows a full-featured version of the app to be downloaded from a web site without additional charge. * Someone please make a menu bar app that moves selected menu bar items into a single drop-down menu.
Iliketrash
Iliketrash
Oct 4 2011
1.3
0.0
Oct 4 2011
0.0
Version: 1.3
* First: Growl is great. * Half the posts are now going to be from people whining that it costs $1.99. Just stop it. * It's still open source. * If what you want is an e-mail alert, Herald can't be beat (and doesn't require Growl). * It looks like the App Store has another victim. Growl is now an app because the App Sore doesn't allow Preference Panes, so this apparently somehow requires another piece of valuable real estate in the menu bar. It's possible to have a faceless app but I suppose Apple doesn't allow those to be sold through the App Sore. Maybe someone will figure out how to include a code with an App Sore purchase that allows a full-featured version of the app to be downloaded from a web site without additional charge. * Someone please make a menu bar app that moves selected menu bar items into a single drop-down menu.
Manis
Manis
Oct 4 2011
1.3
0.0
Oct 4 2011
0.0
Version: 1.3
Growl was a wonderful utility for a long time. I'm using it since I got my first Mac. I also think it's fair to charge a little amout to sustain development. But Growl is a basic utility. It's dependent of applications who use Growl to display notifications. There should stay a free (probably Ad-supported) version running at least on Leopard+. If I were a software developer, I'm not sure wheter I would keep providing notifications through Growl as I can't tell the user "Just install this little utility and it works" anymore. Don't get me wrong, I would pay for Growl, but I'm a (Snow)Leopard-User and now I left staying in the rain. Thank you very much for that. But I'm not so sad about that, because I don't want Growl to run in my Menu Bar and I like the PrefPane way much more. To me, Growl 1.3 is an absolute No-Go, sorry.
W@t3rc00l3d
W@t3rc00l3d
Oct 4 2011
1.3
0.5
Oct 4 2011
0.5
Version: 1.3
So sad that they took this road and leave open source. One may fork their 1.2 code and update it to Lion. Who will install Growl now that it can't be bundled with other apps? I won't update to 1.3. That is said. I prefer to make changes by myself in 1.2 code so that it works great with new Lion functionalities. BTW 1.2 (FREE, you can still download it) works fine in Lion.
Mkay
Mkay
Oct 4 2011
1.3
0.0
Oct 4 2011
0.0
Version: 1.3
Very bad idea. Charging for extras like the message history is fine, but simply flipping the switch is a very a short-sighted move. Growl serves as an addon and relys on apps using it. There should remain a lite version for basic notifications. How many app developers will add Growl support to their apps when it requires the customer to purchase a 3rd party app? disappointed.
Frankof
Frankof
Oct 4 2011
1.3
0.5
Oct 4 2011
0.5
Version: 1.3
Paid instead of free would be acceptable - as the price is reasonable. What I will not accept is the transition to an menu-bar app. My screen real estate is already over-populated, and I don't want another icon there. The good thing about Growl was that it did its job in the background, without requiring lots of resources. I'll stay with the previous version for as long as possible, and then wave farewell to Growl unless things change to the better again.
Peterpan23
Peterpan23
Oct 4 2011
1.3
1.0
Oct 4 2011
1.0
Version: 1.3
Bad decision to move from a PrefPan to a MenuBar-App!!! Growl now eats approx. 140 MB physical memory (the app has only 8 MB after cleaning from unneeded localizations). Bye Bye Growl
Libertyforall1776
Libertyforall1776
Oct 4 2011
1.3
0.0
Oct 4 2011
0.0
Version: 1.3
I'm not sure if this serves any purpose any longer since 10.7 supports iOS style push notifications...
Aeschylus
Aeschylus
Oct 4 2011
1.3
0.0
Oct 4 2011
0.0
Version: 1.3
I don't mind using the Mac App Store or even the price, but a MENU BAR ICON?? I don't have room for another one. I loved the pref pane because it didn't take up valuable real estate. So goodbye to Growl.
Nontroppo
Nontroppo
Oct 3 2011
1.3
4.0
Oct 3 2011
4.0
Version: 1.3
What would be great was some information on what has changed (apart from free->pay) and what is in the pipeline for growl...
Solefald
Solefald
Oct 3 2011
1.3
0.0
Oct 3 2011
0.0
Version: 1.3
Uhm... This app was only marginally useful when it was free. I just realized that i never installed it after Lion upgrade. Most of the apps I used either don't need or have built-in notifications anyway. Good bye growl
Harv
Harv
Oct 3 2011
1.3
0.0
Oct 3 2011
0.0
Version: 1.3
I went the upgrade route, not because I am so enamored with this app, but because I do use it and no shareware developer stays in business by giving his property away. Sadly, fewer than 10% of the users ever make a (voluntary) donation. As a tip (learned the hard way), I suggest (provided you have a backup) running the Growl Legacy Uninstaller prior to making the purchase from the Apple Store. The uninstaller can be found at http://growl.info/documentation/growl-package-removal.php#1.2easy And, FWIW, Growl is no longer a Preference Pane, but is now an app with a Menu Bar icon.
Mannyk2020
Mannyk2020
Oct 3 2011
1.3
3.5
Oct 3 2011
3.5
Version: 1.3
Sad to see this go commercial and now we have to pay for it.
Sitting-In-The-Sun
Sitting-In-The-Sun
Oct 3 2011
1.3
0.0
Oct 3 2011
0.0
Version: 1.3
does this vernon work with mail on 10.7.2 ? if so happy to pay asking price, missed email notifications since update to lion.
Big-Mac-XXL
Big-Mac-XXL
Oct 3 2011
1.3
0.0
Oct 3 2011
0.0
Version: 1.3
Growl 1.3 is commercial now. I just turned off "automatic updates" in case they install me a pay version. Nothing wrong about commercial, nothing wrong with the mini price of $1.99. I just don't use the AppStore, and Growl ist not essential on my Mac. It just shows some status messages. That's nice, but else...? When it stops working here I won't miss it. Just a toy less. More focus on my work, until another toy distracts me. :-)
mistacabbage
mistacabbage
Oct 3 2011
1.3
0.0
Oct 3 2011
0.0
Version: 1.3
Wow we're charging now.
Yoxi
Yoxi
Oct 3 2011
1.3
0.0
Oct 3 2011
0.0
Version: 1.3
Important!! When installing v1.3 from the App Store, do NOT follow the instructions to run their deinstallation script for older versions (like 1.2.2) - until they fix the bug in their script, running this script will delete v1.3, and there will be no record in the App Store that you ever bought it. Should be fixed soon.
F451
F451
Oct 3 2011
1.3
0.0
Oct 3 2011
0.0
Version: 1.3
Growl appears to now be MAS and Lion only for version 1.3.
Theothertim
Theothertim
Sep 16 2011
1.2.2
5.0
Sep 16 2011
5.0
Version: 1.2.2
Is anyone having difficulty adding styles in OS X Lion (10.7.1) with version 1.2.2 of Growl? When adding new styles they cause Growl to cease working; the preview button produces no action. If I logout and back in the preview button works and the styles I added work. The Growl forums are locked, which is why I am seeking help here. Thanks.
kbaxxx
kbaxxx
Aug 30 2011
1.2.2
5.0
Aug 30 2011
5.0
Version: 1.2.2
Great app - love the configurability, stability, functionality.
Macinman
Macinman
Aug 8 2011
1.2.2
5.0
Aug 8 2011
5.0
Version: 1.2.2
Hi, I seem to have found an incompatibility with growl, and Lion. I am a Legally blind user, and I use the speech display in growl instead of a physical display theme. Well what happens is, when growl is speaking text from an application, speech from the system speech server, e.g. from apps that output speech both through growl, speech stops. I tested this connection to the bug by going to the growl prefpane and clicked the stop growl button, speech from the speech server and other apps, instantly resumed normally. I am using growl 1.2.2
imarci
imarci
Aug 5 2011
1.2.2
5.0
Aug 5 2011
5.0
Version: 1.2.2
One of the best Mac app for general users! Free and simple, compatible with nearly all Mac apps. It's a must for users, who likes productivity! ;-)
gcoghill
gcoghill
Jul 19 2011
1.2.2
5.0
Jul 19 2011
5.0
Version: 1.2.2
Love me some Growl. As an info junkie, you can't beat it. Highly configurable, and the companion apps for iPhone Howl and Prowl) for push notifications make it even better. I'll gladly pony up for the 10.7 App Store release.
Libertyforall1776
Libertyforall1776
Jul 8 2011
1.2.2
0.0
Jul 8 2011
0.0
Version: 1.2.2
Growl is free no more, once it comes to the App Store: http://www.tuaw.com/2011/07/08/interview-growls-project-lead-on-coming-to-the-mac-app-store/ :( The whole point of it being free was mass-adoption, I thought. This just goes to show that Growl-like functionality should have been baked into Lion by Apple... No, I don't just mean Push Notifications...
v5point0
v5point0
Jun 3 2011
1.2.2
0.0
Jun 3 2011
0.0
Version: 1.2.2
I keep getting an Image FIle Corrupted unpacking the latest 1.2.2 - even from the Growl Homepage
Goldyn-Chyld
Goldyn-Chyld
May 25 2011
1.2.2
0.0
May 25 2011
0.0
Version: 1.2.2
GrowlMail still doesn't work...
Pepelepugh
Pepelepugh
May 25 2011
1.2.2
3.5
May 25 2011
3.5
Version: 1.2.2
It's ok until you receive a few dozen emails in one go. Then it just locks up the computer while it bounces new email notifications all over the screen. It's a shame this isn't better at multitasking/thread handling.
orhon
orhon
May 10 2011
1.2.1
4.0
May 10 2011
4.0
Version: 1.2.1
Love it! Really nice app. :)
Jazzyguy
Jazzyguy
Mar 27 2011
1.2.1
5.0
Mar 27 2011
5.0
Version: 1.2.1
How do I get rid of the GrowlMail plugin? I tried to gind it in ~/library/mail/plugins and it wasn't there. I went to growl and removed it totally but everytime I start mail I get a message that GrowlMail is not suited for mail. I don't use Growl Mail and never did. I'm using 10.6.7
Smactron
Smactron
Nov 29 2010
1.2.1
0.0
Nov 29 2010
0.0
Version: 1.2.1
Is Growl (and Growl Mail for that matter) compatible with Mac OS X 10.6.5?
Hotodi
Hotodi
Sep 25 2010
1.2.1
0.0
Sep 25 2010
0.0
Version: 1.2.1
I made a German Videotutorial how to hide some messages in Growl. Ich habe mal ein Videotutorial gemacht, wie man in Growl einige Nachrichten gezielt ausblenden kann. In meinem Fall ging es speziell um XMarks. Video: http://youtu.be/3UDlkcksdkY?hd=1
Maboroshi
Maboroshi
Jul 10 2010
1.2.1
0.0
Jul 10 2010
0.0
Version: 1.2.1
so... besides the updated copyright there's really nothing new with growl itself is there?
Holypoly
Holypoly
Jul 9 2010
1.2.1
0.0
Jul 9 2010
0.0
Version: 1.2.1
oops, too fast on the enter key http://growl.info/
$3.99

3.9

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