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4.5.5
04 December 2014

Growl notifications for iCal, iTunes, RSS, weather, and more.

PorkPieHat
27 September 2010

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Just too expensive. Free is more realistic, but maybe I'd consider $5 if it worked flawlessly.
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Version 4.0.5

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Jazzyguy
05 December 2014
Excellent Application. Very nice GUI, I also would like more weather and other dta but for now it is good.
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Version 4.5.5
2 answer(s)
Jazzyguy
Jazzyguy
09 December 2014
The only criticism I have is that the windows in the news go by too fast to launch them.
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Jazzyguy
Jazzyguy
03 January 2015
The Notification for News is driving me Nuts, before I get a chance to launch it ,it disappears.This is not true in SnowLeopard because Growl is used. But i use Yosemite most of the time.
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Abrego000
31 January 2014
Nifty little app. Would like to see even more notification support for other apps (i.e. Outlook), but not sure if possible.
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Version 4.5.5
Mtcobra
25 September 2012
I notice that there is no icon with this version. A blank spot on the dock — that's OmniGrowl. The invisible spot works, however. Even on the MU listing, it's missing.
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Version 4.5
UserinNEW
03 September 2012
Is this program going to be updated with the new features in ML? I prefer growl.
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Version 4.4.5
UserinNEW
03 September 2012
Nice Program. Would like to see support for iChat as CHATx is no longer being updated. (That I can find) Thanks for your hard word!
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Version 4.4.5
Wooden-Brain-Concepts
15 August 2011
The initial release of OmniGrowl version 4.3.4 was inadvertently Intel-only. Thanks to a user e-mail, this was corrected within a few hours. If you have a PPC, please re-download the universal version. Thanks.
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Version 4.3.4
Pepelepugh
27 May 2011
Looks very expansive.
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Version 4.3.3
Kevie
02 January 2011
Looks good on the surface. I'll give it a try, and if it suits my needs I'll be more than happy to contribute. If not, I'll delete. Thanks to the developers for allowing me the option of trying before buying.
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Version 4.1
1 answer(s)
Kevie
Kevie
04 January 2011
Downloaded it. Liked it. Paid for a license.
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PorkPieHat
27 September 2010
Just too expensive. Free is more realistic, but maybe I'd consider $5 if it worked flawlessly.
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Version 4.0.5
5 answer(s)
Wooden-Brain-Concepts
Wooden-Brain-Concepts
03 January 2011
Thanks for the comment about the pricing. It may not be obvious but more of our time is spent on OmniGrowl than any other application we develop. To get the tidy notifications it gives from so many sources, it requires constant updating and creative text formatting tricks, as well as keeping up with tech changes (for instance the radical change in MobileMe calendars). Honestly this should be a $25 application in terms of the time involved in development. Thank you for considering our perspective on this.
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GeogProf
GeogProf
04 January 2011
I honestly don't care how much time and effort it took to make OmniGrowl, or to keep it current, and supply and demand has never worked that way anyway. People only care about what a product is worth to them, and as I've said, this isn't worth much. Sorry, but that's the way the capitalist model has worked for at least 1200 years.
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Willgr
Willgr
21 August 2011
Let's not forget "profit motive" in a discussion of capitalism. Without incentive and the ability to stay in business, supply and demand mean little. So, to bring this post back around to the application here, I happen to think $12 is a fine price, take it or leave it. A computer is only as good as its suitability to task and that, is almost fully dependent on software to make it perform useful functions. If you can afford a $1000 or more computer, of any make, you can afford some software to make it work, or do you buy a razor and then never any razor blades because they are too expensive? Sorry for the tirade here at the end, but come on...do you work for free, GeoProf?
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A-Wedlake
A-Wedlake
18 September 2011
It seems that people want to talk more about the definition of "Capitalism" than the actual program here. It's unfortunate that we have to slog through these irrelevant comments to find an actual reviews or a constructive critique.
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Psychiatry
Psychiatry
16 June 2012
Customers will buy OmniGrowl if it is worth the price. The ones that won't pay for it are not worthwhile keeping. Apple customers are more than willing to pay a high price for their Macs, iPhones, iPads, and iPods. And they are more than willing to pay lots of money for their apps. I support OmniGrowl's developer. They should price it in terms of how much they believe it is worth, just like Apple prices its computers. The cheap customers are the ones who file the most complaints and are the ones who can never be happy. They aren't worth the headaches. LIke Apple, it is best to cater to the high end.
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Archaeogeek
29 November 2009
Excellent app, nicely updated, however, I admit that for all its features, it just lacks the thing or two I'm looking for and for which I'd fork - ichat and mail support; mail growling at least works temporarily with property list hacks, but the newer version of chax is, well, still alpha, and still very unstable, and with Chax 2 not working in SL, it makes a rather important thing to me (growl provides better deaf access than the built-in deaf access feature in the OS) unavailable.
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Version 3.7
1 answer(s)
Wooden-Brain-Concepts
Wooden-Brain-Concepts
31 December 2009
Thanks for the support. We never considered supporting iChat because Chax works well, and there was only a short period where it didn't work on Snow Leopard. Recent versions seem to work very nicely. Similar reasoning for Mail -- this function is supposed to be provided by Growl as an extra. If you think otherwise, please feel free to send product suggestions to support. Can't guarantee they'd be implemented, but all good suggestions considered.
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Version 3.7.2
Steven-Goodheart
23 September 2009
This is one of the best programs I've bought in the last year. It is tremendously versatile in terms of the kinds of pop-up notifications you can set and is my favorite Growl add-on, without a doubt. The programmer was right on top of Snow Leopard and changes to Growl itself, and best of all, the program keeps evolving...like the new iTunes features this update has added. Love it! Can't recommend enough.
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Version 3.7
I liked this software and would have considered purchasing it until I got into a dispute with the developer because he used my mail address without my permission to distribute beta software to a group. They used my address in the To: list and was very offended when I suggested that they should use Bcc. Be very careful when you give them your mail address.
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Version 3.0
1 answer(s)
Wooden-Brain-Concepts
Wooden-Brain-Concepts
07 July 2008
For the record, although we did not agree with the sense of dire urgency of the tone of this person, we have taken to heart these concerns. Although for many years WBC has sent out betas to groups of people who have reported problems with a particular version, without any complaint, from now on we won't do this without asking first. Also, we were not at all "very offended" when this person "suggested" we "should use Bcc". She stated that she was "very surprised" and "upset". We simply tried to explain our view on the matter. She responded to her professed privacy concerns by sending out a blanket email to everyone on the original list, which we felt completely contradicted her position. At any rate, we regret the whole incident.
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Version 3.1
It has been reported by several people that OmniGrowl 3.0 is opening its preference window at startup even though that option is not checked. I consider this top priority for a fix, but unfortunately I am on vacation until July 3 and have no access to the source to fix it. It will be fixed by July 7 or earlier. Sorry for the inconvenience. If there are any other issues besides this one please report them to woodenbrain at kagi dot com so a proper maintenance release can be produced ASAP after my return.
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Version 3.0
1 answer(s)
Wooden-Brain-Concepts
Wooden-Brain-Concepts
07 July 2008
This issue is fixed with version 3.1. Thank you to those who reported it, and sorry for the inconvenience.
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Version 3.0
Sajdak70
05 June 2008
Good work, nice piece of software. I would like to say thanks to developers for their hard working. Maybe a website could be more modern and more attractive. :-)
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Version 2.5.2
8 answer(s)
gcoghill
gcoghill
23 June 2008
I agree on the website comment, the MacUpdate page is far more informative than the developers own webpage for OmniGrowl.
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Version 3.0
Wooden-Brain-Concepts
Wooden-Brain-Concepts
24 June 2008
Thanks for the comments. I'm aware the web site needs redesign but its never been a priority. I'd rather focus on making useful applications than web design, as it's just me out here. Still I'll take it under advisement!
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Version 3.0
gcoghill
gcoghill
24 June 2008
I suppose it's one of those things where if you can't even find a full feature list on the apps own webpage, you start to wonder if the app itself might be unfinished. Also might make one wonder about support issues. I've demoed OmniGrowl in the past and it's a very nice application. But had I stumbled across it outside of MacUpdate, I might not even have given it another look. Something as simple as a changelog, a basic overview of features and at least a full list of the main features added in the newest version might be a bit more reassuring. A screen shot or two would also help. Hope this doesn't come across as negative, it's purely constructive criticism. The app itself seems great, it's just the "packaging" that might turn some people off. Just the reply from the developer bumps this up a notch in my book, sometimes I don't even get replies from (or get very delayed responses from) devs to which I've paid money for licenses and contacted for support.
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Version 3.0
Wooden-Brain-Concepts
Wooden-Brain-Concepts
14 July 2008
You asked for it... you got it: http://www.woodenbrain.com/ Total redesign! Enjoy, comment, post, etc. This is the first official public announcement.
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Version 3.1
MacUpdate-Lon
MacUpdate-Lon
14 July 2008
WoodenBrain Developer: Some days ago I noticed your website changes, and I believe all your apps' pages here at MU have had their associated URLs updated to reflect the changes you've made.
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Version 3.1
gcoghill
gcoghill
14 July 2008
Wow, now that's what I call taking suggestions to heart! The new website is light years beyond the previous one - great job!
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Version 3.1
Sajdak70
Sajdak70
14 July 2008
great work! The new website is much, much better than the previous one. I like it. Thank you for you hearing to customers needs and wishes. :-)
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Version 3.1
Wooden-Brain-Concepts
Wooden-Brain-Concepts
17 July 2008
Thanks for your encouragement (and prodding ;-) on this. Since I last posted the notice I've further improved the web site: the side bars now all have roll-over buttons and the web forum is complete. Now back to the thing that matters: product development! Thanks to MacUpdate for so quickly updating the product links. How DO you guys keep "track" of all this? ;-)
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Version 3.1
db
05 June 2008
this is one fine piece of work ... and 10 klips is a bargain. thanks
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Version 2.5.2
Delight1
21 November 2007
you are charging money for software that main use is based around freeware?
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Version 2.2
6 answer(s)
Wooden-Brain-Concepts
Wooden-Brain-Concepts
21 November 2007
Yes, I am. Note that Growl is framework for displaying information. OmniGrowl is providing content. It's like saying no one should charge for internet services if they are accessed via free web browsers. At any rate, OmniGrowl has involved weeks and weeks of development time, and I think it is perfectly reasonable to want to be compensated. Furthermore, if you took the trouble to look at WBC's web site, you might discover some interesting things about our view of shareware. Thank you.
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Version 2.2
Jerrodho
Jerrodho
29 November 2007
Oh please. Building upon free foundations is the way a lot of software is made. Including Mac OS X itself.
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Version 2.2
Lee123
Lee123
16 December 2007
ehm, ya and you pay for osx don't you?
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Version 2.3
Jerrodho
Jerrodho
16 December 2007
...and that would be my point. OS X is built upon free foundations, and we pay for it. Just like OmniGrowl.
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Version 2.3
Stormchild
Stormchild
07 March 2008
Gonna have to agree with the developer and jerrodho here. $10 is really not that steep; the software does provide a lot of features, and these days, a lot of other companies are charging much higher prices for simple little apps that do a lot less.
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Version 2.4
umaromc
umaromc
03 May 2008
It's just ten bucks. I can't be the only person that has to pay rent and utilities... I can't cry over someone charging ten bucks. Please have some compassion. Peace.
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Version 2.4.3
F451
05 November 2007
2.1 is giving the following AppleScript Error: The variable theaddies is not defined. (-2753) I'm using Leopard.
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Version 2.1
1 answer(s)
Wooden-Brain-Concepts
Wooden-Brain-Concepts
05 November 2007
Hi... As usual folks, please email support with bug reports. On the day of release developers may check these pages but after that probably not. That error MIGHT be caused if you have no "me" card in address book that matches your full login name. (which should be set up when you install any version of OS X). I believe I have fixed it now and uploaded another version (silent update here). Please re-download and then e-mail woodenbrain at kagi dot com if the problem persists. Thanks much.
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Version 2.1
Strob
27 October 2007
I don't yet know the value of this application. However, I do have a problem with it. In the short amount of time I have tried it, I have woken up a few times to find the screen plastered with "SMART Status Warning! The SMART status of your startup disk is Verified". First off I use SMARTReporter to tell me if anything goes wrong with my startup disk so I don't need OmniGrowl telling me it is OK. Second, I don't need my screen half plastered with these notifications which need to be deleted one by one. Very annoying, developer. Can you fix?
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Version 2.0.1
2 answer(s)
Wooden-Brain-Concepts
Wooden-Brain-Concepts
27 October 2007
it should not show any SMART notification if the disk is verified. there must be something unusual with your setup. Please email woodenbrain at kagi dot com and we'll look into it on Monday (leaving town for weekend). in meantime, go to Growl preference pane and configure OmniGrowl and disable the SMART notification.
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Version 2.0.1
Wooden-Brain-Concepts
Wooden-Brain-Concepts
05 November 2007
Hi Scott. Unfortunately I wasn't able to fix this issue because I need more info if this persists. Do you have an English system? What is the actual message that comes up? If the SMART status has the word "Verified" in it no notification is supposed to appear. Please email woodenbrain at kagi dot com. Thanks.
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Version 2.1
A-J-Benamu
23 October 2007
In case it keeps giving me the apple script error, how do I delete all OmniGrowl files?
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Version 2.0
3 answer(s)
F451
F451
23 October 2007
Check your previous post as am receiving an error too.
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Version 2.0
Wooden-Brain-Concepts
Wooden-Brain-Concepts
23 October 2007
Should be fixed. Please re-download. Please see the info file included with the distribution for info both on upgrading and removing. Thanks. Sorry for the trouble all.
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Version 2.0
A-J-Benamu
A-J-Benamu
23 October 2007
downloaded 2.0.1 and seems to be working fine. Thanks a lot for your quick response.
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Version 2.0
A-J-Benamu
23 October 2007
It crashed on me all the time, so I deleted it.
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Version 2.0
8 answer(s)
Wooden-Brain-Concepts
Wooden-Brain-Concepts
23 October 2007
What version of OmniGrowl and what system are you running? Please report bugs to WBC by e-mail. (woodenbrain at kagi dot com) I will fix them as soon as possible.
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Version 2.0
F451
F451
23 October 2007
You need to use an app like File Buddy and delete any existing older OmniGrowl files as I was having the same issue as you until I did so.
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Version 2.0
Wooden-Brain-Concepts
Wooden-Brain-Concepts
23 October 2007
It shouldn't be necessary to delete any older version from your system entirely, but that's always good advice. what IS necessary is to quit any older version before launching the new one, and if you have added an older version to your login items at a different location, make sure the old one is removed first. If you follow the install instructions included (quit old version and replace then launch) it should be fine.
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Version 2.0
F451
F451
23 October 2007
I did quit before installing, but OG kept giving me an error notice and bringing up the OG's preference window. I should have noted the exact error message, but deleting all of OG and starting clean fixed matters.
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Version 2.0
F451
F451
23 October 2007
Whoops...spoke too soon as the error is back: http://myskitch.com/f451/omnigrowl-20071023-124031.jpg
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Version 2.0
Wooden-Brain-Concepts
Wooden-Brain-Concepts
23 October 2007
Thanks very much F451!! I see the bug and am fixing it now. Will release a silent update in just a bit here, and post back here.
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Version 2.0
Wooden-Brain-Concepts
Wooden-Brain-Concepts
23 October 2007
Thanks to all who caught this. It had to do with Woot checking when that option was NOT enabled. If you check the Woot check box on the other tab there is no error. It has now been fixed and uploaded. Sorry about the trouble. I will post a 2.0.1 release for this.
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Version 2.0
A-J-Benamu
A-J-Benamu
23 October 2007
I get the same error.
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Version 2.0
ivanovitch
10 October 2007
I mistakenly attributed a complaint to the developers of Growl, and not OmniGrowl. However... OmniGrowl is nagware, not freeware. The author should acknowledge this in the documentation.
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Version 1.5
3 answer(s)
Wooden-Brain-Concepts
Wooden-Brain-Concepts
10 October 2007
I prefer to call it donationware but yes nagware is ok too. I do call it donationware in the documentation and it does list the nags among the notifications, which can be turned off. I never (and nowhere) call it freeware myself. Unfortunately neither VersionTracker nor MacUpdate have a category called donationware -- it's either freeware or shareware and neither fit. Please take this up with VT & MU, as I too would like to see such a categoy. Since it's not shareware (OmniGrowl is unrestricted and you are not required to pay or donate. Unlike some of my other software (iDupe, Cast Away etc) which is ALSO not restricted but you are technically required to pay and so those are in fact properly called shareware.) For details see my FAQ: http://www.woodenbrain.com/index-support.html OmniGrowl is more closely called freeware since as I say you don't have to pay. But again, you're correct that its not exactly right since I make it clear I hope for some donations. But quite a lot of freeware does too -- it's just a matter of the persistence of the nagging I imagine. Let me take this opportunity to nag one more time. 20,000 downloads and counting and as of v. 1.4.5 I had one donation. Adding a second nag got me 2 or 3 more. Thank you to those who did donate. If you don't want to donate so be it, but at least have the courtesy to just turn off the nags and not rate a product you probably are using for free tepidly just because of it.
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Version 1.5
Leoofborg
Leoofborg
13 October 2007
I'll be less polite than the Dev. This is the worst case of PEBKAC followed by a tantrum I have ever seen. If you're not going to RTFM, then you deserve everything you get.
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Version 1.5.2
Christopher-Forsythe
Christopher-Forsythe
13 October 2007
Dude, you need to make up your mind. Is it shareware or freeware. If it's shareware, make it shareware, and if it's freeware, drop the nagging. This just seems conflicted. 20,000 downloads is nothing, by the way. And guess what, Growl itself has gotten, *maybe*, 400 bucks. If you want cash, make it shareware. You won't get it with it being free.
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Version 1.5.2
AB0MX
05 September 2007
When launching the application and when attempting to set it as a login item, I receive the following AppleScript Error: "System events got an error: Can't make name of every login item into type reference. (-1700). Other than that, the application works flawlessly.
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Version 1.4.3
1 answer(s)
Wooden-Brain-Concepts
Wooden-Brain-Concepts
27 September 2007
I too notice this. This has to do with a "hung" system process and a restart should fix it. (or kill 'System events' in terminal.) Nothing can be done to actually fix it -- but next version will remove the error message at least.
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Version 1.4.3
Roblef
02 April 2007
I can't seem to find any lastfm support. It's not listed in the Growl Pane. Any thoughts?
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Version 1.4.3
1 answer(s)
Wooden-Brain-Concepts
Wooden-Brain-Concepts
27 September 2007
You must go into the OmniGrowl preferences to set your last.fm user name. Do this by using the preferences script or by pressing cmd-, right when omnigrowl displays its welcome notification.
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Version 1.4.3
Uriah-Halvorson
18 March 2007
absolutely fantastic. i've been waiting for more growl implementation and here it is in a "omni" quality app. all features work beautifully. iMac G5 2.1Ghz 1.5GB RAM
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Version 1.4.3
Ben-marko
15 January 2007
This badly needs an uninstaller. I tried to uninstall it after iCal and Address Book would get hung up and I couldn't force-quit them after installing OmniGrowl. But no luck - I had to trash the OmniGrowl files I found under Spotlight and then quit the processes from within Activity Monitor for Growl and then log out/log in. It was the only way I could trash OmniGrowl.
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Version 1.4.1
1 answer(s)
Wooden-Brain-Concepts
Wooden-Brain-Concepts
15 January 2007
OmniGrowl comes with an application to quit it right in the folder. It now comes with a script to quit it. It also includes an info section with a clearly marked section on how to remove. I'm sorry to be blunt, but users badly need to read documentation sometimes. But for the record, the removal process involves: 1) quitting the application using the included quit script, from the script menu, or any other way you like. 2) removing it from login items if you added it to login items in the Accounts preference pane 3) trashing the application folder. That's it.
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Version 1.4.1
Kaufi
06 January 2007
First of all, thanks to the developer for making this Panther compatible. Anyway, the support is first rate, very responsive and friendly. Also, for me OmniGrowl works flawlessly, though I'm not using all the features it offers. I find it very useful to have iTunes notifications at last without the GrowlTunes menu item.
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Version 1.3
4 answer(s)
Nadamac
Nadamac
13 January 2007
hmm? I have iTunes notification *without* any additional sofware but Growl...
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Version 1.4.1
Wooden-Brain-Concepts
Wooden-Brain-Concepts
13 January 2007
nadamac: actually as of the current version of Growl, Growl does not give iTunes notifications on its own. It does come with a menu extra you can install, and there are a lot of other 3rd party programs that give iTunes Growl notifications. You must have installed one of these before. The disadvantage of many of them, including the menu extra (GrowlTunes) that comes with Growl, is they have to appear in the dock or the menu bar. OmniGrowl is faceless. Furthermore, iTunes notifications is not at all the main purpose of OmniGrowl. The idea is to handle a whole range of notifications in one application, so there is no need to run 50 little tools for 50 kinds of notifications ultimately.
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Version 1.4.1
Nadamac
Nadamac
13 January 2007
I never wanted to say that OmniGrowl isn't useful. I appreciate its features! But I have no additional GrowlMenu installed and I see those notification since the last Growl update. Wait, maybe I found the culprit :-) It could be the AudioScrobbler menu I installled recently...
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Version 1.4.1
Wooden-Brain-Concepts
Wooden-Brain-Concepts
13 January 2007
Yep, AudiScrobbler is it! I may incorporate last.fm support into OmniGrowl later, thus dispensing of the need for audio scrobbler too ;-) (menuet also has last.fm and growl support, but is $$)
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Version 1.4.1
Kaufi
26 December 2006
O.k., here's a software-related comment: I think this software is urgently needed and I wonder why no other Growl fan came up earlier with this. In that sense: Thanks, developer! One drawback for me: 10.4. I still use Panther and OmniGrowl doesn't work here. That wouldn't cost it a star, but is a shame for me (and I can't test how well it works).
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Version 1.1
1 answer(s)
Gerlad
Gerlad
27 December 2006
what happens when u run in panther? AFAIK there is one incompatibility and it is only with the debug interface. if you send me your email I can send you a build that should make it compatible -- although without the testing interface available. my email is on my web page. thanks.
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Version 1.1
Revs
26 December 2006
1000 downloads? i wnder how many people thought it was an Omni app?
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Version 1.1
1 answer(s)
Gerlad
Gerlad
26 December 2006
Wow. What's that about 8 comments about the name and none about how it works for people? I'll take no news as good news? ;-)
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Version 1.1
Maruko-Drinking-Team
22 December 2006
Although the name might get some extra clicks from people (like me) who initally assumed it was something new from Omni, that assumption will be immediately and obviously invalidated upon visiting the author's freakish web site. LOL!
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Version 1.0