Does Growl slow my Mac down?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by sebbesen, Dec 27, 2006.

  1. sebbesen macrumors newbie

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    I installed Growl and it's a nifty piece of software. However, I usually prefer my system to be fast over having a lot of small nice-to-have (rather than need-to-have) OS enhancements taking up CPU resources.

    So question is: How does Growl affect the performance of my system?

    I assume Growl must be constantly looking for stuff to notify me about, which somehow means that it constantly takes up CPU resources!? I know it's probably not a lot, I'm just interesting in knowing how much.

    Best regards,
    sebbesen
    Zurich, Switzerland
     
  2. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    Growl is very well behaved, it uses essentially no CPU while it's waiting for events. You can verify this with Applications/Utilities/Activity Monitor, or top. (look for GrowlHelperApp).

    By the way, a new version just came out the other day, resource usage when programs are first registered is supposed to be one of the improvements.
     
  3. majorp macrumors 6502

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    growl uses minimal resources. pretty much no cpu (apart from when it's notifying) and minimal memory (usually about 30mb)
     
  4. Aniej macrumors 68000

    Aniej

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    Anyone have some good sites to get themes and downloads for growl??
     
  5. sebbesen thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Very good. Thank you for your useful answers! As for themes and extensions, I haven't seen any other sites apart from those linked from the growl home-page.
     

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