what would you think about a badge on the notification center icon (in the menubar)?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by acosmichippo, Aug 6, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

    May 7, 2008
    Like this:


    I personally find it tedious to look at the icons on the dock for new notification badges. To me, it would be much easier to be able to look in just one place for new notifications, and then click on that same place to see them in detail.
  2. macrumors 603


    Jan 8, 2009
    Never consider it, yet a good idea. For non-alert notifications that fade out, you may miss something while away from your system.

    I wouldn't mind an app that you could place in your dock (something akin to Mail, Contacts, etc), might be easier to see.

    Good idea :)

    Recommend giving feedback:

  3. macrumors 68030

    Krazy Bill

    Dec 21, 2011
    I don't have ML booted up right now but don't your icons already do this in the dock? I think mine bounce as well.
  4. macrumors 603


    Jan 8, 2009
    They do for individual app's, good point. Was thinking of a way to make it easier to notice notifications that may not be in your dock. Hmmm. Oh well. :)
  5. macrumors 68000

    Mar 30, 2011
    NY USA
    I hate badges for some reason but some sort of reminder that you have pending alerts would be nice. Maybe a dimming icon on the menu bar? Turn the icon red itself?
  6. macrumors 601


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    Would love this!
  7. macrumors 604


    Mar 26, 2008
    Planet Earth
    this looks sweet, anyone able to hack that? :D
  8. macrumors member

    Nov 9, 2011
    please not a badge or a red thing.
    It's meant to be unobtrusive.
    in the betas, the icon was a ring. when you had notifications, it had a black dot inside the black ring.

    a red icon will distract me, but the current black one (and the other menu bar icons) don't. And they shouldn't!
  9. macrumors member

    Jul 19, 2012
    Exactly the same thing I have thought about. Now there is no number and I don't feel any difference if there are or there aren't notifications.
  10. macrumors 601


    Jan 11, 2012
    Pacific Coast, USA
    Very nice work!

    Give us an easy way to turn it off when we wish & you'd have the best of both worlds. :)
  11. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 11, 2012
    At first I was gonna say no, but it doesn't look that bad.
  12. zen
    macrumors 65816

    Jun 26, 2003
    I was going to post the exact same thing. I love the notification centre, but it seems a little pointless as it doesn't actually notify me of anything unless I open it. If I'm away from my desk for a while, and the Growl-like banners have gone (I know the alerts setting means they stay on screen), I want to know what notifications I have at a glance. I'm surprised there is no badge/icon/alert. Even if the notifications icon in the menubar could glow or pulse when there are new notifications, that might be less obtrusive than a red badge.
  13. macrumors 65816


    Apr 5, 2012
    Phaselocking Psychos somewhere on Pandora
    The badge idea is already in use for Mint.com's toolbar icon, and it works great. The red is an attention grabber. One click, and the red goes away. I think it's a great idea for notification center.
  14. acosmichippo, Aug 7, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2012

    thread starter macrumors regular

    May 7, 2008
    It gets my attention, which is the whole point; if I have an important notification that I missed the banner for, I want to know about it.
  15. macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2012
    Michigan/Ohio, USA
    Some sort of indication would be nice, not everyone has every app in the dock. However, instead of a badge, I was thinking if the NC icon had a subtle blue glow around it, it wouldn't be annoying, it would look nice, and still show that you have notifications waiting.
  16. macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2009
    Kentucky, USA
    I would like this.
  17. macrumors member

    Nov 9, 2011
    if it's important, you'd have an alert, not a banner.
    aMost people don't want badges everywhere. especially red ones. Menubar icons should be black or grey. If you need an icon, look at your dock.
  18. acosmichippo, Aug 7, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2012

    thread starter macrumors regular

    May 7, 2008
    Right, well if you read my reasoning in the initial post, you'd know the idea is to consolidate notifications in one spot for quick checking. Alerts are silly because they aren't just obtrusive - they're intrusive. I don't want to have to click an alert every time I get an email, message, etc. just to uncover what is lying beneath them. And by the way, the battery icon turns red when it's low. You know, to get your attention.

    I understand that it doesn't suit your needs. More power to ya.
  19. macrumors 6502

    May 14, 2012
    I think I'd prefer if the notification centre icon just changed colour, perhaps to red, if there are notifications that haven't been seen yet, but I could live with a badge.
  20. macrumors 68020


    Jun 24, 2010
    Sound great. Just change color to call our attention. No badge there please.
  21. macrumors member

    Nov 9, 2011
    i get the idea. But a red badge is a crummy idea. Just like it changes to grey if notification centre is off, i would welcome the option for the icon to change if there are new notifications.

    but there is a deep issue with that. I've always got some ical event in my notifications centre. So it's always going to have some items in there. These iCal events don't go away just because i've seen them. So is my notifications centre always going to be showing 'new items'? or a badge?
  22. thread starter macrumors regular

    May 7, 2008
    I doubt it would show new items for regular iCal events - probably only for alerts set for the events. Or at least that's how I'd imagine it.

    Just like in iOS, we don't get a notification for every single calendar event - just alerts.
  23. macrumors 6502

    Apr 4, 2010
    This may sound off topic, but could you post the wallpaper in the original post? :p
  24. macrumors member

    Nov 9, 2011
    it's not about the alert though.
    in iOS, it doesn't tell you how many items are IN the notification centre.

    what you want, is a counter saying how manny banners you've missed.
    and it's unlikely that you're going to get that option.

    if it's important to you, use an alert, if it's not so important, use a banner.
    BOTH end up in the notification centre for you to look at later.
    you can see how many you missed in the dock.
  25. acosmichippo, Aug 8, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2012

    thread starter macrumors regular

    May 7, 2008
    what's wrong with a counter? If we're changing the color or adding a badge, why not a number too? Seems like an efficient use of space to me.

    How iOS does it is irrelevant; it's a different platform. On my iPhone, notifications I miss get collected on the lock screen, which I will see next time I unlock my phone. OSX doesn't have a lock screen (at least not one that works like iOS's), so missed notifications just get silently dumped into the notification center. This means I have to either click on the button to check them, or scan my dock with dozens of icons for new badges.

    Regarding your other points, I have addressed those earlier, so I'll leave it at that.

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