Couple questions about Growl notifications

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by ahrenba, Oct 19, 2008.

  1. ahrenba macrumors member

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    Hey Guys,

    I just downloaded and installed Growl notifications for my Mac. I have a few questions.

    1. Without Growl, does OSX not do system notifications?
    2. Really, what is Growl?

    I don't know, can someone just explain to me what system notifications are and what Growl is doing differently?

    For instance, without Growl my firefox extension, Gmail Notifier, doesn't pop up a new mail notification. With Growl it does. Does this mean OSX doesn't do system notifications normally?
     
  2. yoyo5280 macrumors 68000

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    No Mac OS does not.

    Basicly growl works with a handful of third party apps just to display notifications in a sexy way. For example in Adium when you get a new mail, it pops up in the corner.
     
  3. ahrenba thread starter macrumors member

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    Ah, ok. So, how does it know for instance to pop up a notification for a Firefox extension?? Did that developer integrate with Growl?
     
  4. yoyo5280 macrumors 68000

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    Yes. You can manage what uses growl in the Growl Preferences Pane in Sytem Preferences.
     

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