Do you use Growl?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by majordude, Aug 31, 2008.

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Do you use Growl?

Poll closed Sep 30, 2008.
  1. Yes

    50 vote(s)
    76.9%
  2. No

    15 vote(s)
    23.1%
  1. majordude macrumors 68020

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  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    #2
    Nope, I disabled and uninstalled it
    (came with Adium)

    I saw no reason to have it

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  3. epochblue macrumors 68000

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    #3
    I suppose there's not a particular reason I use it...I guess for stuff that I tend to put in the background (like iTunes or Colloquy or Adium), it's nice to have an app let me know when something needs my attention.

    If you're struggling to find a good use for the app, my recommendation is for you to wait until you have a real need for it. Don't try to shoehorn an app into your workflow.
     
  4. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    #4
    Had it but uninstalled it. It seemed to be pointless to me.
     
  5. Me1000 macrumors 68000

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    #5
    I use it, no particular reason i guess.. When NetNewsWire updates the badge in the icon doesnt really grab my attention right away, growl does...
     
  6. boast macrumors 65816

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    #6
    yes, so i know when im emailed, when im IM'd, when my download finishes, when my compressed files are extracted, the itunes song playing, etc..
     
  7. Mac In School macrumors 65816

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    #7
    I have it, but don't remember installing it. Probably came with another app, such as AdiumX.
     
  8. applefan69 macrumors 6502a

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    #8
    yes .. I use growl all the time, in fact im surprised by how many people have replied and said they dont use it much.

    I'v gotten to the point where i depend on growl... its so useful for me. Sure i'll admit first time I didnt really know how to use growl... and i didnt like it and thought it was pointles to. BUT then I figured out how to get apps to install themselves into growl... and now i use it all the time

    examples:
    limewire tells me when my downloads done
    Transmission tells me when my downloads are done
    speed download, AGAIN tells me when my downloads are done
    Adium tells me when i get messages and such (growl + adium is perfection)
     
  9. craigverse macrumors 6502

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  10. TheVendor macrumors member

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    I have it, but I don't find it to be all that useful... most apps that use it will give other sorts of notifications that an event has happened, so I don't really see the need for Growl.
     
  11. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    #11
    I guess I'm missing something, but I see no value to add another program to do these things:
    ...the Dock icon for Mail shows the number of unread messages.
    ...the Dock icon for Yahoo shows number of unread IMs
    ...the Download folder in the Dock bounces
    ...the Archive Utility progress window closes
    ...either right-click the iTunes icon in the Dock to see the current song, or I use a menu-bar control called YouControl:Tunes.

    So what does Growl do that my Mac doesn't already do, out of the box?
     
  12. Osarkon macrumors 68020

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    #12
    I use it.

    It works extremely well with Adium, giving proper notifications, it's great with Transmission for letting me know when downloads are finished, and it's extremely customizable so you can make it blend right in to your OS (I have an iPhone skin on it at the moment).

    Everything seems to integrate with it without any problems, so it doesn't need maintaining.

    Excellent piece of software in my opinion.
     
  13. mrgreen4242 macrumors 601

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    #13
    I think it's super handy - use it mainly with CyberDuck so I know when my file transfers are done. As I've been discovering Automator I now find it doubly useful to pop up notifications while my scripts run.
     
  14. karabin macrumors newbie

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    #14
    Growl is usefull for me when:
    - transfering files over Cyber Duck
    - listening iTunes with YouControl
     
  15. Nermal Moderator

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    #15
    I use it to see my friends logging into MSN (with Adium).
     
  16. jsm4182 macrumors 6502

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    #16
    I really like the convenience of a central notification system. I use it mainly for ichat, gmail, firefox downloads, and acquisition.
     
  17. rajalot macrumors member

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    #17
    NO!

    It's the most pointless and irritating application in existence! You all know those stupid pop-up balloons that come out of Windows tray to tell you stuff like "you plugged in a usb-stick" and you go like "oh no way I didn't notice?!" in very sarcastic manner. Growl is that, just worse. Click "next" in iTunes and Growl tells you that "hey dude j00 play anuther track" and you are like "right, I meant to u freaking brick". First thing I do when installing Windows is disable the tray pop-ups from registry altogether and first thing I don't do in Mac is install Growl.
     
  18. darkcurse macrumors 6502a

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  19. pjrobertson macrumors 6502a

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    #19
    You're one crazy man!

    It's just part of my OS now, (like Quicksilver).
    It works with nearly every program I have, and tells me everything I need to know :)
     
  20. gusious macrumors 65816

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    #20
    Yeah, i use it.

    Mostly for apps in the background like mail,adium,transmission,downloads by Safari,etc....
     
  21. itickings macrumors 6502a

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    #21
    Nope, don't use it. Plan to though, looks useful for some applications (and annoying for others).
     
  22. Cromulent macrumors 603

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    Well all of your options would require that the dock be showing all the time. Which for those of use who have it on auto-hide would mean we would need to stop what we are doing just to bring up the dock and see what the alerts say. Growl makes that unnecessary by just bringing up a message whenever something happens.

    Who the hell is going to waste so much time that they are actually going to right click on the iTunes icon to see what is playing?! You may as well just open the main window. Plus having the dock showing all the time is a huge waste of screen space.
     
  23. .Andy macrumors 68030

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    #23
    You guys have sold me on it. Installing it now.

    You better not let me down *shakes fist*


    edit: It's a keeper. I should never have doubted my macrumors brothers and sisters :eek:.
     
  24. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    #24
    My dock IS showing all the time and it works just fine. Some want it hidden, some don't. I'd rather have a static dock than be constantly interrupted by messages popping up. That's why I use a pop-up blocker on Safari. I certainly don't want to enable one on Mac OS X! As far as right-clicking on iTunes to see the name of the currently playing song, that's an option, not a requirement. As I said, I use YouControl:Tunes on my menu bar, with pause/play/next/etc. controls, as well as a display of the current song. Besides, I can usually recognize what song is playing without having to read anything, simply by hearing it.

    While I'm sure many will find a use for it, I don't see the benefit for me.
     
  25. gusious macrumors 65816

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    #25
    You should!This is what i learned in here!!:p
     

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