Become a MacRumors Supporter for $25/year with no ads, private forums, and more!

MacRumors

macrumors bot
Original poster
Apr 12, 2001
55,070
17,436



mzi.xmuqmxxf.175x175-75-150x150.png


Mac OS X notification service Growl has been completely rewritten to comply with Apple's App Store guidelines and has been released on the Mac App Store.

MacStories reports on the new app:
Growl 1.3 comes in a new app form that has a menubar icon to activate/pause notifications, and a new Preferences window to see notification history, supported apps, configure themes, and more. History can be customized to show only a certain amount of recent items and days, and you can even search past notifications and events. The new Growl comes with almost 20 themes pre-installed, and you can style an application's overlay notifications (the ones that Growl will briefly display on screen) in Growl's Preferences. You can also create and install your own themes with basic CSS/XHTML/Javascript language.
growl-500x498.jpg



Perhaps the biggest new feature -- at least from a user perspective -- is the new Rollup feature that captures multiple notifications when the user is idle. Growl opens an iOS 5-style notification window that lists notifications sorted by app, keeping multiple notifications organized and contained.

Notably missing from the new version is GrowlMail, an add-on for the software that provides notifications support for AppleMail, allowing users to receive alerts about emails as they receive them. The software notoriously broke with nearly every update to Mail, and the Growl team stated that GrowlMail was more difficult to keep running than the main Growl project. The team notes that the main developer of GrowlMail, Rudy Richter, will receive ownership of it, and will continue to work on it independent of Growl.

Growl 1.3 is available on the Mac App Store for $1.99. [iTunes]

Article Link: Rewritten Growl 1.3 Released on Mac App Store
 

shastapete

macrumors newbie
Feb 21, 2011
19
0
Didn't Growl used to be an open source piece of software? When did they close the source and start charging for it?
 

pewra

macrumors regular
Jun 26, 2011
149
0
Didn't Growl used to be an open source piece of software? When did they close the source and start charging for it?

Yep.

Seriously odd decision to make it a paid app.

Even odder, it's still open source. You can just compile your own binary, and it's yours free.
 
Last edited:

Lurk

macrumors member
Apr 2, 2004
71
0
Garden Grove, California
This is a big part of my Mac experience so I really don't mind paying for it, but I feel that $0.99 would have been been the ideal price.

I hope Prowl and other plugins are still compatible with this version.
 

DCstewieG

macrumors member
Jun 30, 2008
91
147
U.S.A.
I'm perfectly happy to chip in a couple bucks to the great little apps I use. The App Store now makes it economical for them to charge just a dollar or two and I say go for it. I've grabbed a few things I got for free before, like BetterSnapTool.

However in this case, it's unfortunate that they have to move from a PrefPane to an app. I don't want yet another icon in my menu bar, especially one I would never use. Is there an option to turn it off?
 

wovel

macrumors 68000
Mar 15, 2010
1,839
161
America(s)!
Growl is awesome. I get a message on my phone when my iMac finishes ripping a dvd. When a big download finishes. I guess your whole life is spent in front of one computer doing one thing.

For the rest of us, there is growl.

----------

And it requires Lion. Sigh. Another piece of software to leave SL in the dust.

You can still run 1.22. Why would they add features to the old version and li,I their options.
 
Last edited by a moderator:

Cougarcat

macrumors 604
Sep 19, 2003
7,766
2,553
However in this case, it's unfortunate that they have to move from a PrefPane to an app. I don't want yet another icon in my menu bar, especially one I would never use. Is there an option to turn it off?

I believe it's a stipulation of the App Store that apps need either a dock or menubar icon. Too bad--I'll stick with the free version for now, it works fine in Lion. Although, notification history would be cool. (Until Apple adds Notification Center into OS X. It'll happen.)
 

mbarriault

macrumors regular
Dec 3, 2008
109
0
Doesn't show up on App Store search, though the direct link works, except on purchase it just says "Connection failed". Anyone else getting this?
 

RoelJuun

macrumors 6502
Aug 31, 2010
442
199
Netherlands
I will pay for this, even though I have the free version at this moment. This little program is one of the first things I install on any new Mac. The simplicity is great and the notifications are not intrusive. It also works with quite some programs I use all the time.
 

roland.g

macrumors 604
Apr 11, 2005
6,929
2,310
Sounded great for a second. I've heard that a lot of people use it. But no GrowlMail. That would be my main reason to get it. Thumbs down.
 

munkery

macrumors 68020
Dec 18, 2006
2,217
1
The source code for Growl 1.3 will still be released as open source but users will have to compile it themselves.

No official precompiled binary of Growl 1.3 will be released for free by the Growl team.

Depending on the terms of the BSD license that Growl uses, forks or unofficial binaries may begin to show up for download at alternative locations.
 

bushido

Suspended
Mar 26, 2008
8,070
2,754
Germany
Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_5 like Mac OS X; de-de) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8L1 Safari/6533.18.5)

love this app ever since i got my first mac. its nice to watch a movie and still get IM alerts etc
 

fishmoose

macrumors 68000
Jul 1, 2008
1,806
247
Sweden
Happy to pay for it. Don't like two things though; The menubar icon and the fact it uses the discret GPU in my MBP.
 

kainjow

Moderator emeritus
Jun 15, 2000
7,958
6
Didn't Growl used to be an open source piece of software? When did they close the source and start charging for it?

Where did it say it was going closed source? Paying for something doesn't mean it's not open source anymore.

Seriously odd decision to make it a paid app.

It costs $99/year to put free apps on the App Store. Either you pay for that or the developer already giving away their free work pays for it.

And it requires Lion. Sigh. Another piece of software to leave SL in the dust.

Blame Lion's sandbox for that one, pretty much makes it a huge pain in the ass to write software compatible with it and be backwards compatible.

Sounded great for a second. I've heard that a lot of people use it. But no GrowlMail. That would be my main reason to get it. Thumbs down.

I'm guessing GrowlMail is a plugin to Mail. That's a big fat no-no for the App Store rules.
 

jowie

macrumors 6502a
Jun 9, 2004
571
8
London ish
I wish Apple would buy them and make it built in.
Agreed. I'm surprised that Growl is moving to the App Store because I'd have thought it's not really compatible with the App Store T&Cs... And it isn't to a certain extent, they're having to redesign it as an app rather than a prefpane. Stuff like this makes more sense as a prefpane, because it is system-wide. iStat Menus and Little Snitch have done the same, and I find it weird. Having to find and launch an app just to change the settings of something that is already running seems odd to me.

And yes, since "Back to the Mac" suggests some of appropriate technologies should be copied from iOS to OS X, this would be one of them... Well, to be more precise, the iOS Notifications system. Even if this meant killing off Growl (as much as I love Growl)... It makes sense.

----------

I'm guessing GrowlMail is a plugin to Mail. That's a big fat no-no for the App Store rules.
Apparently people will still be developing versions of GrowlMail and GrowlTunes. But you will need to download them from the Growl website because they aren't allowed in the App Store.
 

QuarterSwede

macrumors G3
Oct 1, 2005
9,575
1,673
Colorado Springs, CO
I'm guessing GrowlMail is a plugin to Mail. That's a big fat no-no for the App Store rules.
It is a plugin to mail. They've stated that it's a huge pain to keep up with all the Mail updates. This gives them a reason to drop support and give it back to the original dev.


No official precompiled binary of Growl 1.3 will be released for free by the Growl team.
Is that relatively easy to do or not? I'm a no programming expert, I only know the basics of how that works.
 

jediorange

macrumors newbie
Jun 4, 2010
5
0
Growl 1.3 is available on the Mac App Store for $1.99. [iTunes]

I was really interested in this article, until I read that. I actually laughed out loud. The reason developers put growl support into their apps is for convenience, and because it is free for their users. I don't plan on spending a single dime just to see some popup notifications on my screen.

And knowing that it costs users' money, I would hope that developers just start making their own notifications. Dropbox did it, and it works great without growl.
 

johannnn

macrumors 68000
Nov 20, 2009
1,949
1,800
Sweden
Someone knowing more than me please clarify. But why is it a pain to support Mail.app? That software updates like, never...
 

baryon

macrumors 68040
Oct 3, 2009
3,702
2,287
It's funny how many free apps become non-free as they enter the app store…
 
Register on MacRumors! This sidebar will go away, and you'll see fewer ads.