Maybe it’s the season, but I think I’m coming down with a fetish for Growl.
Lest you think that has something to do with spiked heels, a leather catsuit, a whip, a mask and animal noises, well, it doesn’t. Growl is that nifty neato notification system for a whole bunch of Mac apps. When something happens, your Mac gets a little floating notification.
Growl? Or, Purr?
Growl doesn’t really growl. The notifications are little windows that float to the top of your Mac’s screen. They tell you that email has arrived, or that something exploded inside your Mac. That kind of thing.
Among the many Growl apps now available for astute Mac users is OmniGrowl, a collection of Growl notifications.
If you collect these kinds of things, they’re you’re one of the aforementioned astute Mac users.
If not, but you want to be an astute Mac user, then read on, dig the delicious coolness that makes up Growl, and start your own collection.
After all, we’re human. From witticisms to books to apps, we collect stuff.
If Everything Growls, Will You Listen?
I was looking through Growl in my System Preferences (it’s where Growl lives) and found a bunch of apps that utilize growl. Evernote. Dropbox. 1Password. MacUpdate. Mail. All the browsers. Skype. All the Twitter apps. And much more.
OmniGrowl adds to that list and other Growl apps by giving you notifications for iCal events and to-do items. News headlines from RSS. Concert notifications.
If you’re not careful, and you’re a very busy socialite Mac user, your whole screen could become awash in Growl notifiers.
Settings? Surely you love to tinker and tweak settings on your Mac.
OmniGrowl has settings. Manage iTunes notifiers, Events, RSS News Feeds, and much more.
Change settings for how OmniGrowl growls the notifiers (it’s more of a floating whisper than a growl—bad name) on your screen.
Add notifiers for Yahoo! weather and traffic reports, deals from Woot or MacZot, and get customized log notifications, too. Surely you want to know each time your Mac makes a log change.
Notified? Or, Mesmerized?
OmniGrowl adds to the growing growling list of notifiers that pass across my Mac’s screen. With apps and Facebook and email and Twitter and log updates, the stream of notifiers is almost constant. Whenever It Happens, My Mac Has A Notification.
It’s to the point that using my Mac has become mesmerizing. I don’t do any work. I just sit and watch all the notifiers pass before my eyes. That’s productivity in the 21st century, Mac and Growl style.