My Mac used to annoy me. Now it bothers me but politely. There are all kinds of actions going on behind the scenes.
Email downloading. Arriving tweets. Facebook alerts. In my desire to keep up I’ve become fond of the Growl notification system for the Mac. Apps that have something to say have a gentle, pleasant, timely way to tell me without interrupting or causing me to wait.
The Quiet, Growling System
As long time Mac users we recognize the lifestyle change. Facebook. Twitter. Email. Text messaging. Alerts are flying all over and Growl is the Mac add on system that tames the mess.
Growl notifies you of various Mac app functions with a fade in and fade out alert system.
The customizable alerts may catch your eye, but are not intended to be annoying or rude.
For Mac users who pay attention to what goes on behind the scenes, you’ll like ConsoleGrowl. It uses the Growl notification system so you get a quick glance at any Mac console messages.
A message looks like this:
The notifications let you know that something is going on inside OS X, but they’re not obtrusive alerts, so not annoying, a little polite, and seldom bothersome.
Setup and configuration is simple and straightforward.
Preferences give you options for log levels (Console is the Mac app that lets users read the many Mac system logs), users, and various filters.
ConsoleGrowl is basically set it and forget it.
The only negative is that it resides as a Menubar app in an already overcrowded Mac Menubar.
If you’re a bit on the Mac geeky side then it’s handy to have system alerts pop up without having to run the Console app to see what’s going with your system.
The Growl alerts pop up automatically, but to see the log details you need to click ConsoleGrowl in the MenuBar. A keyboard shortcut would be handy or some other kind of alert (Menubar badge, similar to a Dock badge) so you can remember to check log changes. Otherwise, nicely done and free.