One of the coolest Mac apps ever is Growl. It’s the little Mac app that pops up information alerts and notices from other apps.
Hundreds of Mac apps use Growl to put pop up notices on your Mac’s screen. Even better, Growl’s notices are customizable in size, color, and layout.
Apple seemed to take notice of all those Mac apps which use Growl, and the millions of Mac users who rely on Growl for simple app notifications. So, Apple created their own Notification Center in OS X Mountain Lion.
How can you get Growl’s notices to show up in Notification Center?
Growl, Meet Bark
Someday there might be a Growl version that works automatically with Apple’s new love for notifications and Notification Center. For, now there’s Bark.
This Mac app acts as a bridge between Growl (and the many apps that use Growl) and Apple’s Notification Center.
Bark is so smart you’ll hardly know it’s there. In fact, it’s a Growl plugin, so you can install it on your Mac and select Bark as the default style in Growl. That’s it. You’re done.
Growl’s notices now show up in OS X Mountain Lion’s Notification Center. Bark is also smart enough not to flood Notification Center with pop ups (one app at a time).
If you’ve never used Growl, check it out. It’s cheap. And it works. If you like easy control over which apps give you notices and alerts.
Bark is mostly the best of two good worlds. Notification Center is the future, of course, but it will be a long time before most apps take advantage of it, and most Mac users move to Mountain Lion.
Growl’s claim to fame is the long list of apps which use those notification pop ups, and the amount of control you have over the alerts, frequency, and apps which use Growl.
In other words, if you liked Growl, you’ll like Notification Center, but Bark makes it easy to transition to Mountain Lion.
And Bark is free.