Growl is a utility that throws notifications up on your screen when an application tells it to, or a system event occurs. What events? Which applications? That’s up to you. There’s a substantial list on the Growl site of applications that support it, along with AppleScript.
Murphy has known about Growl for a long time, but had never gotten around to installing it. It’s definitely a cool utility, and the notifications are pleasant eye-candy. Murphy’s not sure what he’s going to do with it yet. He’s still playing around with GeekTool, which can display information on your Desktop. The two utilities are very different, but there’s definitely some crossover.
Growl notifications can be configured as “sticky” – you click to clear them. But the default is to fade in and out quietly. Murphy likes this unobtrusive behavior.
You can also receive notifications from a remote computer. Murphy plans on digging into this feature for another screencast. A while back there was an effort to make a WordPress Plugin that could send Growl notifications to a remote machine. That would be very interesting.
There’s also a Mail plugin that displays the contents of new mail messages. Another can display the track playing in iTunes.
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