Growl 1.3, a classic formerly free third-party notification application, is now on sale in the Mac App store for $1.99. With Growl on your Mac you can always know what’s going on with other applications on your system. It can tell you, for example, when you get new Twitter mentions or direct messages, when content is added to your Dropbox, and information about songs you play on streaming music services like Spotify.
Most advance third-party applications, like OmniFocus, Path Finder, Skype, SuperDuper, and Tweetie, support Growl, so there’s little to do in setting up activation. Growl provides a central location in Mac Preferences, where you can enable and disable notifications for individual applications. Notifications appear nearly unobtrusively on your desktop, and you can customize the display of notices. However, Growl doesn’t have support from native OS X applications like Mail, iPhoto, or iTunes.
In addition to a totally new user interface, the new 1.3 features include a Rollup window that displays one or more notifications instead of individually on your desktop. Growl has also made improvements in menu bar access, enabling users to pause notifications via the menu bar icon. In addition, the service app now provides a history of your most recent notifications, so you can review the ones you received when you’re away from your computer.
If you’re a Mac power user, Growl is among the most essential applications to have installed on your computer. It can also work with your iOS client app,, for the iPhone and iPad.