January 31, 2020

Growl

Growl is a notification system for Mac that allow users to customize how to handle notifications.

The application was created in 2004 as a utility to be the central command to handle all system notifications. It allowed application developers to just send notifications and not have to worry about how to display the information to the user. For users, the notification could be delivered via speech, email, or ignored.

Users have the ability to have all sorts of styles to show the notifications.

Over the years it gained a lot of acceptance and a very impressive list of supported applications.

In November 2011, Growl became a paid application to help support the full-time developers.

Growl Mac

Apple Changed the Game

When Apple released OS X Mountain Lion (10.8) in 2012 it included a new Notification Center which allowed users to configure how to handle notifications. Essentially doing most of the functionality being done with Growl.

So is Growl still a valid application?

Is Growl a Dead Application?

You can still buy Grown on the Apple Store for $3.99. In fact it's rated #199 in the Productivity sales - second to last "Clear - Tasks, Reminders & To-Do Lists" is the last application.

Growl Website
http://growl.info/

However, there are plenty of signs that Growl is a dead application:

The last update in the Apple Store (2.1.3) was on October 29, 2013 - 6 years ago. This was to fix issues with Growl support with OS X Mavericks.

In the App Store, there are a lot of negative review about Growl - it currently has 2.6 Rating (Out of 5).

All support is being handled in the Google Discussion List. Most of the comments are about installing issues and how to uninstall.

No major browser supports Growl. In September 2012, someone put in a request to remove Growl from Firefox. It was removed shortly after. Opera removed support for Growl in version 17 on October 10, 2013. FireFox and Opera are still listed as supported applications on the Growl site.

There many "old" applications listed in the supported apps section. It is actually a nice list of old apps.

The open source code repository on Google Code hasn't recieved any new commits since October 12, 2013.

The last Blog post on growl.info was on December 13, 2013.

The last Twitter Post from @GrowlMac was on May 1, 2015.

Now What

I think Apple should check out the Growl Application to see if it works in macOS Catalina. I don't want to waste $3.99 just to find out.

If Growl is still an active application, they should at least have more activity on their website. Let people know what's going on.

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