Apple’s never been shy about “borrowing” good ideas and building them into their products. However, you can extend Mountain Lion’s Notifications by taking Growl to the next level. How’s that accomplished? Within days of the beta Mac operating system release, a clever developer bridged the gap between Apple’s limited functionality and the meaty notification experience pro users have been enjoying for years.
Delicious Library’s unique bookshelf look? Special no more. Watson, the original full system search utility for the Mac? It got Sherlocked and hard. Meanwhile iCloud is gobbling up Dropbox’s feature set one function at a time — they should have taken the money.
Well, you can bitch about it or declare victory and move on, which is pretty much the stand taken by Growl creator Christopher Forsythe.
And, what pray tell is this Growl about which I speak (App Store, $1.99) — the still unsurpassed notification system for OS X, a product I’ve variously been using for years.
Growl is compatible with a wide range of third-party apps, including most popular BitTorrent clients, HandBrake, Twitter clients, many OS X Dashboard widgets and pretty much any kind of app you can think of — it’s a great way to know what your Mac is doing even you’re away.
With Connect3′s Hiss you can get a “best of both world’s” experience of Mountain Lion’s native Notifications system and Growl — a simple and free add-on that, again, was available within days of Apple’s OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion beta.
Get your copy of Hiss here…