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20 November 2009, 10:47

Growl for Windows 2.0 arrives

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Growl logo The Growl for Windows Project developers have released version 2.0 of their Windows-compatible port of the Mac-based Growl global notification application. The major update includes a number of bug fixes, performance improvements and new features.

Version 2.0 of Growl for Windows supports a new Growl Notification Protocol (GNTP) for cross-platform compatibility, images in notifications, playing sounds when notifications are received and sending callbacks when a notification is clicked or closed. Keyboard shortcuts for closing notifications have been added and a history feature now records all notifications. The addition of Bonjour support allows for the automatic discovery of other Growl instances on a users network (Macs and PCs) and notifications can be forwarded to iPhones, email and Twitter. Other notable updates include an improved user interface (UI) and a command line interface.

Many popular Windows applications already include support for Growl for Windows, while others require an add-on or plug-in, such as Firefox, Thunderbird, Songbird and Pidgin. The Growl notifications can be fully customised with new styles and users are given complete control over which notifications are shown.

More details about the release can be found in the release notes. Growl for Windows 2.0 is available to download (direct download) from the project's official web site. Growl for Windows is released under a BSD License and its source is hosted on Google Code. The latest release of Growl for Mac is version 1.2 from the end of September.


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