Growl is being retired after surviving for 17 years. With the
announcement of Apple’s new hardware platform, a general shift of
developers to Apple’s notification system, and a lack of obvious
ways to improve Growl beyond what it is and has been, we’re
announcing the retirement of Growl as of today.
It’s been a long time coming. Growl is the project I worked on for
the longest period of my open source career. However at WWDC in
2012 everyone on the team saw the writing on the wall. This was my
only WWDC. This is the WWDC where Notification Center was
announced. Ironically Growl was called Global Notifications
Center, before I renamed it to Growl because I thought the name
was too geeky. There’s even a sourceforge project for Global
Notifications Center still out there if you want to go find it.
What a great open source project Growl was. It proved itself as a feature that should have been built into MacOS — and then it was. Growl arguably defined “notifications” as we know them, not just on Mac, but iOS and Android as well.
One thing that working on Growl helped shape in me: A militant
respect for people’s attention as well as what they do and do not
want their tools to do.
Long after the official end of @GrowlMac, I will always have that.
Cheers to that. Growl respected the user — it served the notifyee, not the notifier, and that made all the difference.
★ Monday, 30 November 2020