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An introduction to Growl

Mac Basics: an introduction to Growl

A Cool little program and a great read!

Guest poster Dan Foy from Macsimum News gives us an overview of Growl. You can read his original post here on Macsiumum News!

an introduction to Growl

You’re working on a project at work, and you hear the “bing” of Mail, telling you there’s a new e-mail. You are confronted with the question, “Do I stop what I’m doing and see if the e-mail is important, or do I take a chance and keep working on my project?”

What if you didn’t have to? What if a little box popped up on the side of your screen with a summary of the e-mail, giving you a short-term look at the e-mail so you can decide if it’s important or not?
Believe it or not, the software that does that is already here. And it’s free (donations are accepted).
It’s called Growl. Growl is a notification system for Mac OS X: it allows applications that support Growl to send you notifications (took the description right off their web site because I couldn’t have said it better myself).

I had heard of Growl, but didn’t see much use for it until I accidentally installed it. Yes, I accidentally installed Growl. I don’t even know what program installed it for me (which I don’t like, but I seem to recall an installer asking me if I wanted to install Growl, so I must have said “yes.”)
Anyway, all of a sudden, I started seeing notifications when my RSS reader, the open-source Vienna, downloaded new articles. Thought that was pretty handy. I could tell when there were new articles without bumping down to the bottom of the screen and making the dock appear (Vienna has a number notifier in its dock icon and I keep my dock hidden). Saves time.
So I started investigating and found Growl in my System Preferences (in the Other category at the bottom). After some exploration, I found that there is a plugin for Apple’s Mail program that allows Growl to notify you of new e-mail.

And there are a whole bunch of other programs that are either written to work with Growl, and for some others there are plugins.

But the one that really helps me is the Mail plugin. My day job is at a newspaper. I do page design for my home paper and tech support for several other papers. As part of that, I get an enormous amount of e-mail from the Associated Press. Most of if deals with their web-based video network, and for some reason, they can’t just send me the important stuff, they send me an email every time they post a new video.

I have them whisked off to a folder in Mail, but it “bing”s every time one of those e-mails come in and I don’t always have time to see whether or not it’s important. But I want to know immediately if someone is having a problem related to their deadlines.
Growl shows me who the email is from and allows me to more-easily ignore the AP stuff.
And that’s just one example. I also use Semulov, which unmounts volumes. Now when a volume unmounts, I see it in a Growl notification.
I’m sure you can come up with many other uses, but I just wanted to introduce you to this cool little program.

(Via The iLife)


Easy iWeb Publisher – Upload iWeb To ANY Host

Easy iWeb Publisher – Upload Sites Created With iWeb To ANY Host

Easy iWeb Publisher 3.0.1 is an excellent free application for OS X, that allows you to easily upload iWeb sites to the web host of your choice. It will quickly upload a file or the contents of a folder via FTP. Once configured, uploading a web site created in iWeb is as easy as dragging a folder on to the Easy iWeb Publisher icon in the dock.
Get it HERE!

(Via Cool OSX Apps)

Spread Firefox!

Spread Firefox


Mozilla Party Central

It’s time to Celebrate!
The Mozilla community has many reasons to celebrate: the Firefox 3 launch, Mozilla’s 10th anniversary, and Download Day!
The Firefox 3 launch: all over the world, we’ll be celebrating the launch of Firefox 3 in late June.
The Mozilla’s 10th Anniversary: we’re taking all year to celebrate!
Download Day: Help set a Guinness World Record!
To join the fun, sign up to host or attend a party at Mozilla Party Central.

Direct Download

(Get It here—> Firefox)

Customize Your Folder Icons

Telling Folders – Customize Your Folder Icons


Telling Folders 1.0 is a free application for Leopard that allows you to easily customize or change your folder icons. You can drag and drop any image on top of your current folder icon. QuickLook is supported, so you are not limited to just images. If you accidentally change a folder icon, full Undo support is included in the application.

Get it HERE!

(Via Cool OSX Apps)

Over 250 Free Microsoft Office Templates & Documents…WOW

Over 250 Free Microsoft Office Templates & Documents from Dumb Little Man

Is it me or do we just not spend enough time rummaging through the Microsoft website? I personally thought this was a good find because I absolutely hate creating documents from scratch if I don’t have to.

Courtesy of Microsoft, these category headings basically contain over 250 free Microsoft Office Templates that you can use at will.

Have fun, save time…

iTunesMenu 0.1

iTunesMenu 0.1

About iTunesMenu

A menubar item for seeing what song is playing in iTunes.

iTunesMenu has options for controlling iTunes with hotkeys,

and showing Growl notifications when the song has changed.

(Via Downloads – Mac OS X – Just Added)

Cyberduck 3 – Lots of new goodies and still FREE!

EA556232-EF36-4468-9821-EC59D29FE24F.jpgCyberduck is a robust FTP/FTP-TLS/SFTP browser for the Mac whose lack of visual clutter and cleverly intuitive features make it easy to use. Support for external editors and system technologies such as Spotlight, Bonjour, Keychain and AppleScript are built-in.
Cyberduck is a open source product licensed under the GPL and free to use. Donations are welcome to help advance development in the future. Thanks to contributors, Cyberduck is available in English, Japanese, German, Catalan, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Russian, and Polish.

Get it HERE!

Indiana Jones Icons from Iconfactory

Iconfactory Announces Indiana Jones Celebration for Mac

3E6D3C7C-DA4E-4EF0-8263-29026559E32D.jpgIn celebration of the new Indiana Jones movie, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the Iconfactory announced on Tuesday that it has set up a page that will include Leopard (and Vista) resources: icons, custom dock for Mac, and desktop pictures. Get them HERE

(Via macobserver.)

Mac video/text Tutorials! Tons…..FREE!!!

Apple Video and Text Tutorials

There are tons of helpful Video and Text Tutorials on Apple’s web site – For beginners, switchers and Mac Geeks! Check em’ out, I’m sure there is something for you too!


Apple video tutorials:

Get Started With Mac
Anatomy of a Mac
Move to Mac
Windows on a Mac
Wireless Basics
Setting Up Your Wireless Network
Wireless Printing, Backup, and More

Text tutorials

Customizing Your Mac
Customize Your Mighty Mouse
Customize Your Mac With a Screen Saver
See Your Way Clear With Exposé
Open Applications Automatically on Start-up
Quickly Switch Between Applications
Dictionary Definitions in One Click
Go Home
Backup Your Music, Photos, and Other Documents
Quickly Activate Your Screensaver
Take a Quick Look
Capturing Screenshots
Using the Dock
Change the Position of the Dock
Add an Application to the Dock
Remove an Application from the Dock
Using Mail
Email a PDF
Quickly Email a Photo
Add an RSS Feed to Mail
Email a Web Link Instantly
Using Addressbook
Fill Out Forms Quickly
Automatically Add Email Addresses in Mail
Create a Birthdays Calendar
Using Safari
Blocking Internet Ads
Create Your Own Dashboard Widget
Create a Bookmark
Open a Web Page from the Dock
Using iCal
Share an iCal Schedule
Subscribe to an iCal Calendar
Using iChat
Add a Buddy to iChat
Create a Buddy Icon with Photo Booth

Get Geek Fit! Free Video Workouts for Your iPod

Download Free Video Workouts for Your iPod
Men’s Health magazine online offers four free workout videos that you can download, drag into iTunes, and sync directly to your iPod. The routines range in intensity from the at-home muscle plan—which suggests a circuit of exercises you can do at home—to more gym-focused workouts like the “Ultimate Strength-Boosting” workout.


The videos are short and serve more as reminders for how to correctly do the exercises rather than 30-minute as-you-go walkthroughs. For even more free iPod video workouts, check out previously mentioned iPod Gym. The Men’s Health videos require a free registration with the site (or quickly stopping the page load before it hides the direct video links).

Men’s Health Downloads

(Via Lifehacker.)