Growl - A cool system notification utility

I must admit I am not big on the whole "installing OSX utilities" thing. Call me ol' plain vanilla flavored OSX user, but those extra system utilities never did it for me. To me, these things were a bit pointless, resource eating app running in the back, doing some uninteresting minuscule thing. Having said all of that, today I tried Growl... and I like it!

If you are not aware what Growl is, let me quote some info straight from the developer's site
Growl is a notification system for Mac OS X: it allows applications that support Growl to send you notifications.
So what apps (that you may already have!) bring Growl support? From my own experience I can tell you that: Adium, Skype, and Tangerine! are some of them.

One of the cool things that you may not know, is that you can add Growl support to apps that may not have it from the start. As a quick example via the use of plugins and a small app I have Azureus and iTunes spewing out notifications at me.

Of course, you can customize the look of the notification displays to your heart's content. The
application offers plenty of flexibility in the customization area, as well as been pretty lightweight on system resources.

So there you have it, if you want a pretty lightweight, useful, system utility take a look at Growl. Highly recommended.

P.s. If you are wondering what's the name of the Azereus plugin for Growl notifications, it's called Ribbit

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