Growl removed from Mac App Store – code remains available on GitHub
Growl developer Christopher Forsythe has discontinued the software via blog entry announced. After 17 years of survival it is now final Enough. Forsythe gives several reasons for this: Apple’s new hardware platform for Macs (M1 chip) and the ever more extensive linking of macOS apps with Apple’s message center. The lack of opportunities to improve Growl beyond the status quo also plays a role. Since the notification center in macOS has now developed into a standard notification system similar to that in iOS, Forsythe sees no point in optimizing Growl for the new ARM Macs.
Accordingly, he removed the application from the Mac App Store. However, the programming code is still left GitHub to disposal. In any case, the software hadn’t been updated for years and felt like a relic from a bygone era – despite numerous interesting features that users of Apple’s message center have to do without.
Notification pioneer in Mac OS X
In the early years of Mac OS X, Growl was one of the pioneers in terms of notification functions. Without Growl, developers had only rudimentary options for displaying messages from their apps in the incarnations of Apple’s operating system. With Growl, there was a cross-app and feature-rich system that many third-party providers supported. Growl notices could be sent as an email, for example, to inform users on the go.
Ultimately, however, Apple’s in-house solution prevailed after the company announced the Mac message center at WWDC 2012. Ironically, then WWDC was the only Apple developer fair Christopher Forsythe ever attended in person.