The Growl for Windows 2.0 release is getting close, and we are happy to announce that the first beta version is now publicly available.
*NOTE* - this is beta software. The functionality, interface, and underlying protocol are all subject to change before the final release.
New or improved features:
- Supports new GNTP (Growl Notification Protocol) for cross-platform compatibility
- Supports images in notifications
- Supports playing sounds when notifications are received
- Supports sending callbacks when a notification is clicked/closed
- Keyboard shortcuts for closing last notification and closing all notifications
- History feature that records all notifications
- Missed notifications summary
- Bonjour support enables automatic discovery of other Growl instances on your network (PC or Mac)
- Notification forwarding can now be configured on a per-application or per-notification basis
- New Smokestack display; improved Standard and Visor displays
- Improved UI
- Plug-ins for Outlook (2003/2007), Visual Studio (2005/2008), and iTunes
- Complete developer SDK for creating custom displays
Although v2.0 is based on the entirely new GNTP protocol, it is fully backwards compatible with the 1.* versions of Growl for Windows and the Growl for OS X UDP network protocol.
Download the program and give it a whirl. There are still a few UI items to clean up and refine, and the GNTP spec is not quite 100% finalized yet, but the beta should otherwise be feature-complete. If you find any bugs or have any suggestions, we would love to hear your comments.