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Monday, July 27, 2009

v2.0 Beta 19 released

A new beta version is now available. If you are already running a v2.0 beta, you can use the 'Check for Updates' feature to upgrade automatically, or you can download and install the new beta directly.

*NOTE* - this is beta software. The functionality, interface, and underlying protocol are all subject to change before the final release.

The Beta19 update contains the following changes:

  • added email forwarding option
  • updated url callback handling to be compatible with current GNTP discussions
  • improved Prowl and Twitter forwarding mechanism to be more robust
  • fixed a bug that caused Growl to never consider you idle if your preference was set over 59 seconds
  • fixed a bug that caused disabled forwarding entries to sometimes show as enabled (but still act disabled)
  • fixed a bug that caused per-notification forwarding preferences to overwrite the default forwarding preferences
  • fixed a bug that caused Prowl notifications to infrequently be dropped
  • fixed a bug related to display SettingsPanel being instantiated twice
  • fixed some bugs related to disabled subscriptions
  • updated growlnotify to allow registering multiple notification types
  • added HTTP Monitoring to System Monitor

Any comments, suggestions, feedback, or bug reports are always welcome.

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System Monitor now supports HTTP Monitoring

The latest version of System Monitor adds one often-requested feature: HTTP Monitoring

The HTTP monitoring works just like the Ping monitoring, but uses a user-defined url instead. Labels can be used to give a friendly name to to the site/page being monitored as well.

<!-- HTTP Monitor: must provide the address (url or ip address) of the host to monitor -->
<monitor runFrequency="00:01" type="SystemMonitor.Monitors.HttpMonitor,SystemMonitor">
  <settings>
    <setting name="host" value="http://localhost/fake.page" />
    <setting name="label" value="Fake Site" />
  </settings>
  <notifiers>
    <notifier type="SystemMonitor.Notifiers.GrowlNotifier,SystemMonitor" />
  </notifiers>
</monitor>

Super Important Note: Make sure to make a backup of your .config file *before* installing this update. The update will overwrite your .config file so any changes will be lost otherwise. I apologize for the inconvenience - this will be resolved in the next version.

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Friday, July 17, 2009

v2.0 Beta 18 released

A new beta version is now available. If you are already running a v2.0 beta, you can use the 'Check for Updates' feature to upgrade automatically, or you can download and install the new beta directly.

*Prowl users* - The Prowl API has changed and thus any Prowl forwarding will need to be reconfigured. If you upgrade from Beta16 to Beta18 and Prowl notifications stop working, you will need to delete the Prowl forwarding entry and re-create it using your Prowl API Key, available from the Prowl website:

The Beta18 update contains the following changes:

  • updated Prowl integration to use new API
  • added ability to only forward to Prowl when idle
  • added Twitter forwarding option
  • added ability to edit Forward and Subscription entries
  • fixed a bug when hovering over items in the 'Add Computer' windows
  • fixed a bug that could crash Growl if an application registered with no icon
  • fixed a bug in Detector.DetectIfGrowlIsRunning() that could cause a crash
  • fixed a bug that caused the 'consider me idle after' value to not be updated when the user entered a new value
  • release Google Voice Greasemonkey script
  • updated Thunderbird extension to use message priorities
  • updated System Monitor with labels, sticky prefs, and origin machine name

Any comments, suggestions, feedback, or bug reports are always welcome.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Google Voice support

Although still in limited beta, I have been getting lots of requests from people wanting to use Google Voice with Growl for Windows.

Since Google Voice is a web-based app, i decided to whip up a quick solution using the Greasemonkey support built into the Growl/GNTP Firefox extension. just like the Last.fm and Pandora Greasemonkey scripts, it just took a few lines of code (most of which was adapted from Felipe Oduardo's Fluid notifier).

Anyway, if you are one of the lucky ones with a Google Voice account, give it a try and let me know your feedback.

Google Voice Growl script

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Prowl - notifications on your iPhone

Prowl is a new Growl client for the iPhone. Notifications can be forwarded from your Mac or PC and show up as push notifications on your iPhone (or iPod Touch).

Prowl originally only worked with Growl on the Mac, but the latest (Beta16) release of Growl for Windows adds Prowl support.

***UPDATE 2:*** - (7/13/2009) - There is a new beta version of GfW available that includes the ability to only forward to Prowl when you are idle or away. You can download it from this link, but note that the Prowl API has changed and thus any Prowl forwarding will need to be reconfigured. If you install the Beta17 and Prowl notifications stop working, you will need to delete the Prowl forwarding entry and re-create it using your Prowl API Key (available from the Prowl website).

***UPDATE:*** - There was a bug in GfW that caused the priority of forwarded notifications to be incorrectly set. This bug was making it appears as if the Prowl preferences to limit notifications by priority were not working. I have fixed this bug and re-uploaded the Beta16 code. If you have already updated, please update to the even-newer v2.0.0.16.1 - thanks

Using Prowl with Growl for Windows

Installation:
Prowl is built into Growl for Windows, so there is nothing extra to download. (Requires GfW v2.0b16 or higher)

Setup:
On the 'Network' tab, make sure the 'Forward notifications to other computers' box is checked. Click the green + button to add a forwarding destination. In the window that appears, click the iPhone icon to configure Prowl:

Description: a friendly name for the iPhone (also helps differentiate if you want to forward to multiple devices)
API Key: your Prowl API Key
Only forward when priority is at least: lets you select which notifications get forwarded based on priority. selecting '[Any Priority]' will forward all notifications regardless of priority

Click the Save button and the newly-configured iPhone should show up in the list of forwarded computers. Notifications received from that point on will be forwarded to Prowl.

This is a brand-new feature, so if you have any suggestions, encounter any issues, or just have feedback in general, let me know in the GfW discussion forums.

v2.0 Beta 16 released

A new beta version is now available. If you are already running a v2.0 beta, you can use the 'Check for Updates' feature to upgrade automatically, or you can download and install the new beta directly.

*NOTE* - this is beta software. The functionality, interface, and underlying protocol are all subject to change before the final release.

The Beta16 update contains the following changes:

  • added ability to forward notifications to iphones via Prowl
  • fixed a bug that could cause a crash if the system tray icon was double clicked before Growl was done initializing
  • added link to Displays tab for finding and installing additional displays

Some network forwarding and subscription preferences may be lost when upgrading to Beta16. You can re-add the preferences and they will be saved properly going forward.

Any comments, suggestions, feedback, or bug reports are always welcome.

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