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Battle of the Windows Notification Apps: Growl for Windows vs. Snarl [Lifehacker Faceoff]

1 Set/09

Mac users have long had an excellent universal notification application called Growl to unify alerts from various applications in OS X. In more recent times, we’ve seen two promising Growl spin-offs spring up for the Windows crowd: Growl for Windows and Snarl.

Snarl is the oldest of the two, and while it didn’t have all that much to offer the first time we covered it, it’s grown significantly in the past year. Growl for Windows, on the other hand, is relatively new (we first saw it back in May), but also features pretty solid support for a lot of popular applications.

Both apps support notifications for iTunes, Google Reader, Gmail, Firefox, and Prowl, the iPhone application that can send push notifications of your notifications. Since most Windows developers don’t support either application by default, you’ll normally need to install a plug-in or script for either Snarl or Growl for Windows to get that added support. That said, both applications have extensive lists of supported applications (Growl for Windows supported apps; Snarl supported apps).

We’re nuts for Growl on OS X, but it’s been hard to decide which to use on Windows—and whether either is really worth using at this point. (We love competition in software, but with these applications, it may also mean developers are less likely to support one out of the box if there isn’t a clear choice.) So if you’ve tried your hand at both, let’s hear what you think:

Which Universal Notification App Do You Like Best?(online surveys)

Got more specific reasons for the app you prefer—or why you don’t like either? Let’s hear it in the comments.


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