GriP – Growl for the iPhone

GriPI am very excited about this.

The notification system on the iPhone mostly gets the job done, but it’s intrusive and gets annoying quickly if you have many system notifications going on at once. Users have been pining for a solution like Google Android’s system of a drop down list of notifications that do not interrupt what you’re doing on the device.

GriP moves to solve this problem by emulating the functionality of Growl on the iPhone. System notifications come up in a transparent alert box that does not keep you from interacting with whatever application you’re using. You can expand the alert box to see alert content, or close the alert box. The developer is also providing information for developers to hook in to the system from their own applications.

Here is a video posted by showing several of the features of GriP.

It hasn’t been out for long. I can’t find any alternative themes besides what comes built in. I’m hoping to look at the documentation and see if I can make a more finger-friendly theme soon.

But as I said, I’m very excited about this. I hope Apple is paying attention. You can find GriP in Cydia if you have Jailbroken your iPhone or Touch.

More info: The iPhone Blog

Yip: Growl Notifications for Firefox

If you’re using a Mac, and you’re not using Growl, you should go grab that right now. I’ll wait until you come back to continue.

Great, now that you have Growl installed, I want to tell you about the Yip Firefox extension. Yip lets you get Growl notifications from websites that have  notifications enabled using the Prism and Fluid (those are apps that let you run websites as if they were desktop applications) APIs. I found out about the Yip plugin from the Meebo blog, and Meebo seems like one of the web apps to benefit most from Growl notifications.

So head over to the Yip homepage and install the plugin to see what sites are pushing notifications that you didn’t even know about.