Even if you’re just a little bit nerdy, you probably use Growl. It’s a great notification system for your Mac that countless apps take advantage of. Well, we’re increasingly away from our Macs because we have iPads and iPhones to play with. Luckily, we have two apps that will display your Mac’s growl notifications on your iOS device.
First up, we have Howl. This is a very modern looking snazzy little app that works both on your iPad and iPhone/iPod touch. You can buy a universal binary of Howl for a mere $2.99 USD, and you’ll get alerts on your iOS device every time Growl triggers on your Mac. If you don’t want every notification, you can selectively turn off notifications from certain apps, so you won’t get spammed to death.
Next up, we have Prowl. Here’s an app that has been around longer, and it does the same sort of thing. If you want Growl notifications on your iPhone, Prowl will work fine. Sadly, there isn’t an iPad optimized version of Prowl. You pay the same $2.99 USD for Prowl that you do with Howl, so it’s hard for me to recommend Prowl for anyone with an iPad. iPhone and iPod touch users might prefer its user interface though. If you’re undecided, please take a look at the screenshot before you decide to buy.
No matter which one you pick for your setup, I’m sure you’ll be pleased with the result. You no longer have to hover around your iMac waiting for that Handbrake encode to finish. Try them out, and leave a comment on this post with your thoughts.