Growl shows that open source and the Mac App Store mix
Posted 03 October 2011 - 12:57 PM
"If you're currently running Growl 1.2.2 or earlier, download and run the Growl uninstaller prior to purchasing and downloading Growl 1.3 from the Mac App Store. Your preferences and settings should be untouched after running the uninstaller." Pay attention to this.
I found the update on the App Store before reading this, and downloaded v. 1.3 - there's no mention of the aforementioned caveat to uninstall v 1.2.x first. I ran my shiny new app, and the new app indicated that there's an older version and offered up a link to the uninstaller for the old version of Growl - which I did and ran it. Voila, the v 1.2.x is uninstalled. Annnnnd, so is my shiny new 1.3 that I just paid $1.99 for. Annnnnd, the shiny new app isn't showing up in my App Store "Purchased" apps. What a PITA. Grrrrr.
Edit: Had to reboot, now the App Store is allowing me to re-download the 1.3 version (left the OP intact). Mission Control is now showing a "GrowlHelperApp" with a ghosted question mark in the icon. Now Lion can start Growling...
This post has been edited by bonesb: 03 October 2011 - 01:22 PM
Posted 03 October 2011 - 01:02 PM
Posted 03 October 2011 - 01:19 PM
I'm a little skeptical about the move from System Preferences. The Mac App Store approval process may not allow this, but I think it makes perfect sense for system-wide utilities to be controlled via the System Prefs. The same thing has happened with both iStat Menus and Little Snitch, and I think it feels weird. Launch the app to change its settings, even though it's already running... Doesn't sit right with me.
Posted 03 October 2011 - 01:28 PM
If you're running an old version of Mac OS X and see an application listed as "Mac App Store only" your first instinct should be to look for what version it will run on, rather than expecting the author of the piece to pander to the fact that you can't be bothered to read the whole article before jumping into another app to download it.
As a matter of fact, I just tried to search for Growl in the Mac App Store store (before I read this article), and it doesn't even appear yet. I found the link at the end of the article *in the same paragraph* as the requirement for 10.7:
So you would have been better off to read the rest of the article for the link as well as the limitation.
Posted 03 October 2011 - 01:43 PM
Um ... yeah. Ditto.
Edit: Seeing d00d's comment I went back to find the link. Yes, it works. But searching for Growl in the App Store didn't turn it up. Is there a caching thing going on with the App Store app?
It's so freaking slow that I always assumed it was a live connection.
This post has been edited by TheFLP: 03 October 2011 - 01:47 PM
Posted 03 October 2011 - 01:46 PM
Thanks for the tip- it worked. Strangely, the the app isn't accessible any other way for me.
This post has been edited by kimhill: 03 October 2011 - 01:46 PM
Posted 03 October 2011 - 01:54 PM
Posted 03 October 2011 - 01:57 PM
It's very typical (on the iOS App Store at least) for Apps to be available in the store before they have made it into the search engine.
This post has been edited by jowie: 03 October 2011 - 01:58 PM