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Desktop Notifications

  • 08:33:34 pm on July 14, 2009 | # | 0

    We’ve always worked hard to give a desktop like experience using our web interface without the need to (constantly) download an app. Most users keep twitter app running all the time. However, it takes up much of the screen space and restricts you from working. One way to solve it is for the app to display notifications. In our case (web interface), the notification can be shown in the browser area and hence requires the browser to occupy much of your screen area all the time. In the last beta, we added OS X Growl style notifications for replies from non-friends on the main timeline.

    This time, we go a step further. We show you notifications on your desktop without having the browser open; thus saving you all of screen area and allowing you to concentrate on your work much better! Here are three awesome ways to get more out of Filttr.

    Fluid App

    Fluid is a cocoa app (exclusive to OSX Leopard) by Todd Ditchendorf which allows one to create SSB (site specific browsers).

    When launched, Fluid displays a little tiny window where you specify the URL of a WebApp you’d like to run in a Site Specific Browser. Provide an application name, specify a Location and an Icon, click ‘Create’ and you’ll be prompted to launch the new native Mac app you’ve just created.

    Growl Notifications

    When you get a new tweet, a growl notification is shown.

    Growl Notifications

    Growl Notifications

    Dock Badges

    This provides a true count of total number of unread tweets across all windows/tabs regardless of no. of aliases open!

    Dock badges

    Dock badges

    Requirements:

    OSX Leopard
    Growl (recommended)

    Download: http://www.fluidapp.com/dist/Fluid_0.9.6.zip

    Yip

    When Abhimanyu Raja released Yip, a Firefox addon (extension), we @Filttr finally found a way to support desktop notifications on all major OS’s. It works just fine with OSX, Linux and even windows.

    Although OSX users are treated with growl, notifications on Linux and Windows aren’t as pretty. However, Ubuntu (a famous Linux distro) has shown much interest to support Yip and we are expected to get . One of our¬† developers is also working on adding support for Growl on Windows. *NEW* Swaroop Hegde has contributed code into Yip to support Growl for Windows.

    This how notifications show up using Yip on OSX, Linux and Windows:

    Yip on OSX

    Yip on OSX

    Yip on Linux (Ubuntu)

    Yip on Linux (Ubuntu)

    Yip on Growl for Windows

    Yip on Windows (using Growl for Windows) *NEW*

    Requirements:

    Firefox (3.5 recommended)
    Growl on OSX (recommended)
    Growl For Windows (recommended)

    Download: http://blog.abi.sh/yip-0.1.xpi

    GrowlerGrowler

    Growler is a plug-in for Safari by Aditya Mukherjee, who also co-founded Filttr! It’s only supported for OSX but the source code is open and hence we expect someone to release a windows version soon.

    Once installed, you’ll receive growl notifications for incoming tweets.

    Growl Notifications

    Growl Notifications

    Requirements:
    OSX (Leopard recommended)
    Safari (4.x recommended)
    Growl

    Download: http://code.adityamukherjee.com/growler/Growler.dmg
    Note: V1 is no longer supported.

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    We allow customization of all three. You can find the link under “Customize” or on the sidebar on any settings page. You can also toggle notifications¬† Let us know what you think?