There once was a time when all my Mac would do to notify me about anything was a loud beep. Often the Mac would beep but not display any message which described why it beeped.
We’ve come a long way, baby.
OS X Mountain Lion’s Notification Center is the latest Apple attempt to make the Mac more Growl friendly, and brings official sanctioning to notices and alerts. There’s just not much that’s personal about Notification Center and little customization options.
If you’re an email junkie and need more than a Dock icon badge and number, and more than simple notification that an email has arrived then you’re sure to like Herald. Forget the new Notification Center. These are the email notices you really want.
Herald is a Mail plugin which displays colorful pop up notices whenever email arrives. But it’s more than a notice. There are tools in each pop up window which let you delete messages, reply, view the message or mark a message as read– all without leaving the pop up notice to bring Mail to the front of the screen.
Even better, Herald is loaded with customization features that I’d like to see Apple stick into Notification Center.
Settings will show up in Mail’s Preferences.
Herald features custom background colors, text colors and size, added shadow and transparency options and even where on the Mac’s screen the pop up notice pops up.
The Toolbar makes Herald instantly more useful than a typical notification or alert. Now, here’s the problem. Herald is just one of many notification systems (better than most and priced right). There’s Growl notifications, Herald, and now Apple’s Notification Center.
Remember when the only notification or alert you could get from a Mac was a loud beep? Welcome to information overload.