GriP: a free Growl-like notification system for the iPhone (Jailbreak only)

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GriP, a new notification system based on the well-known Prowl, has been released in Cydia, the alternative jailbreak app-store.

It hasn ‘t been updated for several months, but now it ‘s back and it looks promising. Is it the new rival of Elert?

GriP provides an alternative to pop-ups, making push notifications easier to read and more eye-candy. All the notifications are shown in the top-right, covering a small portion of the springboard.

Settings are located in the Settings app. You can actually modify the position of the notifications, the theme and have a preview of them. You can also decide which colour apply to every type of alert making some of them easily capture your attention, or change the time an alert is shown.

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Whenever an alert is shown on the springboard you have two options: you can access the app that sends the notification by tapping on the alert or you can close it by tapping on the X. Moreover, you can change the default text of the alerts as you prefer.

GriP is also shipped with a nice memory control management which, if enabled, turns the app off if the free memory is less than a critical value.

I’ve been testing it for some hours and I find it really cool. It doesn’t occupy too much memory, it doesn’t suck the battery and it’s a nice alternative to the pop-ups, which I personally find annoying. My suggestion is to try it, as long as it is free. At least you can remove it, and you’ll only have spent some time playing with it, not real money.

To try it, look for it in the iSpazio repository, or add http://ispaziorepository.com in the Sources menu in Cydia .

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  • http://intensedebate.com/people/NickBomb NickBomb

    Seems cool. Off-topic: What theme are you using? It looks very clean.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/hurley Diego Petrucci

      I don't know, I just picked an image from the web. Sorry

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/joshgard Josh Gard

    Just installed GriP! Great find! I've disabled elert while I'm trying out GriP. So far it seems pretty nice.

    I like how I can receive push alerts from apps without them blocking my interaction with whatever I'm currently doing. I can set some alerts to be persistent so they just sit there at the bottom of my screen to be delt with once I'm done with whatever I'm doing.

    Other alerts, like new message alerts, will fade away after 5 seconds, much like my Outlook alerts on my Windows computer. They're more informational, but only serve a purpose if I'm actually looking at them when they appear. If I don't act immediately on an email alert, I don't need them to stay up on the screen.

    It'll be interesting to see how this app gets expanded on. I noticed there's a spot for themes, but only one installed. Are there additional themes to download? GriP provides app hooks, are there other apps that take advantage of GriP's alerts?

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Ragart Thomas

      spent the evening looking this app up….there's a great piece here: http://mobilegeekdom.blogspot.com/2009/10/one-ste

      but unfortunately that cool double header theme he talks about doesn't really work. Just tried it … and it crashes springboard when you receive multiple notifications. However, there is hope. Grip's development days may be numbered, but there's someone else starting another notification project called iNotifyEx which basically continues the saga.

      We'll see :P

      also…ditto on the "what them are you using, Diego?" sentiment.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Ragart Thomas

      spent the evening looking this app up….there's a great piece here: http://mobilegeekdom.blogspot.com/2009/10/one-ste

      but unfortunately that cool double header theme he talks about doesn't really work. Just tried it … and it crashes springboard when you receive multiple notifications. However, there is hope. Grip's development days may be numbered, but there's someone else starting another notification project called iNotifyEx which basically continues the saga.

      We'll see :P

      also…ditto on the "what them are you using, Diego?" sentiment.

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/joshgard Josh Gard

        And I am uninstalling GriP one day later. Every time I get multiple alerts, it crashes the springboard. For instance, if the phone is in my pocket, and a push alert comes through which is set to be persistent and stay on screen, and I don't respond to it before getting another alert, when that second one comes in, it shows up for a second before crashing the springboard. Happens every. single. time. Too troublesome for me. Removing it and going back to elert for email notifications, and regular popups for push notifications. Grip seems like a nice concept, but too unstable for me.

        • http://intensedebate.com/people/Ragart Thomas

          I'll wait for the next version as well.

  • Zan

    I don’t run elert but I read that it interrupts gaming by popping up when you are playing and possibly covering controls. Does GriP have the same issue?

    • antonioj

      You can choose for GriP not to pop in the apps you want

  • http://mobilegeekdom.blogspot.com antonio

    Thomas, only version 1.0 of the DHSB theme works stable

    http://iphone-quickreply.googlecode.com/files/Dou

    @Patrick, GriP is to be replaced by iNotifyEx. The dev is back to actively develop it!!

    http://mobilegeekdom.blogspot.com/2009/10/inotify

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/patrickj patrickj

      Thanks for the update Antonio – that's good news.