Skinotronic 1.0 Display Style for Growl 1.1.4

UPDATE: Newer version available! See also "Skinotronic 1.7 (Now With Retina Support!)"

(You should download Growl 1.1.4 if you haven't already done so.)

Skinotronic 1.0 Display Style – Normal Priority

Hey kiddles! Do you like Growl? Is your Mac connected to a 1080p display? If you answered, "FUCK YES!!!!!" to both those questions then friend, Skinotronic is the Growl style for you! Never again will you have to leave the comfort of your bed or the couch to read a Growl notification because Skinotronic is HUEG LIEK XBOX!

Skinotronic Employs All Five Priority Levels:

  • Very Low - Pretend this static image is pulsing green and you'll get the idea.
  • Moderate - As as you can see in this screenshot multiple lines of text are no problem.
  • Normal - Your standard issue white on black. No pulsing.
  • High - Smaller size and font but still legible from a distance. No pulsing.
  • Emergency - Pulses faster than Very Low and Moderate. You should use this one to warn you when you're in danger of running out of disk space from all the porn, anime and music you're downloading.

The Big Picture

What!? You're still not convinced? Here, take this beautiful 1920x1080 PNG screenshot and make it your desktop wallpaper. Now see how far away you can stand from the display before the message becomes difficult to read. How far were you able to stand? I'm guessing very. If you liked that test drive just imagine how INCREDIBLE it's going to be when the notifications are live and pertinent to your interests!!

P.A.Q. — Preemptively Answered Questions

"Skinotronic"? What up with that name?
The name is Fallen's contribution. I explained what I was working on and that I needed a name. He said he would text me his suggestions. I was typing the names into Google as he sent them and Skinotronic was the first one with zero results—Shocking!—and that's why I chose it. This occupied less than half an hour.

What other names were suggested?
In order from first to last: Noticefaction, Annoying Notification Program For Random Shit (ANPRS for short), Ballercon v5.0, Random Skin 5.0, Shnizlefizzledorf, Kokanaynay, Skinotronic Skin v0.5, Boilface, Crotchcomet and Zingzongzoom. Boilface and Crotchcomet were my favorites but they came up in too many search results.

Is Skinotronic based on WebKit or Cocoa?

Can you port Skinotronic to Growl for Windows?
No, but it's not for a lack of trying! I downloaded the Display SDK but they lost me at the Getting Started section. It says you need to know C#, VB.NET or VC++.NET and have a copy of Visual Studio. I have neither the skills nor the software, my apologies.

What about Snarl?
If there was demand for it I'd be willing to port Skinotronic to Snarl. It would be a fun challenge to see if I could make it identical to the Mac version. I don't use Snarl on my PC but it looks nice.

There is a space between the bottom or top edge of my screen and the notification when I use Very Low, Moderate, Normal or Emergency. Why is that?
It is because the screen you're using it with has the dock and menu bar on it. I tried every CSS trick in the book but there's no way to offset that space through WebKit. You can manually offset the space by changing GrowlPaddingY in the plist to a negative number like -11 or something. Download a new copy of Skinotronic to do this. You have to restart Growl for the change to take effect. When you have it looking the way you want feel free to delete the extra copy of Skinotronic.

The drawback to changing the offset is the alerts no longer stack. Your alerts will now be displayed one at a time. But you might like it better that way.

I installed Skinotronic on Growl 1.1.5 but it's not working. Oh wait, I'm missing a lot of styles here...
It's been confirmed that WebKit styles are broken in version 1.1.5 of Growl. The Growl team is already aware of this. I recommend reverting back to 1.1.4 until it's fixed, that's what I did.

Where ca—

How di—

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Uh, no reason...

Author: Alain-Christian | Homepage: MY STADY
Platform: OS X (Alain-Christian ran it on OS X @ 06-16-2009)
License: Freeware | File Size: 1.5 MB | Version: 1.0 | Published: 6-16-2009

Download: Skinotronic 1.0 Display Style for Growl 1.1.4


Anonymous - #
October 7, 2009 at 8:46 AM
It would be great if the style could support other resolutions
Alain-Christian - #
October 8, 2009 at 4:09 PM
I hear you. On my list of planned features is a GUI that lets you customize the appearance. The reason why you can't do that now from the Growl interface is because Skinotronic is based on WebKit. Unfortunately I don't have the time to do it now but I'd be happy to release a custom version for you. What are your needs?
Anonymous - #
October 28, 2009 at 5:00 PM
Would love to see it working on my 30" monitor...unfortunately it's too short.
Alain-Christian - #
October 28, 2009 at 5:02 PM
Width or Height? What dimensions would be ideal for you?
Anonymous - #
October 28, 2009 at 5:44 PM
Width, Using 2560 x 1600 thanks☺
Alain-Christian - #
October 28, 2009 at 5:46 PM
You just need it to be wider, right? Are you okay with the height and font used in the current style?

Man, I really need to make time to study AppleScript. I have really poor time management. I probably could have come out with a tool already. :p
Anonymous - #
October 28, 2009 at 6:13 PM
Yes wider. Height looks fine. You can just take a look at the Music-Video Growl style which get a great font & a good ratio.
Alain-Christian - #
October 28, 2009 at 7:04 PM
Okay, I will TRY to get a version out by tonight but I can't promise that. I'll post again and update the post when I have that for you. If you have any other questions feel free to post them.

I don't know what font the Music Video style uses.
Alain-Christian - #
October 30, 2009 at 8:09 AM
Okay, at the moment my Mac is busy compressing some PNGs but as soon as it's done I'm tackling this!
BGK - #
January 2, 2010 at 4:28 PM
I would like to see a version for my 27" iMac which uses 1560 x 1400 pixels. Thank you so much already! The style itself is close to perfect!
Fareed - #
December 7, 2010 at 9:14 AM
Dude. I love this style but it's way too f@*&ing big for my teeny 13" macbook. Any possibility you can make one that'll support my computer? (The resolution I have is 1280x800).

Please please please!

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