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FMenu version 3.1 was released on January 17, 2010 and includes stability improvements, UI changes to keep up with site updates, and full Snow Leopard compatibility. Note that there are now separate downloads for users of 10.4 and everyone else.

All users are invited to become fans of the FMenu page on facebook as another venue for suggestions, bug reports, and staying informed about program updates.
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Screenshot of FMenu prefs window

FMenu is a program for Mac OS X and Facebook that sits in the menu bar (near the clock) and provides notifications about various events. In addition, it provides a menu to easily access common Facebook pages and keeps a count of your messages, pokes, events, friend requests, wall posts, and photo comments. It also features a "Quicklaunch" box which gives you immediate access to your friends' profiles, groups, and events, as well as Facebook searches (type a phrase and press enter). Notifications are issued using Growl and can be customized to the user's liking (including turning on/off and customizing display style). They are:

FMenu checks for updates by default every 7 seconds (or at whatever interval you set), but checks for each kind of notification (friend details, friend requests, wall, messages/pokes, events) separately. Consequently each particular type of notification is refreshed once every 42 seconds.

Please note: this application will work with most of your friends. However, if you are not getting notifications for some friends, it probably means that they have opted out of releasing their info to applications using the Facebook API. Tell your friends to go to Facebook's Applications & Websites privacy settings and make sure that the checkbox labeled Status updates is checked. Otherwise, FMenu has absolutely no way of retrieving that user's profile.

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Download

<sflogo>188286</sflogo> <digg>http://www.digg.com/apple/FMenu_Facebook_notifications_via_Growl</digg> The latest version is 3.1. It is a Universal Binary and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or better. Note that since version 3.1, there are separate downloads for users of Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5 and above, due to 64-bit loading issues with Growl. However, there is no functional difference between the versions. The 10.5 and above binary is 64-bit and fully compatible with Snow Leopard.

FMenu is released under the GNU General Public License. Source code can be found inside the application package by going to FMenu.app/Contents/Resources/Source or checked out using SVN from SourceForge.

Older versions can be obtained below; however, they are unsupported, generally inferior, and only provided for archival purposes.

Installation

Simply download the appropriate file above, then double-click it. FMenu.app will appear in the same folder as the .zip file you just downloaded. Move FMenu.app to your Applications and double-click it to open. You might also want to add it to your startup items by going to System Preferences→Accounts, selecting your account on the left, then clicking on the Login items tab. Click the + button and choose FMenu from the window that appears.

As of version 2.5, you can have your Facebook credentials saved by checking the according checkbox on the login page. Note that FMenu does not store your actual password and that this procedure does not compromise the security of your Facebook account in any way.

Acknowledgments

This application completely relies on MKAbeFook framework written by Mike Kinney to communicate with the Facebook API. In addition, the first version of the app was written by Logan Rockmore of Logan Design.

Known issues

There is also a FAQ of common questions and problems. If you have other questions or problems, please follow the instructions on the discussion page.

Version history

3.1

released January 17, 2010 – current version download for 10.4 only and 10.5 and above (including Snow Leopard)

3.0

released April 18, 2008archived download

2.5

released July 4, 2007archived download

2.1

released Mar 31, 2007archived download

2.0

released Feb 26, 2007archived version download

1.7

released Feb 12, 2007archived version download

1.6

released Feb 10, 2007archived version download

1.5

released Feb 5, 2007archived version download

1.4

released Jan 18, 2007archived download

Note: due to the name change from FaceMenu to FMenu, you will need to recreate your Growl notification settings after installing 1.4. Application preferences will carry over, however.

1.3

released Jan 13, 2007archived download

1.2

released Jan 1, 2007archived download

1.1

released Dec 26, 2006archived download

1.0

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