updated 08:20 pm EST, Fri November 12, 2010
Manages, timelines, filters notices
Boxcar, an iOS app that has gained a solid reputation for handling multiple push notifications from various social networks, RSS feeds and email in a more logical manner than the default system Apple uses, is to relaunch very soon with a major overhaul to v4, bringing all-new organizing and filtering of messages, support for even more Twitter clients, the option to reply right from within the app or launch the associated application with that service, added support for Google Voice, Google Buzz, GitHub and other social hubs and more. The new version even supports Growl, allowing you to receive notifications from your computer at home on your mobile device.
The completely redesigned app now uses a "shelf" metaphor for storing and managing the various services you want BoxCar to handle. Apple's own system simply replaces one push notification with the next one and does now show a timeline of when messages arrived or allow users to browse previous notifications.
Boxcar stores the notifications into groups by time or service, user-filtered to highlight particular senders, and allows either quick replies or re-tweets from within the app or will launch the associated service's own app. It can present -- or suppress -- notifications from any supported service the user wishes. Boxcar also runs its own "App Recommendations" service, allowing its users to recommend other apps and forwarding the most popular ones for customers to learn about.
Boxcar is free on the App Store (page not yet updated), with a $5 option to disable in-app advertising. It works with all iOS devices capable of running iOS 3.0.1 or higher.