MailPlane is a Mac OS X desktop application for Gmail. I know what you’re thinking…$25 for a dedicated Google email browser? I can load Gmail or my Google apps page in any browser for free. I can get my email via POP or IMAP for free. Why Mailplane?
- While Google has IMAP access, with 4 accounts and some large mailboxes I found Mail.app to be unreliable. Searches were slow, crashes were frequent. It would have been more reliable had I used POP to get my mail, but I wanted to keep read states in sync between the Google browser and email client.
- I have 5 Google email accounts that I regularly check, including one @gmail.com address. Bouncing around browser tabs is a pain in the butt. This is especially true for addresses in the same domain, requiring me to sign in and out each time. With MailPlane, I can keep all accounts signed in at the same time and switch back and forth easily. That alone was worth the fee, but wait, there’s more…
- I can use Apple’s Address Book for email addresses.
- MailPlane is tons faster and more flexible than any email client for searching. It’s the browser version of Gmail, after all.
- Drag & drop attachments. Images are automatically optimized.
- Growl notifications and a clean, handy menu bar icon.
- mailto: links direct to MailPlane, not Mail.
I prefer a desktop client for email and couldn’t get used to doing all my email in browser tabs. MailPlane gives me the best of both worlds.