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Summary:

For those of you who don’t know, Mailplane is an application that combines the best of two worlds: Gmail and your Mac. Mailplane is essentially Mail.app for your Gmail account. It allows all of the functionality of regular Gmail, but adds a lot to make life […]

For those of you who don’t know, Mailplane is an application that combines the best of two worlds: Gmail and your Mac. Mailplane is essentially Mail.app for your Gmail account. It allows all of the functionality of regular Gmail, but adds a lot to make life easier.

You can compose, save and send email like in a regular browser, but application buttons allow you to compose, send, browse, reply, forward, and Mailplane even includes all of Gmail’s shortcuts. Sending pictures is way faster with drag-and-drop functionality and a media browser. Mailplane also incorporates your contacts from Address Book, which makes sending group emails a piece of cake. The difference between Mailplane and a regular desktop mail client is that Mailplane doesn’t download all your emails, it leaves them on Gmail’s servers.

If Gmail’s settings aren’t optimized for Mailplane, it will let you know, and then take you to the settings page that will enable the feature that you don’t have turned on, in my case, it took me to the Gmail shortcuts settings page.

Uncomplex gmbh added more than 30 improvements to the program. Here are the highlights:

  • Auto-completion for adding and removing labels
  • Hide the Spam count and invitation boxes in the sidebar (nice touch, removes an annoying bold spam folder and invites box)
  • OmniFocus “clipping” integration (plugin links OmniFocus task to your conversation)
  • Do Not Disturb mode keeps Mailplane from interrupting your intense GTD time (when you turn off this mode, you are notified with Growl, sounds, and message counts)
  • Copy and paste images and files from Finder to Mailplane.

Current users of Mailplane 1 will be upgraded to Mailplane 2 for free (very gentlemanly of them, don’t you think?), otherwise it is only $24.95. Mailplane works on Tiger and Leopard.

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  1. Wow. I didn’t know anything could be this awful. All it is is an SSB (Site Specific Browser) with a few extraneous functions, most of which aren’t really that awesome. I might use this if it was free, but at $24.95, I’ll stick with Fluid.app, which gives me essentially the same thing for free.

  2. Chris, there really are some nice features that make this better than a Fluid instance.

    I don’t like paying for software but I paid for this. This comes in especially handy if you have multiple accounts you need to check. Also the keyboard shortcuts are great. To me, Mailplane is worth it.

  3. Is there any reason that you would use this instead of just enabling IMAP in GMail and using Mail.app for $0??

  4. » Macinme Daily #155 « Macinme Archiv Friday, August 22, 2008

    [...] Mailplane 2 Beta is Available [...]

  5. That’s what I would like to know as well. Mail is good enough and with imap why bother with this stuff?

  6. I tried it and the first thing I thought was why the freak didn’t I just go to gmail.com instead. The integration points are nice but not enough to convince me to spend cash on it. I gave it a fair shot, but at face value this seems like an app that could’ve be cranked out in a month of good solid focus.

  7. Here are the few reasons why I use it, vs. Fluid (which I also use for some other sites):
    – Drag and drop attachments: I use Safari as my primary browser, so the FFox plugins for this aren’t of much help
    – Manage multiple gmail accounts w/ saved login settings
    – easy email integration with iPhoto
    – Integrated status + growl notifications in menu bar – similar to free Gmail status, but is hooked into the whole multiple accounts thing
    – toolbar at top actually saves a lot of scrolling over time. For ex. when you can click the delete toolbar item, without having to scroll to the top or bottom of a msg w/in the gmail ui

    I can understand why that may not be enough for some to bother paying for it. But I was an early adopter, before Fluid gained any prominence, and I’m still happy with it.

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