Instead of having to switch back and forth from what you’re doing to Mail or a browser window to check email, have the email come to the Mac’s Menubar. Simple. Easy. Cheap. And incredibly accessible.
There’s no better way to handle Gmail on your Mac (unless Siri starts reading email and answering messages).
Email In The Menubar
MailTab Pro is a pleasantly inexpensive Mac email app. It’s only for Gmail, but what it does is enough to make you want to ditch your other email accounts for this.
First, it sits in the Mac’s Menubar so it’s always a single click away. Second, you get alerts to incoming email.
If your Mac’s Menubar is too crowded, no worries. MailTab Pro also has a desktop mode (and you can switch back and forth).
When a new message hits your Gmail account, MailTab Pro’s Menubar icon turns bright red. But you can also add customizable audio alerts.
My favorite view is the Menubar pop down window.
If you prefer a more full-featured approach to Gmail, but don’t want to immerse yourself in Apple’s built-in Mail app, MailTab also goes big screen.
MailTab Pro also features popup notifications. Set it up to notify you whenever a new message arrives. The popup displays the sender and subject.
There’s an interesting feature that gives MailTab Pro more of a stealth mode. The opacity slider changes the transparency of the app’s window (handy if you want to check mail in an office but don’t want others to see what you’re doing).
The MailTab Pro window can be resized. Moving between messages is also gesture aware for trackpad users.
As you type you get built-in spellchecking, plus the option to customize the font size. This is a nicely done email app that’s priced at about the same as a trip to Starbucks.
The only real negative is that it’s Gmail only, so if you have other, non-Gmail email accounts, you’ll still need to use Apple’s Mail app.