Why? The junk mail filter if fabulous. Gmail works everywhere. It’s free. The problem with using Gmail is not so obvious. Yes, free, but at a price. Gmail works everywhere, including OS X Mail and iOS Mail. Gmail comes with a bunch of rather cool features that do not make it to the Mac or iPhone unless you use a Gmail app. Here’s one for the Mac.
Flying With Mailplane
Me and Gmail have a love hate relationship. I love that Gmail is free, is loaded with features and integrates well into Google’s various products. I hate that Gmail on Mac and iPhone’s Mail app is so limited. That’s what made me try Mailplane for the Mac.
Mailplane lets Mac users set up multiple Gmail email accounts and you don’t need to sign in or sign out to use each one. For Mac users who also use Google Calendar you’ll find that Mailplane combines both into a single interface. Mailplane is so good you’d almost think that Apple designed it for Mac users. It comes with Mail-like keyboard shortcuts, handles Mail PDFs, OS X Services, and can be the default email app on OS X.
The user interface in Mailplane is less cluttered than Mail, but also uses tabs so you can be more productive. The option to send email messages later using a built-in scheduler is worth the price of admission alone. Mailplane handles image attachments (and resizes images as needed; and gives you a preview option). Multiple file attachments can be zipped up as archives automatically.
Among popular email apps for the Mac, Mailplane is more socially adaptable than even Apple’s Mail. Messages can be saved directly to Evernote, image attachments can be sent to iPhoto, PDF attachments can be signed (requires a third party PDF app), and, for Mac geeks, Mailplane is AppleScript savvy.
Mailplane’s Mac Menubar utility makes it easy to see how many messages are waiting in your inbox, and even integrates with OS X’s built-in ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode so you can focus on other tasks and not be distracted by incoming messages.
There’s a lot to like in Mailplane, but the only caveat is this– it’s Google Gmail only. If you buy into Gmail and Google Calendar, you’ll love Mailplane. If you use other email accounts, you’ll have to bounce back and forth between different apps to handle email.