Why would you contaminate your email with a Gmail account? Not having done an official count– or even much Google searching– the most popular email provider is Google’s own Gmail. Mac users have Gmail choices aplenty. From Safari to Mail, from Airmail to Spark, and Mailplane.
Ease. Of. Use.
For almost as long as I can remember, I have kept Gmail email away from Mac Mail and stuffed into its own Safari tab. There’s just something about segregating Gmail into the bowels of a browser that makes me feel in control.
A few years ago, as I was trying out various Gmail apps for the staff and faculty in the school where I work, that I came across Mailplane. Simply put, this is an app for Gmail. Why? Have you seen the official Gmail app for the Mac? Neither have I. Gmail in Chrome might be official.
Mailplane, though is an interesting email app for Gmail because it does for Mac users what Google does– kinda, sorta, mostly– for iPhone and Android smartphone users. It integrates Gmail, Calendar, Contacts, and even Google’s new Inbox accounts into a single app, a single location.
Does that not look like an email app for the Mac? For Gmail? That’s exactly what Mailplane is.
The app itself is intuitive and comes with most of the bells and whistles you would expect in an email application on the Mac. Notifiers in the Menubar tell you how many messages are unread. Search is fast. Navigation is fast. And it handles multiple Gmail accounts. Fast.
Mailplane even handles annotation and shapes on message images. Plus, it integrates with Photos on the Mac, Evernote, Fantastical, OmniFocus, Things, Launchbar, Microsoft Office and Apple’s iWork app suite.
Keyboard shortcuts? Gmail has some that are special and Mailplane has those, too. If Google designed a Mac email app for Inbox and Gmail, Mailplane would likely be the one. Except for one thing.
Now, remember, you’re already into the Gmail ecosystem, so a Mac email app that focuses on app integration and Google as a platform won’t come free and this one is not– but there is a try-before-you-buy version and that means you can take it for a spin to see if it’s worth the hype.
Hey, even Lexus doesn’t give you a 30-day guarantee. Besides, using Gmail in a browser window is just so 1999.