MailPlane – A Quick Review of A Gmail Desktop Client for Mac

Posted in Apps on 05/11/2010 by Cormac Moylan

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Hi. My name is Cormac and I’m a Gmail addict. I spend about 3 hours a day sending, reading, and replying to email. You might think that that is pretty bad but that’s not the worst part!
I also have multiple Gmail accounts!

This means either associating each Gmail account with a specific browser to avoid the headache of logging in and out all day long, or, live with logging in and out of accounts throughout the day and slowly go crazy!

Neither are enjoyable.

So, when I heard of MailPlane I was a little bit excited (sad, I know!). MailPlane is a desktop based email client for Gmail.

Once you have installed MailPlane, and added your Gmail account, it sits within single-click distance in your dock like any other application. This is great for those of us that practically live within our inbox.

What I like most about MailPlane is that it supports multiple Gmail and Google Apps accounts. No more logging in and out of accounts to get to your mail, and no more Firefox = work email and Safari = personal email problems.

Phew! A bit of harmony and stability at long last!

Mail Plane embeds the design of Gmail within the app meaning that you don’t need to figure out how to use it when you first get started. It looks and behaves exactly like the browser version, but with added functionality.

Some of the added functionality includes the ability to quickly attach screenshots to your emails, a dedicated window for Google Talk, quickly jump between accounts, Growl email notifications, quickly add contacts from Address Book, and it even triggers a sound for new email notifications.

Another interesting feature is the ability to enable two plugins – Load Rapportive & TrueNew. Rapportive replaces Google Ads with a profile of the person you are emailing. Rapportive finds information about your contact by searching various online services using your contact’s email address. TrueNew replaces the unread email count in your inbox with a count of the amount of unread email since the last time you visited your inbox – a very handy plugin for those of us that have a few thousand unread emails in our inbox!

The guys from MailPlane have even broken down the major advantages of using their software rather than accessing Gmail through your browser in this handy comparison chart and they produced a series of screencasts that highlight many of the features of MailPlane.

A 30 day trial of MailPlane is available to download from MailPlaneApp.com and if you’re an addict like me then you probably already clicked the link and downloaded the app!



  • http://rapportive.com Rahul Vohra

    Hey Cormac, I'm Rahul from Rapportive. Just wanted to chime in here and give a big thumbs up for Mailplane. We use it everyday here :)

  • http://www.mactrast.com Cormac Moylan

    Hi Rahul. Thanks for dropping by. I started using Rapportive this morning in Gmail. Keep up the great work!

  • JimD

    Firefox for Mac already has an add on that does this and more. "Webmail notifier" allows you to check mulitiple Gmail accounts as well as Hotmail, Yahoo and a bunch of others….plus it's free!

    Works great, I use it all the time. If you have emails from different accounts, clicking on them opens up each separate account in a new tab.

  • http://www.mactrast.com Cormac Moylan

    Thanks for the comment, Jim. And thanks for pointing out those apps.

  • D.A.

    I use Notify, its not a Gmail replica for Mac but does a decent job of notifying of any mail in your multiple Gmail accounts even when your browser is not open. Also supports Growl notifications and has a nice pop up option where you can reply/delete/mark as unread etc for all mails received. Like I said its not a gmail replica, useful for ppl who would actually go to Gmail to reply mails (like myself) you can use it for free or it has a pro option for about 10$.

  • Geert Acke

    hi guys,
    does anyone know of an email client that connects to multiple gmail and other accounts AND allows me to import my existing local Thunderbird folders, so that I can backup those local folders online ?
    my best,
    Geert

Cormac Moylan

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Cormac Moylan

Cormac is the head honcho behind MacTrast. Based in Cork, Ireland, his first foray into the Apple world was way back in 2006 when he purchased an iMac followed by a Macbook around 4 weeks later. He currently owns a Macbook Pro, iMac, Mac Mini, iPhone 4, iPod Touch, and Apple TV. But he prefers to buy watches. Go figure!