Full disclosure time. I don’t like Google’s Gmail. Actually, Gmail as an email service is OK, but I don’t like Google digging through my messages like a homeless person or government spook might rifle through my trash.
So, we of the Mincey persuasion use Gmail sparingly, delete messages ASAP, and hope that we never write or receive a message with anything incriminating or scandalous that might bring down neighborhood property values.
If you must use Gmail, and there are about a billion people on planet earth that like to, Mailplane is one of the best ways to do email. It’s Gmail on a Mac app. Wait. What? Doesn’t Apple’s own Mail app also do Gmail? Yes, but Apple’s way. Mailplane is the Gmail way.
First of all, it’s a Gmail email application, but it’s multi-account aware so switching between multiple Gmail accounts is instant. It even handle Google Calendar within the app. You can still use Mail keyboard shortcuts if you’re so inclined, but Mailplane can be set up to be the Mac’s default email app.
Mailplane is sophisticated enough to use Gmail plugins on a per account basis, and, if you wish, hide all the Googly advertising to reduce distractions. Attachments can be viewed in QuickLook. The latest version has an option to go all in with Google– Google Contacts gets its own tab.
Mac email power users will appreciate power options, including an AppleScript aware interface so personal workflow can be improved. Mailplane works with Notification Center and the all important Do Not Disturb mode so you won’t be alerted of incoming messages until you want the alert.
To be fair about Gmail, Mailplane is nicely done, if a bit pricey; after all, it’s just email, though totally Gmail centric.