One of the world’s most beloved and most used internet applications is email. Sorry. Just kidding. Email is a scourge, the app we love to hate. For Google-ites and Google-holics, everything Google is a good thing, including Gmail.
Google has twenty-eleven apps for the iPhone but for the Mac, not so much as an official Gmail app. The closest thing is a feature laden app called Mailplane which combines Gmail with Google Calendar and plays nice-nice with Safari, iPhoto, Contacts, Evernote, Things, OmniFocus and other friends of Productive-ites.
Mailplane has lots going for it– if you’re into Gmail and Google Calendar, but if both are the center of your Mac life, and you’re tired of using both in a Chrome browser window, check out the app. Think Mail. But better. And Google centric.
Mailplane handles multiple Gmail accounts and understands the true meaning of both Christmas and tabs.
Wait. There’s more! Built in to Mailplane is an option to use Google Calendar. Now those tabs are starting to look pretty sweet, huh?
Accept an invitation and Mailtab switches to the correct calendar tab all by its lonesome. There’s even a notified built-in to the Mac’s Menubar. You know. For notifications.
What if you don’t like all those advertisements that you see in Gmail? Mailplane makes them disappear. A wide variety of plugins extend the Google happiness for texts, social features, reminders, and more, plus this clever app gives you keyboard shortcuts, works with OS X services, and integrates with a number of popular Mac apps.
Here’s the only negative. Mailplane is for Google-ites, members of Google-clan, and bona fide certified Google-holics not on a 12 step program. The app is good enough, though, to make some percentage of the Mac and Apple centric populace want to use Gmail just because of Mailplane. It comes with a price tag so make sure it’s what you want before you go there.