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    "Makes Perfect 'Gmail' Sense"

    August 30, 2009  |   By byron_blake


    I am a big gmail user, and a big user of email in general, and I work with mulitple email addresses through the day - I this sounds like you, then I totally recommend Mailplane - this is the easily the best program I've ever found for those tasks.


    Not cons so much as a couple suggestions for nice touches, I've added them in the summary instead.

    The program doesn't seem to have many cons - but it has a lot of very interesting looking add-on functions that I've yet to play with properly.


    At our house we have around 7 or 8 email business and personal address between us - there tedium of having to check email by signing in and out has long seemed like a unneccessary, time wasing process, mostly due gmail's lack of ability to handle multiple logins across different browers tabs.

    This program blends the login/logout handling with the familiar web browser access so you don't need to click on a notifier program to make another program open - it's all integrated as one.

    Instead of stating these as cons, I have a couple of suggestions (but I'm not a programmer so...)

    1. In the menu bar there is a Mailplane logo and total for unread emails. It would great if there were a way to display a breakdown of the unread email different email addresses - then you create an 'at-a-glance' interface, for different people wanting to see if it's them who has recieved a new email.

    2. This is purely GUI pickyness on my part - the 'sliding out from underneath' accounts tab could do with being an on-top thing instead like a regular preferences box. It's a cool trick, but when the window is maximised, it means your workspace suddenly gets shrunk to accomodate the tab. I just prefer choose window sizing for myself, rather than having the program make those choices. Yes - it's picky :)

    3. There's this thing in the preferences called 'Growl' just would have like to know what Grown was before clicking on the bottom - a link to their site.

    Just little things - It's such a great program.

    Our other laptop is a PC so we're encouraged that Mailplane are talking registrations of interest for a PC version - here's hoping they get the interest they need. The 'Family' licensing option means we'll be first through the door if/when they release it. Fingers crossed.

    I work as a screenwriter (excuse the 'pitch') and this has really helped get me get some much needed writing time back, and my wife liked it the first time she used it.

    There's a yardstick of sorts. :)

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