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Mailplane Reviews4.3.2

04 May 2021

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F451
F451
Jun 8 2021
4.3.2
5.0
Jun 8 2021
5.0
Version: 4.3.2
It was with great sadness that I received the following from Lars & Ruben of Mailplane. Mailplane is simply the best means of handling multiple Gmail accounts, if you own a Mac. Mailplane will be missed: June 6, 2021 Mailplane stops selling licenses Hi F451, If you're pressed for time, here's the short version: We are no longer selling licenses for Mailplane Mailplane will continue to function for existing customers and we'll try our best to keep it running If you have bought Mailplane in the last 60 days, reply to this email if you want a refund Mailplane manages Gmail, Calendar and Contacts accounts instead of cluttering up the browser window. It has been around for almost 15 years and was one of the first specialized browsers for Gmail. Why? Google has started blocking embedded browsers from its login page. See to read its announcement. Although there is a solution for apps that work with the Gmail API, unfortunately none are available for specialized browsers like Mailplane which are built on top of Gmail's web interface. In the last 6 months, we have tried everything to find an official solution with Google, but without success. We already have a workaround in place and are trying to keep Mailplane running as long as possible. After all, we are happy users of Mailplane as well. But we can't make any promises. It is uncertain how long it will last. It may last years or be over tomorrow. Only Google knows ... During the 15 years we've been working on Mailplane, we've developed many workarounds and hacks to make Gmail more fun on your Mac. But it's a red flag for us to work around something that Google sees as a security enhancement. That's why we came to the painful decision to face the truth and pull the plug. We've already started working on the next major version, but we don't feel we can bury our heads in the sand and happily continue selling licenses and developing new features. It would come back to bite us for sure. What's next? As of now, we are no longer selling licenses for Mailplane. We will continue trying to work around the blockade and keep Mailplane alive for existing customers as long as possible. Reply to this email if you have purchased Mailplane in the last 60 days and want a refund. We completely understand if you no longer want to use an app which has an uncertain future. Thank you! We know we have customers who love and rely on Mailplane as much as we do. It's extremely hard to say goodbye, especially after working on Mailplane for so long. We've been agonizing over this decision for months. It's hard to imagine using Gmail outside Mailplane and losing touch with our customers. Hopefully, we can keep it going for a while longer yet. All the best, Lars & Ruben PS: Give replies.io a try if you're interested in what else we're working on. It's our secret weapon for customer support. This tool has allowed us to personally handle all your questions. This means that when you contact us, you're always talking to the developers themselves. In return, we receive your invaluable feedback, unfiltered.
imabadkittyinlosangeles
imabadkittyinlosangeles
Dec 13 2020
4.3.0
1.0
Dec 13 2020
1.0
Version: 4.3.0
UPDATE ASAP for MI chips!! what is the point? Many of us have waited a LONG time for these machines & now want something NEW for e-mail too
r-e-wefersbettink
r-e-wefersbettink
Apr 7 2020
4.2.3
1.0
Apr 7 2020
1.0
Version: 4.2.3
I have used Mailplane for over 5 years. But the last year the app crashes and loses function, I have moved back to working in my browser.
Swo
Swo
Dec 4 2019
4.2
0.0
Dec 4 2019
0.0
Version: 4.2
$30 for what is essentially a Gmail client!? Could someone please help me to understand why this application is so expensive?
Dgerzeeboy
Dgerzeeboy
Apr 17 2019
4.1.3
5.0
Apr 17 2019
5.0
Version: 4.1.3
The gold standard for Gmail on your desktop. It's a bargain at $30 bucks.
Tomeg
Tomeg
Oct 16 2018
4.0.5
5.0
Oct 16 2018
5.0
Version: 4.0.5
Best Gmail-specific email app I have ever encountered (with the possible exception of Newton, which sports a great GUI but is overpriced and now I understand discontinued).
Noeleiffe
Noeleiffe
Sep 26 2018
4.0.5
5.0
Sep 26 2018
5.0
Version: 4.0.5
Use this app everyday and have nothing but praise. If you use Gmail, it's worth having a look.
larrymcj
larrymcj
Apr 19 2017
3.6.10
5.0
Apr 19 2017
5.0
Version: 3.6.10
The Gmail web interface is not for everyone, but for those who appreciate it, I recommend giving Mailplane a try. I've been using it for many years and have come to rely heavily on the many feature benefits Mailplane offers over the actual Gmail web interface. Even though Mailplane is basically the Safari webkit integrated into the app itself, it adds things like menu bar notification of new email, add-ons, integration into the OS, ad removal in the Gmail right column, and more than anything, SUPERB customer support. Of all the apps I've ever requested support on in my life, this developer and his team are one of the best I've ever experienced. Simply an excellent product backed by solid development and support.
Mykl.biz
Mykl.biz
Aug 23 2016
3.6.5
4.5
Aug 23 2016
4.5
Version: 3.6.5
Mailplane has been my default email app for 7 years, always running in the background or foreground on my Macs. I appreciate how it integrates with the Mac experience and Contacts, and depend on it for instant access to multiple Gmail accounts.
ylluminate
ylluminate
Jun 19 2015
3.5.2
4.5
Jun 19 2015
4.5
Version: 3.5.2
Really appreciate the rapid response from the developers and resolution of problems. This last issue on multiple account stability was a real headache for me and they quickly implemented the change to allow a feature that I've always wanted, which was to handle the logins separate from Google's (faulty) mechanism. I look forward to some upcoming changes that seem to be in the works as well!
Curmudgeon51
Curmudgeon51
Jan 30 2015
3.3.4
5.0
Jan 30 2015
5.0
Version: 3.3.4
I had an issue with updating to 10.10.2 and the customer support to fix it was exceptional: it was timely, reliable and most important the problem was fixed. Outstanding product and service. I've been using MP for years and will continue to do so.
Graphic-Mac
Graphic-Mac
May 26 2014
3.2.2
3.5
May 26 2014
3.5
Version: 3.2.2
One thing so many people miss about this app vs. other 3rd party apps. The Google Chat feature works in the app! You get notifications when someone sends you a message, etc. just as if you were in your web browser. I've not found any other apps that do this
larrymcj
larrymcj
Jan 21 2014
3.1.2
5.0
Jan 21 2014
5.0
Version: 3.1.2
I really want to like this app...but I see very little difference between it and other similar apps that simply open their own inherent browser windows to a Gmail account. It's the same as apps like MailTab Pro, with the exception of having a tab for the Google Calendar. Am I missing something? I'm a Gmail addict and after losing the Gmail Notifier a few days ago, I'm trying to find something else.
Imaginere
Imaginere
Nov 28 2013
3.1.0
5.0
Nov 28 2013
5.0
Version: 3.1.0
I've been using this app from Version 1 beta, it was free for the longest time before I was ever charged, there have been so many update for free and now ver 3 is a master piece of ease of use. The rapottative and other selective plugins are so well thought through before being added in. Get it ! love it! Share it!
KylaR3827
KylaR3827
Nov 11 2013
3.0.3
5.0
Nov 11 2013
5.0
Version: 3.0.3
I've used Mailplane since 2011 and when I got the notice about the updated version, I couldn't wait to upgrade! The app is excellent, does everything that it says it will, and their support team never fails to reply quickly and with helpful solutions. I've never had an app on any device that I'm more happy with - and that's because this is the unique combination of a great service with customer service that cares. In a small company that's tough to deliver, and Mailplane does on all fronts.
Mykl.biz
Mykl.biz
Nov 5 2013
3.0.3
4.5
Nov 5 2013
4.5
Version: 3.0.3
I've relied on Mailplane 2 as my primary interface to multiple Gmail accounts for the past 4 years, on my workhorse MacBook Pro (which is still running OS X 10.6). In recent times, it does crash more than it used to. I use Mailplane 3 only sporadically on another MacBook Pro (running OS X 10.8). So my ratings are really about Mailplane 2. I'm pleased by Uncomplex's tech support via email.
Rampancy
Rampancy
Oct 27 2013
3.0.3
0.0
Oct 27 2013
0.0
Version: 3.0.3
Count me among the many 2.x users who have been left cold by the 3.x update. I've defended Mailplane and it's pricing in the past on places such as this, but now my own experience with 3.0 also seems to be that it doesn't offer much in the way of anything significantly new. Today, my existing 2.5.x install of Mailplane is locked out of Gmail due to an endless login loop, and I don't think I can expect a fix anytime soon. I sadly don't have much inclination to upgrade, especially with them discontinuing 2.x development.
ThomasB9131
ThomasB9131
Oct 11 2013
3.0.3
5.0
Oct 11 2013
5.0
Version: 3.0.3
I find Mailplane to be a great desktop app. It allows me to quickly see my unread mail and switch accounts easily, which is great for productivity. The updates have really tackled the initial issues and the app runs flawlessly for me now. Highly recommended.
ylluminate
ylluminate
Jun 13 2013
3.0
4.5
Jun 13 2013
4.5
Version: 3.0
Really disappointed with this release. In many regards, such as with the drawer, 2.x was superior. Not going to be going for this version.
Sofakinbd
Sofakinbd
Jun 10 2013
3.0
5.0
Jun 10 2013
5.0
Version: 3.0
I have been a long time user of MailPlane. With 3.0 the developers have done an outstanding job of accommodating all the changes Google has made to GMail. They have added the ability to remove the password from the app without storing it in Keychain. For those that use 1Password this is a tremendous benefit. They made jumping to the top and bottom of the compose window brain-dead easy (cmd-up arrow/cmd-down arrow). Finally, the developers are very responsive to ideas and feature requests. I have been very pleased with all aspects of MailPlane 3.0. The app is far more than simply Fluid-like standalone browser window with numerous small attention to details Safari can't match.
siamlotus
siamlotus
Jun 9 2013
3.0
5.0
Jun 9 2013
5.0
Version: 3.0
Version 3.0 crashes if I don't re-dimension a jpeg before adding it to a mail even if it is less than 10m. When I send a mail using my web browser the cursor jumps to the mail part of the mail before I get a chance to add the recipients name. Other than these two small annoyances a great piece of software for Gmail.
macpayne
macpayne
Jun 3 2013
3.0
3.5
Jun 3 2013
3.5
Version: 3.0
Great app for gmail user. My only complaint is it consumes too much memory. I use 6 gmail account and it eats 850 MB of my RAM :\
NorfolkGirl
NorfolkGirl
May 10 2013
3.0
2.0
May 10 2013
2.0
Version: 3.0
I have loved using Mailplane for the past year or so but it has become increasingly unstable on my computer running Lion. I keep getting 'kicked out' whilst composing emails - saying the internet link has gone or something similar. I have recently been using a Chrome window for my emails and have had not a single problem with composing or sending emails. What a pity as it is easier to see how many emails you have and a snippet etc. with Mailplane. I am not going to spend £13 on an upgrade when it does not work.
rramito
rramito
Apr 17 2013
3.0
4.5
Apr 17 2013
4.5
Version: 3.0
For a long-time user, I also don't find a need to upgrade, that is not reason to pay anything more than a very modest fee. Too bad; I bet a lot of 2x users will pass - not a good way to grow the user base. I HIGHLY recommend the app to any NEW user, however! 4 **** overall and 4 **** features! {for some reason I can't change the rollover stars}
Desker
Desker
Apr 17 2013
3.0
0.0
Apr 17 2013
0.0
Version: 3.0
I've used Mailplane for a long time now, although I recently switched because I found a newer program, still in beta, that fit my needs better overall. I'd hoped this new Mailplane version would be so innovative that it would make me want to switch back and that there would be changes that would make it irresistible, even if, as a current user, I was only being offered 20 per cent off the list price. So I eagerly downloaded it. I'm not one of those people who think that developers don't deserve a fair return when they create an upgrade. Sometimes I think I upgrade too much. However, after putting 3.0 through it's paces today, I can't see any reason to send any further money in the developer's direction. There's nothing about 3.0 that would make me upgrade even if I hadn't already switched. I would just have stayed with the old version. I recognize that others will likely have a different opinion, and may even be able to explain what is to them the irresistible element of 3.0, but at the moment I'm disappointed.
Higherterrain
Higherterrain
Apr 17 2013
3.0
5.0
Apr 17 2013
5.0
Version: 3.0
Not worth the $24.00 upgrade. I’ll stick with Version 2.5.11.
Andy-Hewitt
Andy-Hewitt
Feb 22 2013
2.5.11
0.0
Feb 22 2013
0.0
Version: 2.5.11
I'm not too sure what the benefits of this are over a normal mail client. OK if you're using just Gmail I guess, but multiple accounts in Mailplane aren't as neat as using Unified mailboxes in something like Mail or Thunderbird using IMAP, which can show all your Inbox (and others) messages across all accounts at once. The Gmail web interface also allows for easy multiple account switching too now. I use MobileMe mail too, so this has only had a short trial by myself, although I am switching myself over to mainly Gmail.
Jodieth
Jodieth
Jan 24 2013
2.5.10
1.0
Jan 24 2013
1.0
Version: 2.5.10
Mailplane does not work on my computer. I have iMac mountain lion.
Neuro7
Neuro7
Sep 14 2012
2.5.8
5.0
Sep 14 2012
5.0
Version: 2.5.8
Using version 2.5.8 of Mailplane on Snow Leopard, the unread mail count on the Mailplane dock icon is showing up super small; in fact, it's so tiny that I almost couldn't see it and though it wasn't showing up at all. As a temporary workaround, I've set the unread mail status to appear in the menu bar, but I would prefer the count to appear as large as it used to on the dock icon.
J-Mueller-MacUpdate
J-Mueller-MacUpdate
Sep 11 2012
2.5.6
0.0
Sep 11 2012
0.0
Version: 2.5.6
It doesn't appear to work on OS X 10.8.
Dejmac
Dejmac
Nov 14 2011
2.5.3
5.0
Nov 14 2011
5.0
Version: 2.5.3
Fantastic! Fantastic! Fantastic!
TheMooseIsLoose
TheMooseIsLoose
Nov 4 2011
2.5.3
5.0
Nov 4 2011
5.0
Version: 2.5.3
If you're a user of Gmail, and particularly if you have multiple accounts, Mailplane will be a welcome addition. It's easy to use. If you access Gmail through a browser then you already know how to use Mailplane. Set up is a snap. Switching between Gmail accounts is as easy as clicking your mouse. Though Mailplane may be considered a "one trick pony", it has indeed mastered that trick.
Ramito
Ramito
Feb 11 2011
2.3
4.0
Feb 11 2011
4.0
Version: 2.3
Discounted for educators, so I could not pass it up. Great support. Love the snapshot feature - that & account switching made it for me. And this - I like to keep my email opne & use my browser for other things - this makes it easy. Glad to see upgrades - this app deserves a good future
Buligwyf
Buligwyf
Feb 7 2011
2.3
5.0
Feb 7 2011
5.0
Version: 2.3
Very good just became excellent. Having multiple accounts, I have found nothing that beats this. If you like Gmail, this is Gmail deLuxe.
siamlotus
siamlotus
Feb 6 2011
2.3
5.0
Feb 6 2011
5.0
Version: 2.3
The best Gmail app. just got better. Thank you for the "Hide Ads" preference.
Mischivo
Mischivo
Jan 15 2011
2.2.1
0.0
Jan 15 2011
0.0
Version: 2.2.1
Something is wrong here. Here's the situation: I click on an email from my inbox and open the message. After reading it, I either want to reply, forward, or delete it. However, neither of the toolbar buttons for these actions works. They're clickable but the click results in absolutely no action. Funny enough, the "New" button works well and according to the parameters I've outlined in the preferences. Help?
iminlalaland
iminlalaland
Jan 13 2011
2.2.1
4.0
Jan 13 2011
4.0
Version: 2.2.1
It's pretty much the same as using Gmail in a browser. The only feature that made it stands out is the ability to switch accounts easily, but unfortunately, not quicker. If Mailplane can make switching accounts faster, that would be great. It takes a little time for it to detect new email. Sometimes, the notification pops up with a new mail but I have to click on Inbox(refresh) to view it.
Andrewm8
Andrewm8
Sep 12 2010
2.1.11
5.0
Sep 12 2010
5.0
Version: 2.1.11
I use Mailplane since it's inception and there is simply no competition to this app anywhere. Stable and easy to use. The author, Ruben, responding promptly to any emails thrown at him. Nothing to complain about. My main reason to starting and keep using Mailplane for years was the full support for multiple Gmail accounts. I think this was also the main reason for a lot of users. But with Gmail already offering multiple login (up to 3 accounts though) from within the same browser window the question is - what would be now the reason to use Mailplane if one has no more than 3 Gmail accounts? I don't try to make Mailplane look less stellar than it is and this is why I gave it 5 starts in all categories and I will continue to use it with my 6 accounts - but I want to stir up some discussion and read other's reasons to keep using Mailplane.
No-One
No-One
Aug 16 2010
2.1.10
5.0
Aug 16 2010
5.0
Version: 2.1.10
Mailplane is my favorite email app I have on my mac. Super easy to use, and brings the interface of gmail to my desktop. The one thing I have a question about this app is about links. Is there A way drag and drop links (from an email browser) into the mailplane icon and have it start a new email with the link embedded? The native mail app for the mac has this feature, and I was wondering if you can do a similar thing with this app? All around fantastic app, keep up the great work.
Killer-Klown-Kar
Killer-Klown-Kar
Jun 25 2010
2.1.9
5.0
Jun 25 2010
5.0
Version: 2.1.9
Used this since Beta and have had very few issues with it. One thing people have to understand is gMail is still "beta" in Googles definition. Which means Google can change things around and mess with it at their will. So any third party app that is trying to access all the features, and on a constantly changing basis will in fact find themselves at times behind the eight ball. Mailplane is quick to isolate what Google is up to and fix it. Point of that is to illustrate that the author is on it, and works hard to make sure is product is always up to date. Lazy he is not.
Jade-Clark
Jade-Clark
Feb 17 2010
2.1.4
0.0
Feb 17 2010
0.0
Version: 2.1.4
I was using this software for the past couple of years. It has served me well at the beginning, but lately it has many problems that remain thoughout the upgrades. Some google accounts fail to load. When I open them in the browser they work well. Attachments are very easy to add - by drag and drop. If the reliability issues will be fixed - it will be a great app to recommend.
Just-A-User
Just-A-User
Feb 3 2010
2.1.4
5.0
Feb 3 2010
5.0
Version: 2.1.4
simple but great.
Espiridion
Espiridion
Jan 31 2010
2.1.4
5.0
Jan 31 2010
5.0
Version: 2.1.4
It took me less than 5 minutes of using Mailplane to make my purchase over a month ago. I still use Entourage to handle 2 of my GMail accounts since I want that information stored locally in my hard drive. Others may use different email programs such as Apple's Mail. My previous choices for an email program have been Mailsmith and PowerMail, but I've used Entourage for many years now. Apple's Mail has finally gotten better, so that may be the current choice of many Mac users. It should be obvious that if all a person needs is to receive GMail's email, Mailplane may not be worth it. For people with a single GMail account, Mailplane may not be worth it. On the other hand, here are some of the advantages I've found for my use: -Speed. When checking mail and switching among multiple addresses, and while working with email on a daily basis. Also, I like to report the spam I receive. Using a filter does NOTHING to fight spam. It merely helps my Inbox stay clean. Using Mailplane I can quickly check 4 accounts, and report the spam I receive. As I mentioned I use Entourage, and I set it up so that it NEVER receives any of my GMail spam. -Labels. I have a variety of Folders set up in Entourage for my GMail accounts. This works fine, but Mailplane's approach is also efficient and faster. My rules don't always work automatically in Entourage, but so far they always work in Mailplane. -Search. Mailplane's searches are superior to those of Entourage -although Entourage is great in this regard and very flexible-, and I guess this also applies to Apple's Mail. I can find anything on Entourage, but with Mailplane for example I can view a whole thread in a single window. In Entourage I would have to select and view each email individually. Speed and a more efficient workflow again play a role. -Screenshots, attachments, integration with other applications, chat, etc. I don't use these features that much, but for some users these are important. Mailplane is not something that everyone will want or need. For some it will be expensive. I actually bought it when it had a nice discount. Still, for many users it is definitely worth the $25 or $40 for up to five family members living in the same household. After using it for over a month I would hate to be without it.
Veggiedude
Veggiedude
Jan 30 2010
2.1.4
0.0
Jan 30 2010
0.0
Version: 2.1.4
I downloaded it and tried it out, but after 10 minutes I knew its not for me. Basically, it is a cross between Safari and Apple Mail. I do not need a hybrid. Apple Mail does everything I need it to do, I don't see the point of this app.
siamlotus
siamlotus
Nov 19 2009
2.1
5.0
Nov 19 2009
5.0
Version: 2.1
Brilliant app. Thanks for the "insert images into text" update.
larrymcj
larrymcj
Oct 2 2009
2.0.14
5.0
Oct 2 2009
5.0
Version: 2.0.14
I rarely take time to post comments here, though I read a lot of what others have to say and those comments generally have a large influence on my software purchasing decision. But with Mailplane I really feel compelled to say a few things since I think Mailplane is not getting a fair evaluation here, and it's primarily because of its price. I just now looked at Mailplane again for the first time since its early beta days and I'm way impressed! I have been in the computing business, specifically the software business, for over 15 years and I'm also a huge Google Apps fan and couldn't live without Gmail. That said, Mailplane does many things, but first and foremost it cleans up the Gmail interface of Google ads...that alone is worth the price of the software! Next, it just runs faster and also cleans up the user interface with standardized toolbar buttons we're all familiar with and if you have to work with file attachments, being able to drag-drop them into a message is also by itself worth price of Mailplaine. Add to these things all the other nearly 40 improvements it makes on Gmail and you end up with a real live email client on your desktop that looks good, works good, and allows you some customization that Gmail does not. My hat is off to the folks at Mailplane for improving this so much since I first looked at it when it was in beta...you've done a marvelous job. Any developer who has done this much with their product can be expected to do even more, so I'd expect to see Mailplaine evolve into an even better application in the future.
Twisted
Twisted
Aug 30 2009
2.0.12
4.0
Aug 30 2009
4.0
Version: 2.0.12
Mailplane improved a lot my experience with gmail, but it still needs some new feature or other ideas for doing gmail better on desktop. 25$ are a bit too much anyway.
Jazzyguy
Jazzyguy
Jul 2 2009
2.0.11
0.0
Jul 2 2009
0.0
Version: 2.0.11
I tried it and found it to be a totally unnecessary expenditure of $24.95. In addition the uninstall feature failed to remove the app or the folder in ~/library/application support.Why bother when Gmail really is quite a sufficient unit on its own?
Grizzler
Grizzler
May 19 2009
2.1b
0.0
May 19 2009
0.0
Version: 2.1b
I hesitated to buy Mailplane. It seemed that the web browser and Mail could do the job managing gmail. But I took the plunge, plopped down $25, and I think it was a good decision. Mailplane definitely improves efficiency for me, with my two gmail accounts. Switching between one account and the other is easier than using Firefox or Safari. Mailplane handles attachments and photos better. Bottom line: It's a good interface for the gmail app, money well spent.
O5220803
O5220803
May 11 2009
2.1b
5.0
May 11 2009
5.0
Version: 2.1b
The developer has been responsive and now MailPlane is working as advertised. It turns out that this very well designed and complete. MailPlane makes all the features of GMail readily accessible and easy to use. A really handy application for the heavy GMail user who wants to use this excellent Google service in an true mail-client setting on the desktop. Kudos to MailPlane's authoring team for a developing this a really useful GMail client! An excellent value for the serious GMail user.