The native app for Mac is different from other options for a big reason. Instead of using IMAP, the app taps into the Gmail API to provide deeper support for the Gmail features you’re familiar with.
One of the best features is the ability to organize multiple accounts. Instead of a single inbox, you can use different profiles for separate Gmail accounts. Stock options are personal and work, but can be customized. You can assign custom icons, colors, and even notifications for a specific schedule.
Another great option is the ability to manage Gmail filters right in the app. Filters sync with Gmail and work on the server even when your Mac is offline.
When it’s time to go to the beach or wherever, Gmail’s vacation filter can also be launched from within the app.
It’s also easy to flag or star a message in the app to better organize your email.
There is also an additional menu bar to quickly check if you missed a message. Just click on the message to open Mimestream.
You can now download Mimestream directly from the official site. You can try the app for free, and you don’t need a credit card for the 14-day trial period.
After that you will need a subscription. That’s $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year. To celebrate the launch and until June 9th, you can sign up for an annual subscription for $29.99.
I’m a heavy Gmail user with multiple accounts, and I’ve been very impressed with my short time with the app. It’s fast, easy to use, and provides an experience as good as the Gmail website itself. With the ability to sync work and personal accounts, Gmail is less of a chore.