Mailplane Stops Selling Licenses

There’s a local place up in the DC area called Heller Information Services. Paul used to run a dial up board back in the day named The Twilight Clone…then when email started to be a thing he added email. Wife and got email accounts with him…our first…and it’s the most widely distributed. Bought my own Laubenthal.net domain later and had them host the MX record and it is setup so I can connect to either the his.com or laubenthal.net address…would have considered fastmail.com but it was either non existent or still a startup at the time. Added the fastmail accounts later as a just in case option as well as iClouds and a couple of gmail addresses for special purposes later on but set everything to redirect to my domain.

Today there are lots of great email options…but back then good ones were few and far between…and we won’t ever give up the his.com accounts even if we moved the MX hosting elsewhere for long lost friends who have the Christmas letter from 30 years ago purposes. The account at his is about $100 a year but since it is mine I host addresses for son and DIL for free and can create aliases for various purposes.

I’ve been using Mimestream heavily for quite some time now, and I like it more than Gmail’s Web interface (which was what Mailplane provided) and vastly more than Apple’s Mail. Obviously, you do have to be willing to pay for an app eventually, but I’m not particularly worried about either of your other concerns:

  • API vs. IMAP: Sure, Google could change the API to kill Mimestream and lots of other tools that rely on the API. It’s not some hacky thing—it’s a fully published API. Google could also decide to drop IMAP. Neither is particularly likely. The utility of the API over IMAP is that Mimestream is far faster and tighter than IMAP clients that have to check for mail repeatedly. With Mimestream (and Gmail on the Web) mail is either present or it’s not, there’s no checking involved.

  • Features that don’t work: I’m sure there are some, but as someone who lives and dies by email, I haven’t run into anything that’s problematic. Every now and then something (like the Report Phishing command) requires opening a message in Gmail itself or using the Gmail interface (like messing with filters, which I seldom have to do). What impossible features are deal-breakers for you?

I’ve really enjoyed working with Mimestream’s developer, Neil Jhaveri too. He has fixed a number of bugs and tweaked Mimestream in response to my comments—I haven’t had this much fun since the days of talking with Steve Dorner about Eudora.

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Seconded on Neil’s awesomeness. He’s great.

Folks at Mailplane still support it, as time permits. I’m up to version 4.3.9 that just arrived.

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Thanks for that piece of news. I loved Mailplane, so hastened to get 4.3.9.
Alas! It needs Rosetta to run on my new Mac.

@tonybull I have just updated Mailplane and run it on 2 M1 Macs; works fine. Do you mean “new” to you Intel Mac? Or actual new Apple silicon?

Mac mini M2pro. I have not installed Rosetta, and am reluctant to do so. I have become accustomed to using Safari to access my gmail, although handling multiple accounts was much easier on Mailplane. I don’t need Rosetta for anything else, so I will probably forget about it and it will just become a part of the crud carried over to new OS installations and subsequent machines.

Ok, but what makes you not want to install Rosetta? I REALLY love Mailplane and I’m also not aware of any downside of installing Rosetta. After some casual research this lack of concern seems to be borne out: Rosetta 2 simply lets applications originally built for Intel work on Apple Silicon. If you use an app that doesn’t need it, coded for Apple Silicon, Mac won’t use it, from everything I can see.

I have M1 Macs and Mailplane is super snappy. So maybe just do it? Mailplane makes Gmail SO MUCH better. ;-)

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