Why I Use Mimestream for Gmail

Originally published at: Why I Use Mimestream for Gmail - TidBITS

The Gmail-specific email app Mimestream has emerged from a multi-year public beta with a 1.0 version that’s familiar, fast, and fluid. Adam Engst explains why he has chosen Mimestream as his preferred email client.

heh! i didn’t complain cuz i didn’t realise such a thing should be possible. d’uh! took that defaults write out of your article and immediately applied it. thanks for that.

Hi, Adam. Do you know if Mimestream would now completely stop working if one chose not to subscribe?

I presume that yes, after the 14-day free trial, it would stop working. However, since it has essentially no local data, you’d be able to pick up just where you left off in the Gmail Web interface.

Surprisingly, Mailplane continues to work, and I am loathe to abandon it as long as it works. I assume Minestream would let me continue to collect my pop3 accounts into my Gmail account, right?

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Yeah, love me some Mailplane. I have tried Mimestream and I like it, particularly with this detailed and helpful tutorial, @ace but I do wonder what the difference is between Mailplane and Mimestream as far as working with Google, meaning why did API changes “do in” the former and not the latter?

Maybe Mailplane needs to go subscription in order to afford to “keep up”?

As best I can tell – and please correct me if I’m wrong – Mimestream will not implement Gmail’s customizable “Priority Inbox” with “Inbox Sections”. That function provides up to four parts whose contents can be designated by star, important, labels, or “everything else”. I find that simply invaluable.

Mimestream does use Gmail’s predefined (and as best I can tell, unchangeable) categories – but I find those have inadequate specificity to be useful.

I appreciate the benefits of a mail application vs. browser. But Web Catalog offers preprogrammed individual apps that provide the full function of the web app. The first 5 apps are free – after that there is a one-time charge of $50. I have paid that. I understand the need for subscription fees and have paid Microsoft $100 per year for a decade or more for the Office suite of five+ apps of which I use three almost daily. But $50 per year for a single app whose function can be replicated in multiple ways seems high to me.



P.S. The app I really want to drop my subscription for is Adobe Acrobat Pro, now at $254 per year. I’ll be starting another thread to see if folks have robust, less expensive alternatives.