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Zoom in / Mimestream’s got a lot of straightforward Gmail integrations, but its profiles chapter is very useful.


When I researched the best Mac email clients for Gmail/Google Apps users in September, I was surprised to find an app designed specifically for this purpose. You didn’t need to customize it, change its settings, or install a bunch of extras to make it work and feel just right; mimestream Both were deeply related to Gmail and the Mac app.

Mimestream has spent more than three years in free trial, releasing more than 220 updates to 167,000 users and adding more than 100 features. Now that version 1.0 has been released—and the company has grown from a solo developer to a five-person team—there’s no way around that Product price.

Mimestream is $30 a year if you buy during this launch period, then $50 a year after that (if you’re a beta user, check your inbox for an even bigger discount code). There is still a 14-day trial period, and no credit card required. Individual users can install it on up to five devices, and there is family sharing via iCloud accounts.

If you prefer Focus Filters, Mimestream can associate new profiles with any category.
Zoom in / If you prefer Focus Filters, Mimestream can associate new profiles with any category.


My favorite new feature on Mimestream is the profile separation. If you use Google/Gmail accounts for both work and personal email, you can segment them across work, home, or other profile containers that you define, each with their own colors and icons. I only used Mimestream for my work accounts before, but now I can keep my personal email accessible but not intrusive.

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I can also prevent work email from generating notifications after hours. The new profiles work with Focus Filters on the Mac so that only certain accounts within a profile can send notifications when you’re in Focus mode. Even if you’re not in-depth with Mac management, you can set basic on/off schedules for in-app notifications for each profile.

Gmail’s server-side powers of the app have increased with this release as well. You can create email filters and vacation respondents that sync with your web-based accounts. Google Contacts colors are also synced, and it’s easy to rate and star a message while inside the message window.

Mimestream uses the Gmail API, rather than the standard IMAP connection, to integrate more deeply with your setup on Google’s web app. As before, the company doesn’t have any of your data on its servers, and the access tokens and cache are stored on a local Mac keychain.

Mimestream has a great new unintended feature. Web version of Gmail now posts ads around your inbox, Not just on top. Minestream no. I’ve recently started seeing these things, and even though they’re called it, it’s still annoying to see and push past. Looking at how far Mimestream has come and what else the development team might be up to keep busyI have very few reasons to see ads these days.

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