I recently ran into a big problem with Mail.app, my favorite email client for the Mac. I was writing a pretty long email (about two pages long) to the Teens in Tech Board. I was talking with our PR Advisor, Jeremy Pepper, and asked him to look over the message. I hit save as draft thinking the email would save, and closed the window. Little did I know that Mail.app did not save the message, and my whole letter was lost. I spent almost one hour working on this email, and was pretty frustrated when I found out it was gone for good.
I tweeted out my “anger,” and Justin Ruckman, an amazing designer, replied, saying that GMail beats Mail.app with out a doubt. We use Google Apps at Teens in Tech, so were getting what’s basically GMail + GCal + GDocs but with account names under the TeensinTech.com domain. I’m very happy with Google Apps, and recommend it for everyone with their own domain name and a email account. Later that night, I IM’ed Justin to talk about why he uses GMail rather then a desktop application like Mail.app. His reasoning: no matter what situation (editor’s note: save for a broken internet connection), the GMail web site will automatically save your draft message every few seconds. Then I remembered an application that brought the beautiful GMail interface into an application called Mailplane.
I used Mailplane once before, and was impressed. I felt it was a little too bulky for GMail’s simplicity, but that’s just my opinion. I’m still using Mail.app, but I’m looking at other options. Wether I’m using the GMail web site on its own or in Mailplane, hopefully this will never happen again.
(Side note: I wrote this post on CalTrain next to a Google employee on the GMail team. He said that “this will never happen with GMail.”)