By Eli Dourado
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Gmail Dock is not your ordinary Gmail client. It is designed with the realization that the best way to do most tasks in Gmail is to use the web.
The web-based Gmail client gets new features before most desktop clients, and it provides a great user experience. Still, it would be nice if Gmail integrated more deeply with Mac OS X. That’s what Gmail Dock is about.
- Easy, one-click access to your Gmail account
- New mail notifications with Growl and sound options
- Handling of mailto: links from any browser or application, systemwide
- Global, customizable hotkeys
- Support for Apps for your domain
- A touch of polish
What's New in Version 1.1
- Fixed spurious notifications of old emails for people with more than 20 unread inbox emails
- Universal binary (works on 32-bit systems)
- Optional menu bar icon
Does just what it says!
This app does exactly what it says it does. It gives you notification of new email with a sound and badge count. Click on the dock icon and gmail opens in your default browser, works slick. Handles your mail links so can just click on an email address from anywhere and a new gmail browser compose window will pop up.
One improvement I could suggest for the app developer would be: If gmail is already open, make that browser window active and bring to the forefront instead of opening a new browser window. I am not a developer so I don't even know if this is possible. This is the only reason I did not give it all 5 stars.
People complaining about the app being useless obviously didn't read or understand the description of this app, it is much more then just a shortcut to gmail.
An underrated gem.
Sure, you can launch Gmail in your browser with a desktop bookmark -- what you *can't* do, and what this little app lets you do is:
MAKE GMAIL YOUR DEFAULT MAIL PROGRAM -- so that all those mailto links everywhere finally get sent to Gmail and launch its message composer instead of trying to launch Mac Mail (which I don't use) and then requiring you to manually launch Gmail and input the address. For this feature alone, I think the app's well worth the $2.
You can also get Growl notifications when you get emails (which I don't really care about, but others might), and get a menu-bar icon with the number of new messages listed next to it (which I find very useful, as I keep my Dock hidden when I'm working, but can see the menu bar).
If you're looking for a desktop Gmail client, this isn't it. If, on the other hand, you want to keep your Gmail on the web, where it belongs, but still get your Mac to interact with it like it's a desktop program, this is a great little app with a perfectly reasonable price.
To those who are complaining that this is 'just a button' or an 'icon' that you could have done for free let me say that you have not been paying attention. Gmail Dock is more than 'just a button'; it allows your Mac to use Gmail as the default email client system wide, so now when I click on an email address on the web it uses Gmail to send that email. An icon or a button doesn't do that. It also shows me how many unread emails I have, something that 'just a button' couldn't do.
Gmail Dock is exactly what I was looking for. Now I can put the native mac application to rest! :)