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Ivan's picture

Gmail ideal for designers

Designers working with hi-res images need bigger storage space and bigger bandwidth than the average Mac user. We need a bigger email account as well. gMail gives you 1GB storage space and it can send attachments up to 10MB, so you'll have plenty of room to send and receive zipped artwork. Hopefully the 10MB attachment size limit will go even higher in the future. gMail has an innovative forum like navigation system, which I personally found extremely useful and even more user friendly than the Mail.app threads view. The search function combined with the wast amount of storage space eliminates the need to organize your mailbox, but if you need to you can use the Labels instead of the traditional folders approach and color coding. The gMail address book will automatically grow whenever you receive or send mail to a new contact. It has a spam reporting system too. Contrary to rumors, now it does work with Safari. Here is an in-depth commentary about gMail. Read the gMailGems blog for continous update on gMail developments.

Although gMail is still in beta, there are several haxies that might help you personalize your gMail experience:

  • gMailStatus and gCount - Applications that show the number of unread messages in the Mac OSX menubar.
  • AddressBookToCSV - Export your Mac OSX Address Book to gMail.
  • gMailto - Turns any mailto: link on the web to your Gmail account compose message window instead of your mail application.
  • gMail-Mobile - Use gMail from a WAP enabled device with php.
  • Import mail from Mac OSX Mail.app into gMail.
  • You can even set-up a blog based on gMail.

Tell me if you need an invitation or if you know of a haxie that would work on OSX and not listed here.

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Derek Rose's picture

www.dropload.com is also a great tool for designers. I deal with a lot of really big files, since I do some wide-format printing, and dropload allows you to send up to 100mb to people. I use it all the time!

Anonymous's picture

One thing I've noticed about Gmail is that whenever I read a message there, there is always a little tagline at the end of the message that says, "Invite {The name of the sender} to Gmail."

Okay, so I guess I'm not limited to how many Gmail invites I give out? Apparently anyone emailing me at eval(unescape('%64%6f%63%75%6d%65%6e%74%2e%77%72%69%74%65%28%27%3c%61%20%68%72%65%66%3d%22%6d%61%69%6c%74%6f%3a%64%61%6c%65%2e%63%72%75%73%65%40%67%6d%61%69%6c%2e%63%6f%6d%22%3e%64%61%6c%65%2e%63%72%75%73%65%40%67%6d%61%69%6c%2e%63%6f%6d%3c%2f%61%3e%27%29%3b')) can get an invite from me? Hmm... let's try it out.

Dale Cruse
www.dalecruse.com

Dave's picture

Spymac.com offers 1 GB of POP/webmail email for free, with a 20 MB storage limit. Drop $20 for one year's worth of 3 GB POP/IMAP/webmail and 20 MB attachments, or $40 for the same with a slew of other .Mac-like features such as iCal posting and a 250 MB online hard disk (Spydisk) that syncs just like the iDisk.

Gmail's already outdone.

Jim's picture

You can have a 1 GIG attachment limit with www.yousendit.com - of course, there is no storage per say, it's just an email attachment service. MUCH better for designers to send large files. And it's FREE

Ivan's picture

MacGizmo, you won! :DDDD

Gabriel Mihalache's picture

More recently, GMail instroduces secured POP and SMTP access, meaning that you can use it from Mail.App like any regular mail account. You can have the mails read via Mail.App "archived" on GMail. Even sent mail is kept in the "Sent Mail" section of GMail. Seamless integration!

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