Debates and arguments have always been brewing with regards to desktop versus web apps. While one camp will argue about convenience and having your data available everywhere, the other will side with speed, privacy and reliability that desktop apps can provide.
While I seriously doubt the holy war will end anytime soon, here’s an app that will provide some middleground. It’s called Google Notifier for OS X.
What it does is bring the GMail and Google Calendar web apps ‘closer’ to the desktop. After installation, you will get toolbar icons, which will update and notify you when you have new email or calendar appointments. Great for productivity, as you do not have to constantly check your inbox or calendar, although I’m not sure how effective it is for the unlucky ones among us with the overflowing inboxes.
Google Notifier puts most of the common tasks at your fingertips. Want to compose a new email? No problem. Want to create an event? Easy. Want to access your inbox? Piece of cake. These options are available with just one click on the respective toolbar icons. It will also show you your new emails and calendar events too.
If you don’t like the default options, you can change them to your heart’s content. Individually disable either Mail or Calendar notifications to reduce the load on your system, or change the way Google Notifier alerts you, visually or through sound.
Google Notifier only supports one account, given the way the program is laid out. If you have multiple Google accounts, perhaps now’s the time to consolidate them all into one? Regardless, Google Notifier for OS X is still a very convenient way to use your web applications.