Native app, Environment Sharing, Faster Performance

On December 18th, we released our first version of a Postman Mac app in beta. Since then, we’ve received and incorporated valuable feedback from 19,000+ users who tried us early. The one thing we heard loud and clear was people were ecstatic to have an alternative to Chrome. Today, after changes to incorporate the feedback, we are coming out of beta with Postman for Mac 4.0. Welcome to a native, slicker and more performant experience.

In the spirit of all things Apple, we wanted the user experience to be amazing. So a big focus coming out of beta has been to improve the design and functionality. A native app enables that. The app contains all the state of the art features you love, such as the testing suite, request chaining, and team collaboration, and then some. We have spent considerable time making your experience using these features better.

One of the ways we’ve achieved this is by overhauling the app’s view layer using React. The result is a snappier and smoother experience. And that’s not all. We have improved the user experience around every button and every flow that you use. This is just the beginning though. We are working on several improvements that you’ll see in the coming weeks with this new design.

Along with design improvements, the app comes with new functionality for our Cloud users as well. One of the consistent pieces of feedback we received is that people want to share environments. Environments give you the ability to customize requests using variables. You can use them to easily switch between different setups without changing your requests.

As you can imagine, a combination of sharable collections and environments will speed up a team working on APIs considerably. However, we had to maintain a balance between shareability and privacy. We have implemented this using environment templates. Environments can contain sensitive data and you wouldn’t want to share them with the rest of your team. However, using environment templates you can hide sensitive values while retaining the keys for environment variables. So Cloud team leads can heave a sigh of relief.

The new Mac app packages useful functionality and a slick new design in a high performant native experience. For more details on what to expect in the Mac app as opposed to Chrome, check out our blog post from the beta release. To check out all these improvements we’ve been talking about, download the Mac app.