Last May, Readdle launched Spark for iOS, their take as the best third party email client. The free app offered some innovative features and was fantastic to use right off the bat. Earlier this year, Spark landed on iPad, and finally today, Spark has finally made it to the Mac, completely free, just like its other versions.
Spark has a ‘smart inbox’ which learns which emails to send to your inbox, while it also offers natural language search in a simple and elegant design. One of my favourite features is the ability to send customizable quick replies with one tap such as ‘thanks’ or ‘like’ or ‘smile’, and how quickly Spark can archive batches of emails when you have multiple inboxes to manage.
I’ve been using Spark for Mac beta for a week or so now, and the app itself has been great on my 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. Speaking of the latter, Spark supports Touch Bar! There are touch shortcuts for: new message; reply; pin; mark read/unread; snooze; archive; folders; print; and trash.
Spark also supports many features from its iOS counterparts, so it doesn’t take much to learn how to use it. Swipe gestures are available to quickly sift through your inbox, while the three-pane view of the app makes going through email a breeze.
I have a complex Gmail setup where various accounts are forwarded to one inbox with alias support—and Spark supports this really well. It’s been a challenge to find a third party email client that can handle Gmail’s ‘All Mail’ (known as ‘Archive’ in Spark) quickly, but Spark does it really well.
The Mac version will also sync your settings and snoozes across all your iOS devices via iCloud, which makes it very convenient to set setup and go. You also can choose keyboard shortcuts from Mail, Gmail or even make your own. You can customize signatures, your Smart Inbox, Folders, Snoozes, Quick Replies and how badges are displayed. There’s a reason why Apple chose Spark as one of the best apps in 2015.
What makes Spark a worthy email client, aside from its plethora of features and Gmail-friendly atmosphere, is Readdle always releasing updates for their apps. The beta updates seemed to appear daily and it’s great to see the company pouring so much care and work into an app—that’s completely free.
Spark supports Gmail, Exchange, Yahoo, iCloud, Outlook or any other IMAP email server. If you loved Spark for iOS, you’re going to be very familiar with the Mac versions and all the customizable features that come with it.
Check out the promo video below:
Update: Readdle says their launch is delayed, but should be out later today. Stay tuned.
Update 2: Spark for Mac is now live in the Mac App Store–go get it.
Click here to download Spark in the Mac App Store (if the link doesn’t work, the app may still be propagating)—it’s free (and comes in at a 24MB download). Let us know what you think of it.