After more than a year of hard work, Spark for Mac is finally available on the Mac App Store. Like its iOS counterpart, the Mac app is available at no charge. Ukrainian developer Readdle has ported all the marquee features you like about Spark for iPhone and iPad over to the Mac edition, allowing you to triage your inbox, quickly see what’s important and easily clean up the rest.
The fast, well designed native app includes Touch Bar shortcuts on the new MacBook Pro, swipes on the trackpad, snoozing, quick replies, natural language search, unified inbox, full macOS Sierra compatibility, seamless settings sync across devices and other productivity-focused perks.
“It is created for people who live by their inbox and who want to have an amazing experience with email,” Readdle told me via email.
Here’s my colleague Andrew’s hands-on video.
You may also want to watch Spark’s promotional video before we dive into details.
So, what’s cool about Spark for Mac?
For starters, it supports customizable Touch Bar shortcuts on the new MacBook Pro letting you access common Spark features with a single tap like snoozing, folders, replies, pinning and so forth.
Like other Touch Bar shortcuts, Spark’s own ones can be easily customized to your liking. In addition, Spark supports fully customizable rich keyboard shortcuts, including a set of shortcuts that replicate ones found in Apple’s Mail app and Gmail.
Minimalist design and Smart Inbox make it a cinch to quickly see what’s important in your inboxes and batch archive the noise by bubbling what matters to the top.
If you have more than one email account, Smart Inbox brings emails from multiple accounts in one central place where you can quickly sort out what’s important and what’s not based on urgency. Plus, Spark has threaded message design for a more natural conversation view of your emails, like in iOS 10’s Mail app.
Your emails are organized into card-like sections, such as Personal, Notifications, Newsletters, Pins, Seen and more. With natural language search, you can quickly sift through your archived emails and find that needle in the haystack with complex queries such as “email from Seb last week with a PDF”, “emails with attachments from last month” and so forth.
Spark for Mac also supports a Quick Reply feature with emotions, letting you get your point across by loving, liking or acknowledging an email with a single click. You can also swipe to choose the right signature for the occasion before sending your email.
Like its iOS counterpart, Spark for Mac supports smart notifications to alert you about important emails, saving you from notification overload. Don’t worry, you can teach Spark about that newsletter you care about via settings to ensure you receive a notification every time it arrives.
As mentioned, the app also supports multi-touch gestures on the trackpad (you can customize them to fit your workflow and decide which swipes do what), email aliases, pretty calendar invite cards with one-tap Accept right from your email, a Share sheet extension for quick sharing of attachments and selected text from any app and more.
The app will happily synchronize all the settings and snoozes across your devices via iCloud. By the way, snoozing works across all your Apple devices.
Last but not least, Spark for Mac works with any email address and packs in support for third-party service integrations like on iOS with Pocket, Instapaper, One Note, Box, Dropbox, One Drive, iCloud Drive, Evernote and a whole bunch of other services available in the app.
With today’s release of Spark for Mac, the app is now available on all your devices: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and Apple Watch. More information about the app is available at the official website.
Here’s Readdle’s story on why they decided to make Spark. It’s an interesting read that also gives you an insight into the app’s future and Readdle’s vision.
Spark for iPhone and iPad is a free download from the App Store. The iOS app, named one of “Best of the App Store 2015” by Apple, is fully compatible with iOS 10.