Readdle, a Ukrainian developer of fine productivity software, today released a major 2.0 update to its popular Spark email client for iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch, bringing a brand new collaborative experience for teams and a host of other improvements.
Changing the way teams use email, Spark 2.0 helps business customers get things done and communicate more easily than before with collaborative features like the ability to create emails together, discuss email privately, create a link to an email message and more.
Here’s a quick overview of the key features aimed at teams:
- Discuss email privately with your team: You can have an in-line private conversation with your team about email.
- Share email: Keep your teammates in the loop by inviting them to an email thread. Say goodbye to messy email forwarding.
- Create email together: A real time email composer that allows you to invite people and write email together. Think of Google Docs in your compose window.
- Create links to email: You can create a link to a specific email message or thread and share it via messenger, CRM, etc. Advanced security settings allow you to set granular permissions as who can see it.
Nedless to say, they’ll be adding new functionality continuously.
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Check out the promotional video for Spark 2.0 embedded below.
And now, watch the animations embedded below that highlight some of the marquee Spark 2.0 features, like private team comments, shared Drafts and linking to emails.
You can share an email with your teammates and discuss it using private comments
You and your colleagues can compose the email draft together using a real-time editor.
You can create a shareable direct link to an email or a thread.
For more information about Spark 2.0, visit sparkmailapp.com.
Great for personal email, too
Spark 2.0 will, of course, continue to be a great personal email client.
In the Mac version of Spark, users can now take advantage of a full-featured calendar to stay on top of their daily agenda. Your schedule is a click away in Spark 2.0: you can create events using natural language (e.g. “Meet Alex tomorrow at 10 am”), enjoy gorgeously crafted, informative calendar invitations and more.
On the iPhone and iPad side, Spark has introduced powerful new third-party service integrations—in addition to Apple’s stock Reminders and Files apps, Spark for iOS now lets you access 2Do, Omnifocus, Things, Wunderlist, Todoist, Asana, Trello and Bear apps.
As for an Apple Watch version of Spark, which by the way is one of the better watchOS apps out there, Readdle tells me Spark’s watchOS update will be ready a bit later after 2.0’s launch.
Today’s update is provided at no extra cost to all existing users of the app.
Pricing & availability
Spark will employ a subscription business model that’s similar to Slack.
In other words, Spark will continue to be free for personal email and core team functionality. Teams can upgrade to a Premium subscription for $7.99 per user per month or $6.39 per user per month if billed annually, a 20% discount.
The Premium subscription tier comes with such perks as three or more collaborators for email composing, premium customer support, admin settings and controls over the team, advanced link sharing security settings to give permissions of who sees it and 10GB of storage per user for their comments and file sharing (the free tier includes 5GB basic team storage).
Here’s an overview of the Free and Premium tiers:
- Team file storage: 5 GB total for team
- Shared drafts: 2 active collaborators
- Email sharing with secure link: standard link sharing
- Administration: self-governance and no team roles
- Support: standard
- Team file storage: 10 GB per team member
- Shared drafts: unlimited collaborators
- Email sharing with secure link: advanced link sharing settings
- Administration: team roles and control
- Support: priority