Greetings techies, it’s that time of the week again! Today’s App Of The Week is Spark. As always, I wouldn’t recommend an app that I didn’t use myself.
If anyone has ever used Inbox by Gmail on Android or iOS, then Spark will feel very similar, as it essentially brings much of the same features to iOS. Made by Readdle, who makes another app I like, Spark is an awesome email client.
Spark App Features
- Smart Inbox
- Snoozing & pinning emails
- Swipe gestures
- Multiple email signatures
- Calendar integration
- Natural language search
The Smart Inbox is a cool way to break up your emails into different categories. As your email comes in, the Smart Inbox automatically sorts them into different cards: New, Notifications, Newsletters, Pins, Inbox. The Swiping feature essentially works the same as other email clients like Mailbox or Inbox by Gmail. A Left Short swipe marks an email as read/unread, a Left Long swipe snoozes an email, a Right Short swipe pins an email, and a Right Long swipe deletes the email. You can further customize these swipes in settings.
Users can directly add third-party services, such as Pocket, Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, OneDrive, Readability, Evernote, OneNote and Instapaper. You can also add in-app widgets, for the calendar, folders, smart folders, recently seen, and more. The app is fairly new, having been launched on May 29th to be exact, and there are plenty of more features listed as “Coming Soon” like Message Cards for Important and Social, Service Cards for iTunes Connect and Amazon Purchases, Content-based cards for Invites, Flights and Package Tracking, a non-email card called Statistics, and Application Cards like Weather and Contacts.
I have honestly never been more excited about an email client in a long time. I was excited when Inbox by Gmail came out, but as soon as those Coming Soon features start rolling out, I think Spark might have more functionality. Readdle has a bunch of cool apps, including an app I love called Documents, which is the closest thing to a file system for iOS that I’ve seen so far.
The natural language search is another great feature. You can type things like, “emails from Joe Everyman” and if it’s there it will pop up. This is fantastic if you’ve accidentally deleted an email and can’t find it. I’ve done that so many times using both Gmail and Inbox, and the search feature is terrible in those apps, ironically. Spark is also available on Apple Watch, and best of all it’s FREE! You can download the app directly from here.