Spark for Mac

Beautiful and intelligent email app



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Denys Zhadanov — VP of Marketing at Readdle
Hi guys,

Thank you all for the interest and comments. We've spent the last 2.5 years working on Spark in order to change the email experience for people with a busy inbox.

Readdle has a proven track record of creating amazing productivity apps that are used by 50 million people (Scanner Pro, PDF Expert, Calendars, Documents), but it was the time to take on a bigger challenge and solve bigger problems in tech. That's why Spark was born.

So what is Spark?
Spark is an intelligent email client that shows you what's important in your inbox. It bubbles emails from real people to the top, and allows you to take batch actions on your newsletters and notifications. We created it for people who live by their inbox and who want to have an amazing experience with email.

Here's how Spark intelligently helps you:

- Smart Inbox lets you quickly see what’s important and batch archive the noise
- Natural language search (i.e. search “email from Alex last week with a PDF”)
- Beautiful and minimalist design
- Amazing Calendar invite cards (this alone is a killer feature. See your schedule while accepting the invite)
- Quick Replies with emotions
- Smart notifications will only notify you about important emails (you can also teach Spark)

If that's not enough to make you switch:

- Spark supports Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro
- It will sync all your settings and snoozes across all your Apple devices (iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac)
- iOS App was named one of “Best of the App Store 2015” by Apple.
- Spark for Mac is now "Editors' Choice" on the Mac App Store

The Business Model:
Spark 2.0 is already in the works and will be geared towards Team collaboration around email. Spark will remain free for personal use, but we will charge the teams on recurring basis.

Here's the story behind Spark and why we created it:

I hope to hear your thoughts and feedback. Please remember that this is version 1.0.
Craig Jarrow — Time Management Ninja
@denzhadanov Love it! Keep up the great work over there at Readdle. Just installed Spark on both my Macs. 😉
Able Joseph — Founder & CEO, Aisle
@denzhadanov Been a long time user on iOS and a beta user on the Mac. Brilliant app. I wake up to only relevant emails now. Sleep has improved. Needed that. Thank you!
Tigran Hakobyan — Entrepreneur, Co-founder/CMO @ inapptics
@denzhadanov Great job guys! I have been using Spark on iPhone for a while and liked it a lot. Already installed on my Mac and happy so far :)
@denzhadanov I really enjoy it so far! I have been using Newton for a while and Sparks interface is much more compelling with multiple mailboxes. I think you should consider integrating mail tracking/scheduling :)
Bryce York — Creative Technologist
@denzhadanov would love to be able to set a default font (even better a default font stack so it matches my signature).
Eat Drink Stay Dubai — S - Eat Drink Stay Dubai
@denzhadanov Wow, so impressed at this. Spark is ace on IOS and whilst I thought I was content with Airmail on Mac, I'm now not so sure. One killer feature I love on Airmail is being able to filter all the messages by same sender with one keystroke - far easier to work through (or bin). Can't see that Spark or Polymail have that feature (yet). Keep up the fab work!
Adithya Shreshti — Founder of Startuposphere
@denzhadanov I love the iOS app (it just goes crazy if a lot of accounts are connected) . Not sure why Mac app is not available in the Indian app store.
Trey Hakanson — Cpo, hatchli
@tigranhakobian @denzhadanov how's the iphone app? is it better than Polymail's? I've enjoyed that so far
JoshTodd — Director of Product, TUNE
@meetbryce yes! This is my biggest frustration with Spark.
Tigran Hakobyan — Entrepreneur, Co-founder/CMO @ inapptics
@trey_hakanson @denzhadanov the iPhone app is really great for me! I have been using Apple's native mail app for a while, then Outlook (which was great before Apple releasing iOS 10), but Spark is definitely better. Haven't used Polymail, so can't compare it with Spark.
Daveyon Mayne — Developer,
@denzhadanov Where is the iOS app? Website says only for Mac?
Kiley Dorton — Product Designer @ TORQworks
@denzhadanov this is a picture-perfect model for how a maker should describe their product on PH
John Yalcin — Web Developer
@denzhadanov Excellent news! I'm excited to give this a try. What rendering engine does Spark use to display HTML emails?
Juan L — CEO and Co founder of @koalaroomie
@denzhadanov this looks amazing! I'm looking forward to using the Calendar Invite cards
eudamon — Startup Whisperer
@denzhadanov Does Readdle store email content on its servers?
Daveyon Mayne — Developer,
@shahinix Thank you!
Wayne Slavin — Co-Founder, Sure
@denzhadanov well done on a great product. Go team Readdle!
Samantha Richardson — Designer
@denzhadanov Love the design! Swipe customization is simply brilliant!
Denys Zhadanov — VP of Marketing at Readdle
@mirmayne No, you can download both iOS and Mac apps from Apple Stores.
Denys Zhadanov — VP of Marketing at Readdle
Here's a few words about the business model
Darin Dimitroff — Product designer at spacefarm
@denzhadanov hands down the best email app for macOS and iOS to come out after Sparrow. My favorite detail is the ability to switch between different keyboard command modes on a Mac.
The app is free, so what is the business model? How do you plan to sustain development?
Greg Gilbert — Founder, Nerdy Makers
@wokalski my concern exactly.. it looks good but I'd like to know if it's here to stay :)
Louis de Vaumas — Product @ Digitick
@wokalski Same question here! We've seen to many email apps disappears
Parwinder Bhagat — Senior Web Developer
@wokalski All the other apps from Readdle are paid. They make money from the companion productivity apps (Scanner & PDF Expert are must haves!)

Found this comment on another post on /r/mac:

General Statistical Information

"When you use the Spark app we gather statistics and analytics on your usage of Spark. We may collect information about your mobile device and internet connection, including the application-specific device identifier, IP address, operating system, browser type, mobile network information, location, installed email, etc. This information is collectively referred to as "General Statistical Information". This data helps us to determine how different parts of the Spark app are used. This information is used by us to provide you with the best user experience possible.
We use third party services, such as Google Analytics, Facebook Analytics and Amplitude, to collect and analyze how you use Spark. These services may collect information about you and your usage of Spark in accordance with their respective privacy policies."

So even if you're trying to keep your data away from Google and Facebook they'll get it any way. I'm not sure if anyone is aware of that but Spark downloads all your emails to their servers. They mention about that in their policy.

If anyone regrets signing up for Spark and is worried about your emails being stored on their servers, try this
@neurohacked Thanks. I think this prevents many people, myself included, from using this app.
Patrick Kuti — DevOps Engineer
@neurohacked @wokalski Thanks for this. I was looking forward to it until finding out the above, as this also prevents myself from using this app. I really don't understand why the recent surge of new e-mail applications constantly feel the need to get you to either sign up for a new user account, or store your e-mail on their servers and to add salt to the wound, account deletion is always a cumbersome process with them all.
@patyx7 @neurohacked yeah; the password part is just a bit worrying because you can make them delete it if you disable push notifications on all your devices. This part however makes me seriously an opponent of this app:
"We use third party services, such as Google Analytics, Facebook Analytics and Amplitude [...]. These services may collect information about you and your usage of Spark"
Mihail Tugushev — Internet researcher
@neurohacked thanks!
@neurohacked @wokalski I would gladly pay just to remove this...
Denys Zhadanov — VP of Marketing at Readdle
@wokalski Hi Wojtek, here's a few words about the business model
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