Popular email app Spark for Mac and iOS was today updated with several new features aimed at professionals, including "Send Later" and "Follow-up Reminders."
Send Later is designed to allow users to schedule emails to be sent at a later time instead of right away. Spark users can compose an email and then schedule it at the time when it's most likely to be read.
The feature can be accessed by choosing the Send Later icon when composing an email, which will pop up an option to choose a time.
Professional follow-up is an art that both sender and recipient appreciate. Everyone gets busy and can easily miss important emails. In this case, friendly follow-up reminders help you get a response when the timing is right. Use follow-up Reminders in Spark to ensure that your message doesn't end up in limbo.
On iOS devices, the Spark app has been updated with a new email composer to accommodate the two new features. The new design is meant to make it easier to choose the From email address, and more explicit CC and BCC buttons are supposed to make it easier to manage CC/Bcc contacts.
The new Spark features are available today in both the iOS and Mac apps, which are free downloads. [iOS: Direct Link] [Mac: Direct Link]
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The problem is different apps have different features right now and have their good parts and lacking. No one has stepped up and made the "best" email app.
The stock app works fine, if it wasnt for Apple's failure to play nice with Google and Gmail accounts. iOS rarely fetches accurately even at 15 min; Ive gone in and seen a last checked time easily 45 min before. So fetch is just pretty terrible in the stock app is the real kicker.
Text "parts"... ok. Maybe they just grab the first 250ch? I dunno... again, #1 and #2.
The last sentence is pretty clear though. "We store messages and emails" says that they clearly are dealing with complete messages a lot.
Am I still oversimplifying? Maybe for you Stu, but I think it's fair to say that you've done a good job in both pointing out the nuances of what third party mail apps do, as well as point out that, in fact, many times your full messages do go through Spark.
BUT I DON'T CARE ABOUT SPARK so much as I'm pointing out that ANY third-party email client on iOS has to get your password and log in as you to provide services. I'm not even declaring a moral evil here. I'm just saying that the disclosure of this kind of information is important. While you might be ok with this on a personal email account, maybe it's not such a good idea to use this on a sensitive account. Maybe, someone is going to assume that email is email on iPhone, and that this is a core service like a calendar/reminder, when it isn't like that.
But for what it's worth, thanks for pointing this stuff out. Now, if you go back to my first statement, "BTW, if you use a third party email app, you are giving the third party complete visibility to all your email and your password. What could possibly go wrong?" -- are you sure that's still oversimplified?
I’ve been using Airmail because of it, and Spark is much better.
Just give me a nice little ding like the default mail app or like Airmail. I’ve been asking them for 2 years now!
Another issue I found is their snooze is on device only so if you snooze an email on the iphone and go to say Gmail on the web (or Outlook on your PC) the email is still in your inbox; not moved to a snooze folder like spark and other email apps to reappear later.
Those 2 major issues keep me from using it. I do like the attachments at the top of the email like the Outlook app does. It's a little "basic" in terms of features if you don't use the assistant stuff.
I also had some issues in search that it wasnt finding all emails that Spark does really well.
But Spark has disappointed me in general. It started off really good (it's still really good) and then got stale for about a year now with nothing but bug fixes besides drag and drop for ipad. There was a 6 month period with a single app update to it. These are the first major new features for iphones in a long time, and it's still missing a lot of stuff. It drive me absolutely nuts that Spark has no edge swipe to get to the side menu like Outlook and Edison; getting to that top left on a Plus device is not fun one handed.
Outlook was the black sheep to me for a long time; it did nothing very well. Im not all keen on the social media esque redesign but the search and features are starting to get a LOT better and updated weekly. It's missing a lot of customization though, even simple things like in-app browser though.
Really I have yet to find a really good 3rd party email app. Airmail was the closest but a buggy mess that seems they will never fix up to a stable state.