Think dif­fer­ently about email

Dis­cover how to reignite your en­thu­si­asm for email with Spark RE­QUIRES Spark, OS X 10.11 or later you will learn How to get your email un­der con­trol IT WILL TAKE 10 min­utes

Mac|Life - - CONTENTS - Gary Mar­shall

If, like us, you spend a lot of time read­ing and re­ply­ing to email, it’s easy to feel swamped by an over­stuffed in­box. Ap­ple’s Mail app does a de­cent job of fil­ter­ing things, but it lacks some use­ful fea­tures that make email much eas­ier to man­age, such as au­to­matic replies, au­to­matic clas­si­fi­ca­tion of in­com­ing mes­sages, and the abil­ity to snooze mes­sages un­til it’s time to deal with them. Spark (Free) of­fers all those things not just on the Mac, but on iOS and the Ap­ple Watch too.

Spark starts with what it calls the Smart In­box, which or­ga­nizes your in­com­ing mes­sages into Per­sonal, No­ti­fi­ca­tions, and News­let­ters, with Per­sonal at the top. When mes­sages have been read but not filed they move to the Seen sec­tion, and if you want to come back to them later you can Snooze them so they’ll pop up at a more con­ve­nient time. Snooz­ing au­to­mat­i­cally works across all your de­vices.

One of our fa­vorite fea­tures is Quick Re­ply, which en­ables you to set up sim­ple re­sponses for those mes­sages you need to ac­knowl­edge but don’t feel like writ­ing a whole re­sponse to. Sim­ply set up the Quick Re­ply mes­sages you want to use and then choose the cor­rect one for any given mes­sage; so, for ex­am­ple, we’ve got a “Thanks, but this isn’t one for us” mes­sage as well as the de­fault “Call me,” “Cool,” and “Thanks” re­sponses. The app also works with the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro, en­abling you to quickly re­spond or file mes­sages with a tap.

We’ve made Spark the de­fault email client on our Mac, iPad, and iPhone be­cause it’s a great way to man­age busy in­boxes – and it’s very cus­tom­iz­a­ble too, so it’s easy to change to suit your own way of work­ing. You’ll see in the walk­through how to change the app’s ap­pear­ance, how mes­sages are signed, and even set your own key­board short­cuts. If email makes you anx­ious or ir­ri­ta­ble, Spark might just be the so­lu­tion.

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