Spark, the popular email app created by Scanner Pro and PDF Expert developer Readdle, has just received an update that delivers several notable enhancements, further cementing its reputation as an excellent alternative to Apple's built-in Mail app and to any other third-party email app on iOS.
Default email signatures
Spark has long been enabling you to add a number of email signatures and swipe through them in the order they're arranged to select your preferred signature for the email you're composing. Now, though, the app has begun allowing you to set a signature as the default for a certain email account, thereby letting you, say, assign a formal signature for your work account and a playful one for your personal account.
To get started with assigning default signatures to your email accounts, go to the app's Settings and select Signatures. Then, tap an existing signature or add a new one, tap “Set as Default for…”, and select the account for which you want the signature to be used by default.
Custom notification actions
Also, Spark has long been offering support for interactive notifications, enabling you to swipe on notifications to act on new emails without having to open the app. And now, the app has gained a new settings feature that allows you to customize the actions you can take when swiping on notifications.
To configure this new feature, go to the app's Settings and select the new Notification Actions option. You can then tap either option in the next settings screen to set the Primary Action or Secondary Action to Mark as Read, Archive, or Delete.
The latest update to Spark also brings improvements to the app's move function. Now, when you tap the move option in the toolbar after selecting at least one email, you'll see the improved move pane that suggests the most important folders and lets you search for specific folders to move your selected emails to.
Furthermore, the update brings full support for zooming in and out HTML-formatted emails, plus enhancements for performance and stability.
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Compatible with iOS 8.3 or later, the app is designed for iPhone and iPod touch, with support for Apple Watch. Native iPad support is, according to Readdle, “coming soon.”
Spark works with email accounts on Gmail, Yahoo, iCloud, Outlook, IMAP, and Exchange, support for which was added to the app through its update in November.
Spark's previous major update came a month ago, bringing snooze and attachment enhancements.
Included by Apple in its “Best of the App Store” for 2015, Spark comes highly recommended by us here on AppAdvice, particularly to users who are looking for an email client ahead of the shutdown of the pioneering gesture-based email app Mailbox on Feb. 26.