Spark Gets An Amazing iOS 12 Update, macOS Mojave Dark Mode and Conference Calls Integration

After months of waiting, the brand new macOS Mojave and iOS 12 are finally live with some of the great new functionality under the hood. 

Our team has been thinking of ways to bring you the best of what iOS 12 and Mojave offer, and today we’re happy to show you some of the amazing features Spark adopted to help you be more efficient and love your email more. Let's get started!

Welcome the dark side of macOS Mojave!

Spark for Mac adds the new Dark Mode, designed to match the new macOS's dark theme in the most elegant and stylish way! Update to macOS Mojave, turn the Dark Mode on in Preferences > General and let us know what side you're on.

Stay focused with iOS 12 grouped notifications

Spark now supports iOS 12's Grouped Notifications which means your email alerts can be grouped by threads. Your lock screen will look clean and neat, thus helping you to stay more focused and less distracted. This feature is optional and can be set up in Spark Settings. Here's everything you need to know to get the ball rolling.

Send emails with Siri

Spark also supports a simple Siri shortcut to help you send email faster on iPhone and iPad. Immediately after you send an email to someone in Spark, go to iOS Settings > Siri & Search and find Spark in Suggested shortcuts to save an intent for later use. 

Here's a detailed step-by-step guide on how to set up a shortcut:

1. Send an email to someone in Spark

2. Go to iOS settings > Siri & Search

3. Select one of the suggested shortcuts based on your recent actions

4. Record a personalized phrase that will trigger this action in future.

Done! Now you can send emails to a specific person with your voice.

More amazing and useful shortcuts are coming in the next week's update. 

Conference Calls Integrations: Hangouts, Zoom, GoToMeeting 

With a growing number of distributed teams across multiple time zones and virtual meetings being scheduled with clients and partners across the globe, online conference calls have become a new standard for business meetings. As a result, more and more people spend their time managing conference calls details trying to schedule their meetings online.

Anyone who lives by their calendar, schedules meetings or joins conference calls on a regular basis had to leave Spark and open Google Calendar to join the call or schedule the meeting using services like Google Hangouts, GoToMeeting or Zoom. Now, you can easily add conference call links to events and see embedded links in existing events to join conference calls without ever leaving Spark. These integrations are available both on iOS and macOS

To get started, sign into the conference calls service of your choice in Spark’s Preferences.

Next time you have to create an event, simply select your service from the list and a link will be automatically generated for you.

Once you create an event with a link or receive an invite that includes a link with one of the services, you’ll see it in the event preview window and you can just click on the link to launch the call. 

As we welcome more and more tools and services into our daily workflows, it’s becoming hard to keep up with all of them and ensure they actually help us stay productive. Managing conference calls and switching between the apps is definitely not something you should be wasting your time with. With Spark, we want to streamline daily workflow routines as much as possible and help you do the work that adds real value.

You can get the new Spark for your iPhone or iPad and macOS for free and love your email again!

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