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Sparrow Lite

By Sparrow by Google

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Discover a new way to mail on your Mac.

Sparrow is a minimal e-mail application designed to keep things simple and efficient.
No gimmicks here... just your mail and nothing else.

Sparrow supports IMAP and POP:
You can use the following mail providers with Sparrow:
- Gmail (classic and Google apps)
- MobileMe
- Yahoo!
- Any custom IMAP server
- Hotmail, MSN, Live ...

Sparrow Lite is ad-supported and integrates a 'Sent with Sparrow' signature in all outgoing mails.


Quickly flick through threaded conversations on your Mac like never before.

Quick Reply:
Responding to your mail as never been so simple. Click, write, and send in the same window.

Facebook Integration:
See the profile picture of your friends and even 'Add friends' directly from Sparrow.

Unified Inbox:
All your mail in one place.

Labels and Folders:
Create and edit labels and folders right from Sparrow. Easily keep a clean and tidy inbox.

Formatting Bar:
Change fonts, add bulleted or numbered list. Sparrow makes it easy to customize your mail.

Quick Look:
Simply press space to preview all your attachments.

Inline Attachments:
Drag & drop images and documents straight into your mail.

Cloud Attachment:
With Dropbox & CloudApp, sending a mail with attachment has never been simpler. Drag, Drop and sync.

Stay up to date with your mail stream on selected accounts.

Sending mails from different addresses has never been this easy.

Priority Inbox:
If you use Gmail, Sparrow supports Priority Inbox.

Minimal Mode:
Hide message previews and the sidebar. See more mail at a glance.

Extended Sidebar:
View all your folders, labels, and mail accounts straight in the main view.

‘We recommend giving Sparrow a try’ - Ars Technica
‘Sparrow is an awesome first step to a true native Gmail client for Mac’ - TechCrunch
‘I am insanely pleased with Sparrow’ - Stephen Fry
‘Sparrow aims for simplicity in a way that is rather inspired’ - TUAW

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What's New in Version 1.6.3

- Retina support

Bug fix:
- Improve memory usage
- Improved performance when loading huge conversations
- Fixed progress indicator in message view
- IMAP compatibility issues
- Brazilian localization
- Search issue
- URL in subject can be clicked
- Date / subject in headers can be selected
- Improved avatar in message cells
- Crash when reimporting POP fixed


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Customer Reviews

So THIS is what email should be like!

I’ve held off on switching to Sparrow for years. All my friends had it. I just assumed Apple would have the upper hand in any mail app race and I didn’t want to hassle with it. That was idiotic. Even though Sparrow isn’t in development anymore, it makes Apple Mail feel so slow, buggy and undesigned. Really hope it stays alive. And wish I had switched sooner, but then I would have so much money in my swear jar.


Sparrow is truly the best email sending app for any iPhone or Mac. It's quick at launching, definitely no resource hog and is packed full of features. I specifically love the Facebook connect. Twitter would be very welcome in a future update. Sending email has never been so easy. If you don't mind the small advertising and the "Sent with Sparrow" as the mail signature - get this.

Sparrow is a fantastic app

Great app, I wish I had learned about it sooner. I don't really see the point in upgrading to the full version though, I don't mind the ads. They are actually really good ads for good stuff. I have found myself clicking on them more than I would in other apps. Sorry to see you go, Sparrow.

Sparrow Lite
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  • Free
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated: Aug 07, 2012
  • Version: 1.6.3
  • Size: 11.8 MB
  • Languages: English, Catalan, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
  • Seller: Sparrow by Google

Compatibility: OS X 10.6 or later

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