Sparrow 1.5 Update Brings Dropbox Integration, Better Search

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The OS X version of Sparrow, a popular alternative mail application, has been updated to version 1.5. The update brings bug fixes and 3 new features:

    MacStories writes of the update:
    Sparrow is available in two flavors, a free, ad-supported version, and a $9.99 fully-featured version.

    Sparrow Free is available from the Sparrow website. Sparrow is available for $9.99 from the Mac App Store [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Sparrow 1.5 Update Brings Dropbox Integration, Better Search
  2. 3bs
    macrumors 603


    May 20, 2011
    Dublin, Ireland
    I've had a mac for about 3 years but only started using the stock about a year ago and I like it. How is Sparrow better?
  3. macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2007
    I must have been left behind when this 'popular' mail application was announced. I've never heard of it. Cant beat a good Safari window with loaded inside it ;)
  4. macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2010
    Anglesey, UK
    I quite like the look of this app, but I would miss not having rules/filters (unless this has been included in the new version)?
  5. macrumors 6502


    Mar 30, 2009
    I'll buy it the moment it supports Hotmail (I doubt it will ever though :()
  6. macrumors 68020

    Sep 23, 2008
    I used Mail ever since I switched to a Mac. I just love the simple and elegant look, it is much more convenient than any web app. However, since Lion I actually hate it a lot. The long-awaited third column is glitchy and cannot be properly customised. The conversation view does not work with most e-mail providers including, to my astonishment, Gmail, whereas the much more useful ‘view by thread’ function is gone. Furthermore, the ‘simplified’ e-mail header is an impairment; it shows not enough in compact mode and too much in extended mode, while the save-attachment button is only viewable in the extended mode. For me, Mail for Lion feels like an unfinished product and I would love to get the old version back.

    I think that Sparrow becomes more and more a solid alternative to Mail. It has some refreshing ideas, like the Facebook and Dropbox integration which seem very useful to me. The interface is much cleaner and the overall structure of the program is much more simple. However, I cannot use it as it does not properly support my university and work e-mail accounts. It works well with iCloud, Gmail and Yahoo, but not very well with other accounts. Also, I think Sparrow offers not enough customisation options, e.g. to remove the pictures in the mail list and to view all your folders at once, not only the folders per account (at least the last time I used it).
  7. macrumors newbie

    Jan 1, 2009
    I don't think it's fair to say whether or not it's "better" than another mail app, per se; it's just particularly geared for—though not exclusive to—Gmail users. A few features especially worthy to note are:

    • Supports using DropBox and CloudApp for attachments that exceed sending limits on most email hosts
    • Has pretty comprehensive Gmail label support (unlike's folder system)
    • Supports Priority Inbox (a popular Gmail feature)
    • Supports Facebook connectivity if the user prefers to link FB friends' images with email contacts (with live updating)

    Perhaps development of Lion's had been progressing for a while when Sparrow burst onto the scene, but for the uninitiated, many might claim that Lion's Mail stole most (all?) of its key features from Sparrow. In short, it's a rather top-notch program with incredibly helpful and consistent customer support, as well as solid and frequent feature updates.
  8. 3bs
    macrumors 603


    May 20, 2011
    Dublin, Ireland
    So someone is saying it doesn't support hotmail which I use and you're saying it doesn't support your college e-mail. My college e-mail is a microsoft exchange e-mail so I guess that doesn't work with Sparrow either so I have no use for it.

    Oh and I'm not sure why anyone would vote my first post down
  9. macrumors regular

    Aug 21, 2005
    sparrow is beautiful, is clean and it's fast! sure it's doesn't have all the bells and whistles like outlook or entourage, but for me it's just perfect. since lion, the apple mail is too confusing while handling multiple accounts. i have 4 mail accounts simultaneously on Sparrow and its just works. i haven't had any trouble with configurations or compatibilities. they have a solid costumer support and Facebook staff, so you can post doubts and expect replies and tips from their teams really quick. i've tested a lot mail apps before buying Sparrow, and it was love at the first sight. do yourself a favor and grab a copy of Sparrow,and be prepare for the iPhone version too! ;) cheers
  10. macrumors 65816


    Jan 30, 2009
    I love this update. Sparrow is everything a simple mail app should be. It handles my four email accounts flawlessly and looks great while doing it. I've said it once and I'll say it again, I can't live without it. I'd rather communicate with pigeons than without sparrow (bad pun I know). Some say it's buggy but I haven't had any issues with it at all, that said, I'm sure 2.0 will be damn near perfect. If you're a light weight email user this is really the way to go.

    sparrow fanboy
  11. macrumors 68040


    Nov 27, 2003
    Prefs > Viewing > Use classic layout?
  12. macrumors regular


    Oct 20, 2003
    Fort Thomas, KY
    yeah but

    what about rules? I'd switch for sure if there was support for rules.
  13. Guest

    Jul 29, 2007
  14. macrumors member

    May 29, 2008
    My uni email runs on Microsoft Exchange, works fine in Sparrow. You just have to configure all the server settings manually.
    Unless you got your Hotmail account in some Asian country, you've always have to upgrade to a "pro" account to enable use with external email clients.
  15. macrumors newbie

    Dec 8, 2011
    Sparrow's nice but I like PostBox much better

    I like sparrow but I find it lacking in high end features. It's a nice early effort and I like the direction but it is not ready for prime time - at least for me.

    You should check out PostBox if you want something with some higher end mail features. I used forever and then I upgraded to Lion. Needless to say, I could not stand the new It seemed that all it really got was a fresh coat of paint and nothing more. I tried Sparrow for awhile but found it lacking. I then discovered PostBox - apparently, I played with it before but it did not surpass at the time. It has certainly come a long way since. It has a nice progression of features and it looks to be improving very quickly and very well. It may be missing some things and the interface could use a bit of tweaking (some things are hard to find and they should be easier to find, some keyboard shortcuts don't make sense i.e. 'L' to forward email) but overall, a better experience than and Sparrow.

    I would not recommend buying it from the app store though. From reading the blogs, I saw that they were forced to remove certain features by Apple (specifically, the plug-ins)

    For the record, I do not work for PostBox or Apple. I am a developer myself and I like well crafted software.

  16. macrumors 6502

    Aug 13, 2002
    Vancouver, BC
    I like Sparrow's support for Labels instead of the normal folder equivalent in Mail.

    Has anyone figured out the "correct" IMAP for Gmail that doesn't put it into a permanent double-sync of All Mail and each labelled folder?
  17. macrumors member

    May 29, 2008
    Does Dropbox integration work for you? I only get the spinning wheel and nothing happens. The one loads immediately and asks for username/password, though.
  18. macrumors regular

    Nov 11, 2007
    #18 IMAP Mail OS X.pdf
  19. macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2007
    Baltimore, MD
    does this basically ensure a perfect gmail synchronization? I remembered the 2 beefs I had with apple mail and gmail was:
    1. double emails
    2. deleting on apple mail meant archiving on gmail, and i wanted it to go into the trash instead since I never archive or use all mail.
  20. macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2007
    Oh, but you can. IIRC, Sparrow was made FOR Gmail; it's their specialty. Give the free version a look; I bought the app, and LOVE it. I have 5 gmail (and Google Apps) accounts and Sparrow works wonderfully with them.
  21. 3bs
    macrumors 603


    May 20, 2011
    Dublin, Ireland
    Got my @live account in Ireland and I'm using it on the and it works fine :confused:
  22. dfs
    macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2008
    Missing the point

    I think that the previous comments miss the real value of Sparrow: it can be a lifeaver for those people who won’t or can’t upgrade to Lion (for ex., the Quicken-dependent). Now we need programs that do the same thing for a calendar and an address book and we’re home free.
  23. NazgulRR, Dec 8, 2011
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2011

    macrumors 6502

    Oct 4, 2010
    Yes, follow this guide all the way (including IMAP Prefix [Gmail] etc.):

    But UNCHECK "All Mail". Instead, make sure that EVERY SINGLE EMAIL that you have has ONE label (but not more!).
    Maybe make a label called "Archive1"* or sth like that and put all emails that don't fit into other labels into that one and then show in IMAP the following: Inbox, sent, drafts, spam, bin and ALL your custom labels.

    Everything works nicely:) Conversation view as well.

    *for some reason Gmail prevents you to make a label called "Archive" :S

    EDIT: Found a way to create "Archive" IMAP label on gmail -> just "archive" any gmail email in your Mail app. It creates the Archive label for you on gmail server, even though it is impossible to do that manually on the webmail app. Neat :). Now everything works just like iCloud email:).
  24. macrumors 6502

    Apr 6, 2009
    The problem isn't that Sparrow doesn't "support Hotmail."
    The problem is that Hotmail doesn't offer IMAP.
    Whose fault do you think that might be.
  25. macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    Sparrow, for not supporting POP3. Every other mail client does.

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