Spike has been my favorite email app since the beginning of this year and it is going to get better with frequent updates. Recently, the Mac version was updated to include a new download manager, a built-in web browser, and the option to install Spike for the Mac from the Mac App Store.
One of the few things that Spike lacked before the recent update was the ability to download multiple attachments at once. I often email 4-5 PDFs at once and downloading them one by one is quite a rare task. This problem is now solved. You can also set a default download location. I personally like to download items on my desktop so that they sync with iCloud on all my devices.
The integrated web browser is another great addition to the app. I find it effective in practice that if someone sends me an article to read, I can do it now without launching Safari. Spike can load it into the app and I can turn it off after reading it. Spike has the option to copy this link, open it in your default browser, and forward it to yourself or someone else. The only feature here is 1 password consolidation for a given subscription site login, but I’m not sure how that would be possible if 1 password wasn’t shared with Spike. Although I have found the feature quite effective since its release.
Spike is also now appearing in the Mac App Store for the first time. I prefer the stand-alone version for quick updates when new features / bug fixes are released, but Mac App Store downloads are useful for users who are unfamiliar with installing software from the web. I’ve been trying to get many of my colleagues to use Spike Groups better to use Spike, so installing the Mac App Store will make this process much easier.
Spike has a free download for Mac and iOS and the option to pay for business accounts.
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