Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Sparrow for Mac finally gets general IMAP support, multitouch

Sparrow 1.1 is now available via the Mac App Store, finally bringing promised compatibility with IMAP accounts from MobileMe, Yahoo, and AOL in addition to any general IMAP server. Developers Dominique Leca and Dihn Vi�t Ho� have also added multitouch gesture support for trackpad users, easier formatting for rich text, priority inbox support for Gmail, and a new "minimalist" view for faster inbox scanning.

The original 1.0 version of Sparrow only supported accessing Gmail accounts. The developers decided to focus on Gmail support for the initial release because much of the UI was centered on Gmail-specific features, and its IMAP implementation has a number of quirks not generally present in standard IMAP servers. Once the initial version was released, however, the team went to work on integrating support for general IMAP.

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