Sparkle app is updated for Apple Silicon and macOS Big Sur with new design and SEO Assistant

Sparkle app for Mac is updated to version 3.0 with support for Apple Silicon and macOS Big Sur. The latest version of the Sparkle app offers a new design, SEO Assistant, and much more. Sparkle 3 is a website building and designing tool for Mac and offers several built-in tools such as SEO Assistant, payment buttons, shopping carts, faster websites, security, and quick technical support.

Recently, Apple launched its M1 Mac models, also known as Apple Silicon Macs, and released macOS Big Sur to the public. Both hardware and software are major upgrades by the company which bring faster performance with better graphics and battery life. At the WWDC 2020 event in June, developers were given the required support to build apps compatible with new Mac software and Apple Silicon, M1.

This update makes Sparkle 3 one of the first apps coming to new M1 Mac models: 13-inch MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini. We have listed done the new features in the latest version of Sparkle 3.

Everything New on the Updated Sparkle App

The Sparkle app allows users to build websites. Out of the 50 new features, new design for macOS Big Sur, SEO assistant, built-in blog and compatibility with Apple Silicon Macs are the major updates. Here are the complete release notes for everything new in Sparkle 3.

New interface to work more effectively

– a redesigned, understated, sharper UI

– new look for macOS Big Sur

– new Sparkle icon

– SEO assistant and health check: insights to optimize your website

– layers view

– 6 new template designs

– template picker when creating a new website

– option to import entire website

– editing of a multi-selection

– options to apply changes to all images in a gallery

– ability to drag and drop a page between project windows

– options to collapse sidebars

– new device layout state settings for faster responsive design workflow

– integrated links to documentation

– QR Code to open preview on mobile

– Microsoft Edge and Brave browser preview support

– passwordless, key based SFTP authentication

– copy current page URL and RSS URL to the clipboard

– character count for page title and description

– preview of the cookie banner, and its effect, on all pages

– text replace

New features for a better website

– a built-in blog with automatic index generation

– custom post content for the index and RSS

– automatic RSS generation

– mega menus (using in-page popups with button hover)

– full screen mobile menus (using fixed position popups with animation)

– modal banners, offers, etc (using modal popups with timer or scroll based display)

– payment buttons (PayPal, Stripe, Snipcart, Ecwid, Gumroad, Paddle)

– property booking (Houfy)

– calendars (Houfy property calendar, Calendy and 10to8.com appointment booking)

– table booking (Opentable, The Fork, Quandoo)

– parallax effects

– box background filters

– contour shadow for images with transparency

– full-width video

– typewriter effect (via smart fields)

– countdown text (via smart fields)

– counter text (via smart fields)

– insertion of math formulas (via smart fields)

– extraction of photo EXIF information for standalone photos and galleries (via smart fields)

– page title, date/time, code fragment (via smart fields)

– AdSense

– audio and video player controls and layout customization

– global and per-page developer settings

– 150 new built-in fonts

– Lottie animations

– ability to designate a reply-to field in the contact form

– activate after consent for analytics

– gallery image description

– text citation

New optimizations to make your site perform better

– optimization for new “Web Vitals” metrics

– automatic perceptual image optimization for jpeg and WebP images

– better PNG image compression

– SVG optimization

– parallelized image compression on multi-core Macs

Sparkle is a free app with in-app purchases and can be downloaded from Mac App Store.

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