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2 stars

"Buggy and Resource-intensive"

November 10, 2011  |  By obhayden

 |  Version: Spark 2.5.3


Interface is clean and simple.


It takes over 100mb of memory while running, and uses considerably more network bandwidth and CPU cycles than other chat clients (such as pidgin or trillian).

It often requires manually quitting before logging off or shutting down Windows, since Windows doesn't seem to be able to terminate the app. It also hangs up about 20% of the time when closed, requiring manual termination of the process using task manager.

Archiving features are meager and customizability of interface and features such as timestamp aren't up to snuff.

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4 stars

"Great corporate IM solution"

March 05, 2009  |  By Scorpion909

 |  Version: Spark 2.5.3


* Easy to use and install
* Administrator control over many features
* No ads, games or unneeded add-ons
* Ability to store conversation and availability logs for specified time periods


* Unable to lock down a couple of features from end users


Very good open source based corporate IM. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because I can't figure out how to lock down some of the features from end users like setting idle time. It may be possible but I haven't figured it out yet. I am serving this from my own machine to 100 end users and it hasn't effected performance on my end at all.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.6.3
Version 2.6.3 fixed issues with login screen shows disabled fields, search in history is not working, and NPE when exiting a chat window with ESC.
Publisher Jive Software
Publisher web site
Release Date July 01, 2011
Date Added July 01, 2011
Version 2.6.3
Category Communications
Subcategory Chat
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 39.19MB
File Name spark_2_6_3.exe
Total Downloads 42,726
Downloads Last Week 131
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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