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For years I’ve been running experiments while wearing my MacSparky hat. I try different apps and workflows constantly. Historically, I could not share most of those experiments because they were full of confidential client data. Not any more.

MacSparky Labs gets you behind the scenes and early access to what is going on with MacSparky tests, experiments, and new workflow ideas. There are three levels. They are additive. You get everything from the prior levels plus something more with each successive level. There’s a handy table below, but if you are word inclined, here you go. As you can see, I’ve worked hard to make sure all the lab members get some exciting content. I’ve got a lot of plans for the MacSparky Labs, and I sincerely appreciate your support.

Level 1 – Supporter Access

Supporters get access to:

  • The MacSparky Labs blog posts
  • The MacSparky Labs newsletter
  • Exclusive labs videos
  • Access to the Supporter Podcast

$5/Month or $50/Year

Level 2 – Backstage Access

At this level, you get everything from Supporter level plus:

  • Digital meet-ups
  • Friends of Dave (FOD) interview videos (video interviews with interesting people)
  • The meet-ups, and FOD interviews will also be recorded and made available for Behind the Scenes Access members who can’t make it.
  • Focus Sessions – Group working sessions where we all try and get some important work done, together.
  • Special Field Guide Discounts
  • Access to the Backstage Podcast, which includes all content from the Supporter Podcast plus additional content and audio recordings of FOD interviews and Virtual Meetups.

$10/Month or $100/Year

Level 3 – Early Access

At this level, you get all of the above benefits plus early access:

  • Participation and access to the MacSparky Deep Dives, where I share and discuss workflows.
  • Substantive blog posts and videos are often finished well before publication. You’ll get access to those before anyone else.
  • The same goes for Field Guides. Once I finish a new Field Guide, it usually takes a few weeks of doing the marketing and final tweaks before release. At this level, you’ll get the opportunity to purchase new Field Guides (at a discount) and get access before they are released publicly.
  • Access to the Early Access Podcast, which includes all content from the Supporter and Backstage Podcasts plus additional content and audio recordings Deep Dive sessions.

$20/Month or $200/Year

All levels can also be purchased on an annual basis. Purchasing on an annual basis gets you two months for free.

Benefit1 – Supporter2 – Backstage Access3 – Early Access
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Support Your Local Sparky ✓ ✓ ✓
Exclusive Blog Posts  ✓ ✓ ✓
Exclusive Newsletter ✓ ✓ ✓
Exclusive Videos ✓ ✓ ✓
Weekly Lab Report Podcast ✓ ✓ ✓
The Supporter Podcast ✓
Digital Meet Ups ✓ ✓
Friends of Dave Interviews ✓ ✓
Field Guide Discounts ✓ ✓
Focus Sessions
The Backstage Podcast
Early Access Posts  ✓
Early Access Videos  ✓
Early Access Field Guides  ✓
Access to MacSparky Deep Dives ✓
Quarterly and Monthly Planning Calls
The Early Access Podcast
Cost (Monthly | Yearly)$5 | $50$10 | $100 $20 | $200

Here are a Few Testimonials…

MacSparky Labs consistently makes my productivity journey more creative and fun.

Fernando

Everyone says ‘I try to under promise and over deliver’ when they are providing a service.“ “Under Promise?”  Check.  “Over Deliver?” Not so much. The way David Sparks “over delivers” with MacSparky Early Access is jaw-droppingly good.  It’s just……staggering how good it is. Sign up.  Best technology spend you’ll ever make. 

Mark S.

Being a part of MacSparky Labs is like having David right by my side as I continue to refine my workflows and get the most out of my Apple devices. The membership carries across various channels and includes podcast episodes and video recordings. Each piece of content is assigned a difficulty rating. David’s instructions are always so clear, it feels as if I could tackle any of what he sends our way.

Bonni

When David Sparks announced his membership program in early January of this year, I immediately joined the highest level. I knew the quality of his work and trusted he’d produce much more. My expectations have been exceeded. I receive a constant flow of exclusive, excellent-quality material. This includes video tutorials, weekly Apple updates, “deep dive” zoom calls to cover topics in-depth, planning sessions, member “virtual meetups” with David, podcasts, newsletters, etc. 

I’ve learned new skills, enhanced my productivity systems, and gained new insights. My creativity has been sparked with new ideas to think about and write about in my blog. As a member of MacSparky labs, I’ve received more value per dollar than anything I’ve paid for in years. There’s no question that I will renew my membership for another year!

Jim

I am happy to be a MacSparky Labs supporter. David’s observations and advice are nearly always useful and often thought provoking. David still thinks like a lawyer in terms of noting issues and formulating how to address them in a supportive and productive manner and it is great to gain his insights on breaking software and methods of work.

Frederick

More than anything, I appreciate David’s attitude. He is forthright and speaks his mind about issues he cares about. The passion he has for all things Mac, iPad, iPhone, and Apple and his caring for his customers come through in all that he does. As well, he imparts a positive attitude in whatever he writes about.

Richard

Can you Tell me More About the Content?

Sure. When you sign up for the MacSparky Labs, you get access to all prior content at your membership level. Here is a list of the content you can enjoy from the past several months:

June 2023

  • 2023-06-02 – The Lab Report – 2 June 2023
  • 2023-06-01 – Some Hard Truths About My Keyboard(s) (Levels 1-3)

May 2023

  • 2023-05-31 – WWDC in the MacSparky Labs (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-05-31 – Getting the Most from Button Creator (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-05-30 – How I Use Day One (Levels 2-3)
  • 2023-05-26 – The Lab Report Podcast (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-05-25 – Deep Dive on Shortcuts-Based Setups (Level 3)
  • 2023-05-24 – Setting Up Your Hyper Key with BetterTouchTool (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-05-23 – Combining Time Tracking and Focus Modes (Levels 2-3)
  • 2023-05-22 – Sign-Up: MacSparky Labs Focus Session (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-05-22 – Sparky’s Thoughts in Advance of Apple Goggles (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-05-19 – The Lab Report Podcast (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-05-18 – Text Navigation with the Keyboard (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-05-17 – The MacSparky Labs May 2023 Meetup (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-05-16 – Peak Design Everyday iPhone Case (Levels 2-3)
  • 2023-05-15 – Deep Dive on Shortcuts-Based Setups Sign-up(Level 3)
  • 2023-05-12 – The Lab Report Podcast (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-05-11 – Apple and AI (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-05-11 – May Meetup (Levels 2-3)
  • 2023-05-10 – Siri Tricks, Part 1 (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-05-09 – TextExpander Intervention (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-05-09 – Q2 Midpoint Planning Call Sign-Up (Level 3)
  • 2023-05-08 – Is Apple About to Release a Day One Killer? (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-05-07 – The Camera Cart Completed (Levels 2-3)
  • 2023-05-05 – The Lab Report Podcast (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-05-05 – TextExpander Intervention Webinar Event (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-05-04 – Sharing Slideshows Using Memories Video (Levels 2-3)
  • 2023-05-03 – Using Stream Deck with Apple Mail (Levels 2-3)
  • 2023-05-02 – TextExpander Intervention Announcement (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-05-01 – Whither Mac Pro? (Levels 1-3)

April 2023

  • 2023-04-28 – The Perils of Shoulder Surfing (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-04-27 – The Lab Report Podcast (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-04-26 – Screencasting Deep Dive Video (Level 3)
  • 2023-04-24 – The Air vs. The Pro Newsletter (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-04-21 – Lab Report Podcast (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-04-20 – Apple Mail Rule to Auto-file Information Email (Levels 2-3)
  • 2023-04-19 – MacSparky Labs April Meetup Video (Levels 2-3)
  • 2023-04-18 – Journaling with GoodNotes (Levels 2-3)
  • 2023-04-17 – Thinking About Masterminds Newsletter (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-04-15 – Deep Dive on ScreenFlow (Level 3)
  • 2023-04-14 – The Lab Report Podcast (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-04-13 – Experimenting with Google Bard (Level 2-3)
  • 2023-04-10 – Choosing Subscription Apps Newsletter (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-04-07 – Sign-up and Newsletter concerning ScreenFlow Deep Dive (Level 3)
  • 2023-04-07 – Lab Report Podcast (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-04-06 – Sign-up for April Virtual Meetup (Levels 2-3)
  • 2023-04-05 – The New Webcam Video (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-04-04 – Sparky’s OmniFocus Stream Deck Setup (Levels 2-3)
  • 2023-04-03 – The New Yorker Problem Video and Newsletter (Levels 1-3)

March 2023

  • 2023-03-31 – Quarterly Planning Call Video Release (Level 3)
  • 2023-03-31 – Lab Report Podcast (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-03-30 – Shortcut to Send Intercom Text to the HomePod (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-03-29 – Let’s Build a Diagram: Sparky’s I/O (Levels 2-3)
  • 2023-03-28 – Quarterly Planning Call (Level 3)
  • 2023-03-27 – iOS 16.4 in 5 Minutes (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-03-24 – Lab Report Podcast (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-03-23 – Automating Reading Focus (Levels 2-3)
  • 2023-03-22 – Focus Session (Levels 2-3)
  • 2023-03-22 – 2023 Q2 Planning Session Announcement Video (Level 3)
  • 2023-03-21 – Using HazeOver (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-03-20 – The Importance of Reading Newsletter (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-03-19 – Focus Session Announcement (Levels 2-3)
  • 2023-03-19 – Sparky’s Vestaboard (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-03-17 – Lab Report Podcast (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-03-16 – March Meetup Video (Levels 2-3)
  • 2023-03-15 – Testing Whisper Transcription (Levels 2-3)
  • 2023-03-14 – OmniFocus Deep Dive Video (Level 3)
  • 2023-03-13 – On Apple’s Spring (Levels 2-3)
  • 2023-03-10 – Scripting Windows with Moom (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-03-10 – Lab Report Podcast (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-03-09 – OmniFocus Deep Dive Event (Level 3)
  • 2023-03-08 – Grammarly Automation, Improved (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-03-08 – Labs Focus Session (Levels 2-3)
  • 2023-03-07 – Shortcuts-Based Project Management Script (Levels 2-3)
  • 2023-03-07 – Labs Meetup Announcement and Invite (Levels 2-3)
  • 2023-03-07 – OmniFocus Deep Dive Announcement and Invite (Level 3)
  • 2023-03-06 – About That 15″ MacBook Air Newsletter (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-03-05 – Focus Session Announcement and Invite (Levels 2-3)
  • 2023-03-04 – Screencasting Setup Tutorial Video (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-03-03 – Lab Report Podcast (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-03-01 – Let’s Build a Shortcut: Meeting Setup (Levels 2-3)

February 2023

  • 2023-02-27 – Apple’s Research and Design Newsletter (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-02-24 – Lab Report Podcast (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-02-23 – Focus Session (Levels 2-3)
  • 2023-02-21 – Using Craft for Team and Document Management (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-02-21 – Release Virtual Meetup Video (Levels 2-3)
  • 2023-02-20 – How to Think About Apple’s AR/VR Glasses (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-02-18 – Q1 Planning Mid-Quarter Call Video and Podcast Release (Level 3)
  • 2023-02-17 – February Meetup Event (Levels 2-3)
  • 2023-02-17 – Focused Work Newsletter and Signup (Levels 2-3)
  • 2023-02-17 – Lab Report Podcast (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-02-16 – Using BetterTouchTool with your Stream Deck (Levels 2-3)
  • 2023-02-15 – Mid-Year Planning Check-in Event (Level 3)
  • 2023-02-14 – Initial Impressions on ReplyCube Mail Plugin (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-02-13 – The Monday Brief (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-02-10 – Using AppleScript to Set Apple Music Volume (Levels 2-3)
  • 2023-02-10 – Lab Report Podcast (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-02-09 – 2023 Q1 Planning Check-In Announcement (Level 3)
  • 2023-02-08 – February Labs Meetup Announcement (Levels 2-3)
  • 2023-02-08 – February Deep Dive on Meditation Video (Level 3)
  • 2023-02-06 – Focused Work Session (Levels 2-3)
  • 2023-02-06 – Monday Brief (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-02-03 – The Lab Report Podcast (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-02-02 – Creating an AppleScript: Timing Entries (Levels 2-3)
  • 2023-02-01 – Deep Dive on Meditation Announcement Video (Level 3)

January 2023

  • 2023-01-31 – OmniFocus Checklists (Levels 2-3)
  • 2023-01-30 – The Monday Brief (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-01-29 – Desktop and Dock Settings (Levels 2-3)
  • 2023-01-27 – The Lab Report Podcast (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-01-27 – Setting Up iCloud Photo Library (Levels 2-3)
  • 2023-01-25 – Focus Session (Levels 2-3)
  • 2023-01-24 – False Urgency Webinar Video (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-01-23 – The Monday Brief – On Upgrading Your Mac (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-01-21 – Video Discussion on Replacing Intel 5K iMac with Apple Silicon (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-01-20 – The Lab Report Podcast (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-01-19 – The January Meetup Video (Levels 2-3)
  • 2023-01-18 – Automating Calendar Views (Levels 2-3)
  • 2023-01-17 – False Urgency Webinar (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-01-16 – Focus Session Announcement (Levels 2-3)
  • 2023-01-16 – The Monday Brief (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-01-13 – Lab Report Podcast (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-01-12 – False Urgency Webinar Next Week (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-01-12 – Lab Meetup (Level 2-3)
  • 2023-01-11 – Mac Launcher Deep Dive Video (Level 3)
  • 2023-01-09 – The Monday Brief (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-01-06 – The Lab Report (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-01-06 – Mac Launcher Deep Dive Webinar (Level 3)
  • 2023-01-05 – Finding Love for Safari Tab Groups (Levels 2-3)
  • 2023-01-04 – Learning to Love Safari Tabs (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-01-04 – Digital + Analog Tasks (Levels 2-3)
  • 2023-01-02 – The Monday Brief Newsletter (Levels 1-3)
  • 2023-01-01 – 2023 Q1 Planning Video (Level 3)

There’s a lot more…

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