Date Added:Oct. 31, 2001
Price:Free to try (50-day trial); $25.00 to buy
Downloads Last Week:2
Product ranking:#4 in Bookmark Managers
Small, easy to use and FAST
Hasn't been updated in 12 years, iffy on Windows Vista and newer, doesn't support modern browsers. Developer support is non-existent.
For a decade or more, Compass was my go-to program for bookmark management in Windows. The only program I've found that comes close is Bookmacster which only runs on Macs.
If you're still running XP, it is still worth using Compass. But if you haven't yet bought Compass, don't bother. Spend your $25 on something that is supported.
I got my $25 worth of use out of Compass, it's time to find a replacement.
Terrible I hate it!
Does not work and I still have 30K bookmarks to find dupes of and eliminate!
I want something that finds duplicate bookmarks and then gets rid of them for me. This does nothing!
Reply by mauriceg14 on August 4, 2010
Link Commander and URL Base 6 will do it.
2 years ago, this was a good bookmark manager. Now....
It doesn't make me happy :(
does what you expect but there are bugs.
Pros - I can only think of pros in prior versions; the latest one seriously hosed me when it lost oh, five hundred or so of my bookmarks, just because... Luckily I had most of them on a floppy...lol (back in the olden days)
The author is clearly out of the loop - no effort to keep this application viable. If you use it, keep in mind it WILL lose some or all of your bookmarks. The $25 is still valid though.
There is no way he should be charging $25 for this program. Take my word for it - stay away at all costs. If he has no desire to maintain this once-powerful tool, or even not answer emails about it, then he should take down the latest version, or turn it over to open source and let someone fix it for today's use. Use at your own risk. Back up your bookmarks before you try it out, if you must. But, it is seriously a lame, dangerous and hard to work with application whose parade has long since passed.
Easy to use, great interface
No updates in years, doesn't work with Mozilla well.
I loved this program... Have used it for many years, but they failed to keep up to date. There is no true Firefox support, have to fake it to use Firefox instead of the built in defaults. Needs to be updated, but I'm looking to switch to something else now.
Seven years ago, this was an excellent bookmark manager. But the developer has not kept the product up to date and it has serious flaws.
I have thousands of bookmarks in hundreds of folders. I periodically make backups of the database. Nevertheless, I discovered that about 4 months ago, hundreds of my bookmarks were moved from within my folders to the very end of the folder list - which I had no reason to notice without scrolling to the bottom of the folder list. What a conundrum: lose four months of data, or try to recover the current bookmark file.
I contacted the developer, Daniel Liu, daily for four days. No response.
Based upon ratings, downloads, features, and release frequency, I have selected the following as the top bookmark managers:
I am currently evaluating Link Commander and URLBase and will ultimately go with one of these products.
Reply by eatdrumz on March 22, 2009
You may want to try Linkstash as an alternative. I went from Compass to Linkstash. Very similar, and extremely efficient program.
Thank you for a great review.
Reply by horustwohawks on May 13, 2008
Compass was the best, but I haven't found a worthy replacement (its old). I looked around here and did not like the offerings. Certainly did not find what you suggested. I am checking out some of your recommendations. I am grateful for your post - thank you. This helps a lot.
Nothing beats direct "searching as I type"
my 6700 links and notes in 570 folders and
getting the info >immediatly<.
Personally I don't need an update and
stability only was an issue when i had
10000+ links and way too many notes
(export took care of that).
Check it out and click around, there's
more than first hits the eyes.
Reply by karlraade on August 9, 2006
I highly recommend backing up your bookmark database (often!) if you manage it with Compass. I still come back to it since i have found nothing else that manages so well, but eventually it will corrupt the file. Just replace your bookmarks with the backup and you're ready to go for a few more runs. The odds of corruption increase with the more links you manage; around 2000 to 3000 seems to be the cusp where things usually get screwy.
It's such a pity, since it's potentially a very powerful tool that's so close to being very useful. Plus he announced he would update Compass, then apparently just quit caring.
Compass was an excellent bookmark manager, but it hasn't been updated since 2001. I finally gave up and replaced it with URLBase.
Concept and design are very good, but the implementation is poor. Buggy and inconsistent performance under Windows XP. I purchased the product, and have been using it for about 18 months, hoping there would be an upgrade that would resolve its problems. I've given up, and will switch to a different bookmark application.
This product worked well back in the dark ages.
Will not work with Netscape beyond
V4.7.9. Really needs updating very badly. Author does not care.
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|Publisher web site||http://www.softgauge.com/|
|Release Date||September 25, 2001|
|Date Added||October 31, 2001|
|Operating Systems||Windows 95/98/NT/2000|
|Additional Requirements||Windows 95/98/NT/2000|
|Downloads Last Week||2|
|License Model||Free to try|