Compass

Average User Rating:
2.8
out of 27 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.83
  • Total Downloads:
    86,748
  • Date Added:
    October 31, 2001
  • File Size:
    740.82KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    50
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 95/98/NT/2000

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  • Current Version

    2.8

    out of 27 votes

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5 stars

"Once the King, sadly abandoned"

January 20, 2013  |  By lvwolfman--2008

 |  Version: Compass 2.83

Pros

Small, easy to use and FAST

Cons

Hasn't been updated in 12 years, iffy on Windows Vista and newer, doesn't support modern browsers. Developer support is non-existent.

Summary

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.

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1 stars

"Didn't do anything- just crashed!"

February 19, 2010  |  By keimanzero

 |  Version: Compass 2.83

Pros

Terrible I hate it!

Cons

Does not work and I still have 30K bookmarks to find dupes of and eliminate!

Summary

I want something that finds duplicate bookmarks and then gets rid of them for me. This does nothing!

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3 stars

"I have to vote a 3 Thumbs for this software."

January 26, 2010  |  By whocares333

 |  Version: Compass 2.83

Pros

2 years ago, this was a good bookmark manager. Now....

Cons

It doesn't make me happy :(

Summary

does what you expect but there are bugs.

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1 stars

"Still Charging $25 For This One Trick Pony?"

October 12, 2009  |  By Nick_Ohio

 |  Version: Compass 2.83

Pros

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)

Cons

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.

Summary

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.

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3 stars

"Was the best -- no updates"

December 10, 2008  |  By djadis

 |  Version: Compass 2.83

Pros

Easy to use, great interface

Cons

No updates in years, doesn't work with Mozilla well.

Summary

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.

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1 stars

"After 7 years, corrupted database, no developer response - avoid at all costs!"

March 10, 2008  |  By Fredo33

 |  Version: Compass 2.83

Pros

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.

Cons

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.

With the help of my favorite editor (Vim), I was able to edit the latest bookmark file, remove all unique Compass html tags. I found that many entries not only included meta descriptions, but also javascript embedded in the website header section!! Indeed, some entries included portions of the website html body!. It took hours and hours to clean up the corrupted file. Never again!

Based upon ratings, downloads, features, and release frequency, I have selected the following as the top bookmark managers:

Link Commander

URLBase

Bookmark Buddy

InBookmarks

I am currently evaluating Link Commander and URLBase and will ultimately go with one of these products.

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5 stars

"Still the best"

August 05, 2005  |  By stu2421

 |  Version: Compass 2.83

Pros

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.

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1 stars

"Good product; last updated in 2001"

May 27, 2004

 |  Version: Compass 2.83

Summary

Compass was an excellent bookmark manager, but it hasn't been updated since 2001. I finally gave up and replaced it with URLBase.

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1 stars

"Good concept, but unstable and inconsistent performance."

March 25, 2004

 |  Version: Compass 2.83

Summary

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.

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1 stars

"Needs updating."

January 05, 2003

 |  Version: Compass 2.83

Summary

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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General
Publisher Softgauge.com
Publisher web site http://www.softgauge.com/
Release Date September 25, 2001
Date Added October 31, 2001
Version 2.83
Category
Category Internet Software
Subcategory Bookmark Managers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows, Windows NT
Additional Requirements Windows 95/98/NT/2000
Download Information
File Size 740.82KB
File Name compass.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 86,748
Downloads Last Week 50
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License Model Free to try
Limitations 50-day trial
Price $25

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