A us­able and re­spon­sive vis­ual book­mark­ing app, but is it too sim­ple?

Mac Format - - RATED | MAC APPS -

$6.99 (about £4) Man­u­fac­turer d3i Ltd, get­

OS OS X 10.9 or later Re­quires 64-bit Mac, web con­nec­tion Hav­ing long been fans of de­vel­oper d3i Ltd’s iPhone diary app Mo­mento, we had high hopes for Stache, a Mac app for col­lect­ing and re­dis­cov­er­ing in­spir­ing and use­ful web pages. Adding web pages can ei­ther be done in the app it­self us­ing a friendly ‘+’ but­ton, or by us­ing a Sa­fari ex­ten­sion. Each page in your collection is shown as a large thumb­nail, with its ti­tle and URL clearly dis­played un­der­neath.

An in­spec­tor lets you add a de­scrip­tion and tags to any selected item, and a fast search re­turns re­sults based on these ad­di­tions, along with the con­tent of the ac­tual web pages.

In still grabs, Stache looks good, but in use, one thing is clear: there’s no way of or­gan­is­ing your collection. The de­vel­oper told MacFor­mat that fold­ers and col­lec­tions and tag man­age­ment are im­mi­nent – but even for a 1.0, not be­ing able to or­gan­ise your collection is a big omis­sion, forc­ing you to search or scroll. Be­ing able to re­size the thumb­nails would also be use­ful.

De­spite its speed, we started to get a sense Stache was like an overly stripped-down ana­logue of Ember, but with­out an­no­ta­tions, gran­u­lar sort­ing and rat­ings (and, to be fair, much of the price-tag). For­tu­nately, though, some of the rather more ‘hid­den’ as­pects of Stache show­case much stronger foun­da­tions. Quick Look any item and you dis­cover Stache saves a web ar­chive and full­size screen grab, and these can be ex­ported. You can also spit out a collection of book­marks to use else­where, and sync your collection with a work­man­like iOS Stache client. As­sum­ing sort­ing and or­gan­i­sa­tion hap­pens, Stache could be­come a great vis­ual book­mark­ing sys­tem for the Mac. Right now, it’s merely good. Craig Gran­nell

Stache saves en­tire full-length web pages, both in web ar­chive and JPG for­mats.

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