A usable and responsive visual bookmarking app, but is it too simple?
$6.99 (about £4) Manufacturer d3i Ltd, getstache.com
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.