Bookmark Technical Questions

Bookmark is not only easy for library staff and students to use it is also simple and straight-forward to set up.

Which versions of Windows can be used?
Windows 7, Windows 8 and 8.1, Windows 10 and Windows Server 2008 or later. Bookmark is a 32-bit system so will work on either 32 or 64-bit versions of Windows. Bookmark will also work on laptops and Windows tablets. The minimum vertical screen resolution is 768 pixels so Bookmark will work on many laptops and average monitors as well. A higher vertical resolution is perferred.

How much memory (RAM) is required?
2Gb 32-bit. 4Gb minimum for 64-bit systems. More memory is always better.

How much hard disk drive space is required?
A minimum of 5Gb is needed.

Can Bookmark work on Macintosh?
Bookmark can be used on Macintosh via a Windows emulator such as VMWare Fusion.

Can Bookmark work on iPads and/or Android devices?
Bookmark's Webopac and CPAC search modules are browser-based and therefore can work on any unit capable of Internet connectivity with a browser. This includes iPads and Android phones and tablets. The main program for cataloguing and circulation, however, requires a Windows device or emulator.

What database engine needs to be set up?
Bookmark uses the SQLite database which is completely embedded within the software. Setting up a complex database system is not required. Bookmark is not designed to use other database systems.

How is Bookmark installed?
Installation consists of running a single setup program. Everything is installed to the Bookmark folder on the designated destination drive.

How is Bookmark networked?
Once installed on the host, the Bookmark folder is shared. Workstations access Bookmark through desktop icons. A mapped drive letter is preferred but a UNC address can be used as well. No software is installed on any computer other than the host. The Webopac and CPAC search modules are connected via a URL.

Is Bookmark cloud based?
Bookmark is locally based, but the CPAC search module is cloud-based. It allows searching the catalogue using any device anywhere, even outside the school.

What webserver does the Webopac search module require?
Bookmark's Webopac module can use its own custom webserver or it can use IIS. Bookmark's webserver can co-exist on the same host as another webserver byuse of a different port, which can be assigned. The webserver is designed to work in the background and can be minimized or set into the system tray. The webserver is set up by simply creating an icon and launching it then leaving it running on the host. It can be put into the Startup folder. It is not a service. Windows own IIS can be used, which is a service.

What type of backup system is required?
Bookmark contains its own built-in backup system. This should be used by library staff even if another backup system is available. Backups are compressed files of the Bookmark database and support files. Backups can be sent to any external destination including another computer or cloud-synched folder.

Does Bookmark require Internet access?
Internet access is very strongly recommended. Bookmark can be used without the Internet but some functions may not work. Other functions, such as easy updating and access to documentation, may not be possible.

We use another library system but would like to change to Bookmark. Can the data be transferred?
Hundreds of data migrations from other systems to Bookmark have been made. These systems include eLibrary, vLibrary, Oliver 3, Oliver 5, Alice, Informatif, Amlib, Destiny, Horizon, Bibliotech and many others. All cataloguing, borrower and, where possible, loan data and loan histories are converted.