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New features

The settings have been revised and now offer a dedicated "Appearance" section with more options to customize Start to your own preferences:

  • The width of the main window can be adjusted.
  • The height of the ...
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New features

More colors

Self-defined colors can now be used in addition to the predefined colors for tags and entries. Make your colors even more flexible than before!


More tag icons

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For Start 5.7 and 5.7.1, numerous code optimizations and internal adjustments were made. The primary focus was on stability and bug fixes.

Bug fixes and other adjustments

  • In light mode, the search text for entries in the main window was not always underlined in the correct color.
  • The recording of recently used applications ...
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New features

  • In Start it has always been very easy to call various URLs. Especially the use of URL schemes are a powerful, but sometimes hard to remember tool. For this reason you can now save URL templates in Start's preferences and simply paste them into the URL dialog. Using similar URLs in Start is now much easier.
  • The ...
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With start v5.5, mainly internal processes have been optimized and minor bugs have been fixed.

Bug fixes and other adjustments

  • During the internal processing of URL's which contain a placeholder a small error had crept in.
  • Newly created tags for manually added applications were not correctly evaluated and displayed.
  • The ...
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New features

  • Support for shortcuts from the shortcuts-app. You can use the "Import shortcuts from shortcuts app" menu item to automatically import existing shortcuts into start. Imported shortcuts are then in the new category "Shortcuts" and can be tagged, colored, hotkeys, etc. afterwards.
  • The behavior ...
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This version is a small update to optimize Start for the new macOS Monterey.

Bug fixes

  • Adjustments for macOS 12.
  • The hotkey display is now center-aligned.
  • In rare cases, the change of a file path was not recognized correctly.
  • When the main window is displayed in the center of the screen, it is correctly ...
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New functions

  • You can now drag'n'drop files and directories onto the menu bar icon or the top of the main window and then pass them to an application.
  • URLs from Safari can now be added using drag'n'drop.
  • Files and directories can now be added directly to a tag using drag'n'drop from the Finder.
  • The current ...
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With start v5.1 mainly internal processes have been optimized and minor bugs have been fixed. Since start normally runs constantly in the background, memory consumption is very important. For this reason, special effort was put into optimizing memory consumption in this update. Start was already very modest in terms of the system resources used, ...

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New functions

  • You can now optionally switch tags and categories without a mouse click while the mouse is over them.
  • The use of hotkeys has been extended. You can now assign hotkeys to single tags. In fact, you can assign two hotkeys to a tag. The first hotkey opens the main window and then switches to the corresponding tag. ...
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New functions

  • Enhancement of the drag'n'drop functionality in the main window: Individual entries can now simply be dragged onto an existing tag so that the tag is assigned to these entries.
  • The configuration dialog has been revised and divided into three areas. Besides a better structure, there is now space for future options.
  • In ...
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A few days ago Apple released Big Sur. During the beta of Big Sur we already looked if and where there might be problems with Start. First the good news: apart from the strange fact that the menu icon is not visible in the main window (but still works) no problems have arisen and Start also runs under Big Sur.

You might ask yourself: "ok, ...

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The next major update of Start is nearing completion! Start v4 will contain many new and great features. Here is a little preview:

  • The context menu of the main window has been visually and functionally revised. You can now use the context menu to display the currently selected entry in the Finder, customize URLs on the fly and remove ...
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More URL-Schemes

start 3.2 added basic URL support. With the new version 3.3 you can now use any URL scheme besides HTTP and HTTPS URLs.

New functions

  • Besides http and https URLs, any URL scheme is now supported.

Bug fixes

  • Using tab to switch between textfields in the ...

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  • Context menu for quick customization of entries directly in the main window.

  • Display of currently opened programs by a small dot next to the program entry.

  • Easy and fast use of favorites: entries can be quickly added to favorites via a star button.

  • Sourcecode optimized and migrated to ...

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  • new: The category fields in the configuration now also support copy&paste via hotkey (cmd + xcv)

  • new: The search function in the configuration has been revised. Now it is possible to search for comments.

  • new: Entries can now optionally be started with a simple mouse click

  • bugfix: ...