Version History

start v3.3

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 URL-Dialog was broken
  • In the context menu in the main window any entries could be hidden. This should only be limited to applications as they are automatically added by Spotlight. This has now been fixed. Self added entries can be removed in the configuration.

start v3.2 - URLs and other Optimizations

Besides applications, files and folders you can now also manage URLs with start!

New functions

  • New Icons for the sidebar
  • URLs (websites) can be added/managed!
  • Export and Import of the settings revised. Now the complete configuration is saved
  • User manual newly created and integrated
  • Welcomescreen updated
  • Infodialog updated
  • New What's-New-Dialog
  • Search: The search in the main window now optionally also searches comments
  • Search: You no longer need to switch to the search field to search for entries. Just type in the main window and the search is activated automatically.

Bug fixes

  • Volumes are no longer recognized as files but as directories
  • Numerous smaller internal bug fixes
  • The context menu of the menu bar item was not always visible during multi-monitor work.
  • The split view between tags/categories and the respective entries can now be permanently adjusted

start v3.1 - Ready for macOS 10.15 Catalina

  • The evaluation of keyboard shortcuts has been completely revised and is now compatible with the security settings of macOS 10.15.
  • macOS 10.15 changed the default paths of applications. This is now taken into account.
  • In addition to the default paths you can now add additional search paths in the settings (please make sure that these are also included in Spotlight).
  • When you open the application for the first time, some standard tags will be created to help you get started with the configuration.

start v3.0

  • Numerous internal speed optimizations and bugfixes (more than 30% of the code has been rewritten or reworked)
  • Better adaptation to multi-screen operation
  • Drag'n'drop files and directories into Start to open them with the selected application
  • Complete revision of the configuration
  • Redesign of the main window - the individual entries are now a bit larger to make drag'n'drop easier
  • Select an alternative browser to open folders
  • Tags drop down menu is now based on substrings, so tags can be found more easily
  • Unused/empty tags are removed at the end of the program

start v2.2

  • 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 Swift 5

start v2.1 - Shortcuts for everyone

  • new: Items can now also be assigned to keyboard shortcuts. Simply open your applications, files and folders with a key combination!
  • fixes: Various code optimizations and adjustments to the GUI

start v2.0 - The macOS 10.14 Mojave Update

  • new: Start now supports darkmode of macOS 10.14 Mojave. Depending on the preferences configured in the system, Start is launched in light or dark mode. Due to this change the existing themes have been removed.
  • new: Support of different tag symbols
  • bugfix: Bug fix for sandbox functions (applications outside the application directory repeatedly asked for access)
  • The help file previously included in the program has been removed. Instead the manual on the website is called.
  • Revision of the program code to the latest version of Xcode 10 and Swift 4.2
  • Due to the support of macOS 10.14 the support of macOS 10.12 has been removed. Start is now optimized for macOS 10.13 and 10.14.
  • Fixed ambiguities with some labels. Previously, there was sometimes talk of categories and elsewhere of tags - this was standardized to tags.
  • Various code and GUI optimizations

start v1.3

  • 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: Aliases are now recognized identically, no matter if they are added by drag'n'drop or button
  • Various code optimizations

start v1.2

  • Fixed a small issue when displaying the color assignments.
  • The comment field is now limited to 70 characters.
  • Optimization in relation to the sandbox
  • Added dialog for importing files and directories in the configuration

start v1.1

  • Welcomedialog at the first launch
  • Adding comments to entries
  • Revised configuration dialog
  • Show all or only active entries in the configuration
  • Internal code optimizations

start v1.0

  • Initial Release

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