start 6.0.1

start 6.0.1

innovative::bytes start is an unique launcher for macOS that allows you to open applications, documents, URLs or folders quickly and easily. Create tidiness in your Dock and start items with the smart launcher app start instead.

start supports you and your workflow with a well planned organizational system for your items and a quick access to what you need.

It's incredibly easy to use: start automatically collects all applications available with Spotlight. Further You also can add files and folders manually according to your wishes.

Start your Applications with a simple mouse click or even faster and more convenient: with a hotkey! Also use tags, colors and notes to keep track of your Applications. Enjoy the simple operation and the comfortable features of start!

Tag it and love it! Use tags to create collections for your applications, frequently used folders, scripts or any other file. It has never been so easy to organize and sort items on macOS. Save a lot of time - searching was yesterday!

Comments and notes! Add comments and small notes to your items to describe them in more detail. The comments will remind you what the items can do for you. Small notes with big effect - so you always keep track!

Highlight your items as you like! With just a few clicks you can highlight your items with colors and find them even faster. Choose colors for more clarity and organization - effective and visually appealing!

Start with a simple keystroke! Assign a key combination to your individual items and open them immediately from anywhere with a customizable keyboard shortcut. Your workflow is no longer disturbed - you'll love the hotkeys!

start was developed for macOS 10.13 (and newer) and uses Spotlight internally to search for applications. For start to work, Spotlight must be enabled and also capture applications (this is the normal setting of macOS)

What's New:

Version 6.0

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 main window can be adjusted.
  • The intensity of the background color of individual entries in the main window can be adjusted.
  • The right part of the main window can now optionally be made transparent.
  • The first 9 entries can be launched directly by the keyboard shortcut Command + 1-9. A few tips: If you show the active applications with a keyboard shortcut, you can now quickly switch between the first 9 applications using Command 1-9 without manually selecting the respective entry. Also, this feature is useful when searching through the input field - once the desired entry is among the first 9 entries, it can be quickly launched without a manual selection or mouse click.

Bug fixes and other adjustments

  • The internal processing of security access to files and folders outside the sandbox has been completely revised and optimized.
  • Thumbnails are now generated in parallel to increase the overall speed of the application.
  • In rare cases, querying/updating Spotlight results could cause Start to crash.
  • In rare cases, individual entries from Spotlight could be entered twice.
  • A diagnostic file can now be created in the advanced settings. This file contains all relevant data from Start in a single text file.
  • Removed time delays when launching multiple entries at the same time.
  • The color assignment of an entry is now also visible when the line is currently selected.
  • An error when scrolling the entries in the main window has been fixed.
  • Adjustments and corrections to the French translation.


  • Title: start 6.0.1
  • Developer: Gerald Koeder
  • Compatibility: macOS 10.15 or later
  • Language: English, German
  • Includes: K'ed by HCiSO
  • Size: 14.22 MB
  • View in Mac App Store



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