start 7.0

start 7.0

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 7.0

  • New: Start now offers a DropStack for files and folders. Simply drag files and folders with the mouse into the upper free area. As soon as there are entries in the DropStack, they will be passed to the next launched application. Tip: Pin the main window so that it does not close when Start loses focus. Now you can easily fill the DropStack with different entries.
  • New: In addition to searching with Spotlight, Start also searches the search areas specified in the configuration at the file level during a manual refresh.
  • New: The main window can now be displayed not only as a menu and in the center of the screen. Instead, 9 different positions can now be selected individually.
  • New: The size of the entries can now be displayed flexibly instead of just in two sizes.
  • New: The size of the sidebar entries can optionally be changed independently of the settings in macOS.
  • New: The entries in the main menu now additionally support swipe gestures - a swipe to the left removes an entry, swipe to the right adds an entry to the favorites.
  • New: Comments switch to the path display after a short time when the mouse is over them.
  • New: Entries can be added to favorites by drag'n'drop.
  • New: [Shift]+[Return] displays an entry in the Finder instead of launching it.
  • New: Start can now show a defined category or the last used view when the main window is displayed.
  • General: Numerous optical adjustments.
  • Bugfix: Enter on numeric keypad also launches entries.
  • Bugfix: Showing and hiding categories did not work as expected.
  • Bugfix: If the main window was closed and the search field was used before, the search results were still shown when the main window was opened again.
  • Bugfix: Minor bugfixes when comparing localized texts.

Important: Start now requires macOS 11 as minimum version.


  • Title: start 7.0
  • Developer: Gerald Koeder
  • Compatibility: macOS 11.0 or later
  • Language: English, German
  • Includes: K'ed by HCiSO
  • Size: 14.25 MB
  • View in Mac App Store



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