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!

## Features ##

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!

## Requirements ##
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 4.3

For Start v4.3 we mainly worked on the performance. But also some optical improvements have been included in the update: The main window got a more modern look and the icons are now displayed in their native resolution of 48 pixels. Since this might look a bit opulent on small screens, you can now choose between two size settings in the configuration.

New functions

- The size of the entries in the main window can now be selected between "Normal" and "Small"
- Visual adjustments to the main window.
- A new category was added: Active Applications (Shows all currently open applications and switches between them).


- When the window was detached from the menu bar, not all resources were released afterwards.
- Performance optimizations.

Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings


AMAZING. Wowwww, how is this not built-in to the OS???

It definitely **does** work as advertised despite what user tkukoc said. He/she probably didn't bother to takee the time to read the manual or desciption very well.

Nonetheless, this app is amazing. Soem quirks here and there, but overrall it is an amazing time saver to be able to tg your apps the way you want and sort them (within the app, of course). Excited for what the future has in store for this app for sure.

PLEASE MAKE A MOBILE APP THAT CAN DO THE SAME THING!!! Drives me nuts that there isn't a better way to organize apps on iphone / ipad. This seems like it could definitely be the answer.

Developer Response ,

thank you very much for your great feedback!

Scruffy_Dog ,

A "must have" launcher utility

I tried the trial version for about an hour and decided to go ahead and purchase it. I've been using CustomMenu for a few years, and while it's been adequate, it didn't provide nested categories.

Start is so simple and easy to use. When you first launch it, you are shown a list of all the apps in your Applications folder. You can then select one or several apps and give them a tag, which puts them into a common category. If you have a lot of photo apps, you can create the top-level category of "Photo" then secondary categories such as "Utility", "Browser", "Editor", "F/X", and so on. Each of these sub-categories can have their own sub-categories as well by creating a tag like "Photo|Utility|Resizer". Apps can be assigned multiple categories as well.

In use, clicking on the menubar icon drops down a list of categories that you can click and select from the popout list.

Another terrific feature is the ability to drag a folder or file into the Config window, then assign it a tag. This is great for those who have a folder of projects created using Sparkle (a web site creator). You just drag this over, then name it "Web|Sparkle Projects". Sparkle and Coda and other web tools are in the top level category "Web". That way I can easily open the project folder when I'm working in Sparkle (or other application).

If you forgot the name of that rarely used single-use utility that changes the EXIF data on your images, assign it to a category in "Photos" and when you need it, just go there and click on it.

This app is highly recommended.

tkukoc ,

Does Not Work

No matter what you do the folders only display as an icon and do not display what is inside the folders. Furthermore to even make the menus it is extremely complex for what the purpose is suppose to be. You want a quick access menu but must spend hours to set it all up when it should be a 1 click shop to do so. Not worth the $8.99 asking price at all.

Developer Response ,

The behavior described by you when displaying directories is correct: Start is a launcher and manages shortcuts to your directories, files and programs (... and URL's with the next update :-) ). Shortcuts to directories can then be easily assigned to tags and quickly opened in the Finder or any other application by simply using a hotkey. 
Please send me a mail if you have any further questions about using the program.


Gerald Koeder
16 MB

macOS 10.13 or later, 64-bit processor


English, German

Age Rating


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    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.