Why is the ZIP file so incredibly small? Do I have to install Java or .NET?

StarTools is a completely native, self-contained application that does not require any further installation of helper libraries or run-time frameworks.

Everything in StarTools was written from the ground-up and has been hand-optimised, from the image processing algorithms to the UI library, from the file importing to the font renderers, for the multi-platform framework to the decompression routines. Why? Because we feel it is important to be master of our own destiny (and make you master of your own destiny by extension) and fundamentally understand each and every ingredient that goes into the mix.

Fundamentally understanding the different algorithms, optimisation techniques and data structures gives us the ability to push the boundaries and create truly novel techniques and algorithm implementations.

Please note that Linux users, will still need X11, GLIB 2.29, zenity and wmctrl installed on their system.



Download

One ZIP archive contains Windows, macOS and Linux versions of StarTools. Do not download StarTools from anywhere else but startools.org. We do not allow distribution of StarTools by any other party, on-line or off-line.

Please consult the FAQ section about configuring your system properly.


macOS notes

Users may have to "unquarantine" StarTools, before the OS allows it to run. Alternatively StarTools can be launched via control + clicking (right clicking) on the application, Show Package Contents, navigating to Contents/MacOS and clicking on the application.

The following command unquarantines StarTools;

xattr -dr com.apple.quarantine StarTools.app

See the screenshots for more information, or download this detailed guide.


Download stable

StarTools 1.8.527 Maintenance Release 2 for Windows, macOS (Universal Binary with native M1 support), and Linux

Latest version released 2022-02-24 (YYYY/MM/DD), size 6.8MB


Unofficial English manual

Unofficial English StarTools 1.8 Manual (164MB), last updated 2022-01-05, improved with extra tips, tricks and information from various sources.

Many thanks to J. Scharmann for putting together this excellent work, as well as its German translation.


Unofficial German manual / Inoffizielle Deutsche Anleitung

Inoffizielle StarTools 1.8 Anleitung in Deutsch (164MB), letztes Update 2022-01-05.

Vielen Dank an J. Scharmann für die ausgezeichnete Übersetzung.


Unoffical Spanish manual / Manual en Espanol

Manual de StarToolsBasado en la versión 1.8 al español (19MB). Ultima actualizacion 2022-03-09.

Muchas gracias a C. R. Guixé por la excelente traducción.


English manual

StarTools uses AIFE.AI for content management and digital footprint. This means that the website content doubles as a printable manual and vice-versa. This content is also available as a smartphone/tablet app, virtual flipbook, virtual reality (VR) experience and more. This content will always be up-to-date with the latest information.


Technical FAQ

These are some questions that get asked frequently.