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 2.15, zenity and wmctrl installed on their system.



Download

StarTools is a 64-bit optimized application for multi-core processors, with at least 6GB of memory available. For larger datasets 16GB to 32GB may be required. Fast SSD access will greatly benefit the application. Always check for oversampling and Bin down your dataset to a lower resolution where possible. Legacy 32-bit machines and operating systems are also still supported.

The single ZIP archive contains the executables for Windows, macOS and Linux. StarTools is a pure native application and does not rely on other frameworks.

Never download StarTools from anywhere else but startools.org. We do not allow distribution of StarTools by any other party, on-line or off-line. If you find a copy of StarTools not hosted on startools.org, please let us know.


macOS notes

Some macOS (e.g. Sierra and above) users may need to run;

xattr -dr com.apple.quarantine StarTools.app

to un-quarantine StarTools.

This command needs to be run from the folder where the StarTools application is located (you can use the 'cd' command to navigate to the right folder, while using the TAB key to auto-complete the path).

Alternatively StarTools can be launched via control + click on the application, Show Package Contents, navigating to Contents/MacOS and clicking on the application.

Apple has been making it increasingly difficult for independent developers to distribute applications. As of Sierra you will need to follow the following steps to run StarTools.


Download beta version

Beta versions are development versions that contain enhanced functionality and features, but are still subject to small fixes and tweaks, and may or may not be stable yet.

StarTools 1.6.386 beta for Windows 32-bit, Windows 64-bit, Windows 64-bit with AVX 2.0, MacOSX 64-bit, Linux 32-bit, Linux 64-bit, Linux 64-bit AVX 2.0 (6.7MB)

Latest version released 2019-12-17 (YYYY/MM/DD)


Download stable

StarTools 1.5.369 Maintenance Release 3, for Windows 32-bit, Windows 64-bit, MacOSX 64-bit, Linux 32-bit and Linux 64-bit (3.8MB)

Latest version released 2019-10-31 (YYYY/MM/DD)


Download Android Tech Demo

StarTools 1.3.204 for Android 1.6+ Technology Demo (1.5 MB)

NOTE: Put any file you want to load in /sdcard root and name it 'file.tiff'


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.


German manual / Deutsche Anleitung

StarTools 1.6 Anleitung in Deutsch (86MB).

Vielen Dank an J. Scharmann für die ausgezeichnete Übersetzung.


Technical FAQ

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