The missing start menu for macOS
If the launchpad of macOS is too bulky and confusing for you, start is the right choice. start is a start menu for macOS and allows you to quickly find and structure your programs.
## Structuring Apps into Categories ##
With start you can categorize applications. So you don't have to search for the right application.
## Several categories per app ##
An application can be easily assigned to multiple categories.
## Group apps, directories and files into categories ##
You can also assign directories and files to a category. For example, if you are currently working on a project, you can simply assign a category to the necessary folders, files and programs - by selecting the category you will have access to it later on.
## Requirements ##
start was developed for macOS 10.12 (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)
- new: The category fields in the configuration now also support copy&paste via hotkey (cmd + xcv)
- new: The search function in the configuration has been revised. Now it is possible to search for comments.
- new: Entries can now optionally be started with a single mouse click
- bugfix: Aliases are now recognized identically, no matter if they are added by drag'n'drop or button
- Various code optimizations
Ratings and Reviews
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.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.