StarTools is a 64-bit optimized application designed for fast 64-bit multi-core environments, with at least 4Gb of memory available for larger images. If your machine does not meet these requirements, or you intend to process large images, then please run the 32-bit legacy executable and/or use the Bin module to reduce your image resolution.
The single ZIP archive contains the executables for Windows 32-bit, Windows 64-bit, MacOSX, Linux 32-bit and Linux 64-bit. StarTools is a self-contained pure native application and does not rely on the installation of any further 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.
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 have to follow the following steps to run StarTools.
StarTools 1.4.337 beta for Windows 32-bit, Windows 64-bit, MacOSX 64-bit, Linux 32-bit and Linux 64-bit (2.9MB)
Latest version released on 24/09/2018 (DD/MM/YYYY)
StarTools 184.108.40.2069 Release for Windows 32-bit, Windows 64-bit, MacOSX 32-bit, Linux 32-bit and Linux 64-bit (2.9MB)
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'
StarTools uses 1stbase.ai for content management, which 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 and more.
These are some questions that get asked frequently.
StarTools is display-device agnostic, but can be configured to display its GUI at a 4x higher resolution to accommodate high-DPI devices and 4K displays.
To enable this mode, create an empty file called 'highdpi' (NOTE: without extension or file type) in the StarTools folder where the executable is launched from.
Some less reputable virus scanners such as BitDefender falsely report StarTools as a Trojan (due to malware that carries a similar name). Despite multiple users going through the lengths of getting StarTools white listed, the same problem pops up every 6 months or so.
Please see this post in the forums for more information.
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.
If despite the above information you feel your StarTools download does indeed contain malware, please contact us as soon as possible.
The minimum specifications for a computer to run StarTools successfully depends mostly on the resolution the data you intend to process.
Low resolution data sets (for example from a 1MP CCD or Webcam) may be processed successfully on a Pentium IV with 512Mb RAM.
High-resolution data sets, such as those from a DSLR typically require at least 4Gb of RAM.
For best results, 16GB and a modern 4-core CPU are recommended, in addition to running from a RAM disk (or alternatively a Solid State Drive).
Regardless of your machine's specification, consider binning your data if your data is oversampled.
As of 1.3.180 Beta, StarTools uses all cores that it can find to speed up your processing in situations where it makes sense.
Previous versions were capped to 4 cores max.
Please note that using multiple cores for tasks that are memory bus constrained, can actually have an adverse effect on performance, so you may find that not all algorithms and modules use all cores all of the time.
The 32-bit version is meant for older computers with less memory and/or a 32-bit Operating System.
The signal path is 32-bit for the 32-bit version, while the signal path is 64-bit for the 64-bit version, the latter being more precise but requiring twice the memory. Additionally, the 64-bit version makes use of the latest instruction sets (such as SSE) on the more modern CPUs to speed up processing tasks.
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, and GLIB 2.15 installed on their system.
If you had bothered to read the 'buy' page, you would have learned that you could spare yourself the effort of writing a keygen or crack - if you can't afford the license fee and you are a genuine enthusiast, we're happy to work something out!
We're not some big evil company and we're not in it for the money. Heck, we make a loss on this all for the love of the hobby and are not even covering our costs as it is.
Besides, ST's release cycle is one of continuous updates - you'd be continuously waiting for the next crack or keygen in order to avail of the latest features and bug fixes (of which there can be several a month).