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Startrail ... Everyone likes to personalize his own Mac in various ways: wallpapers, icons, colors and even themes. But what about mouse pointer? Cannot it live its own life? Now it can. With Startrail you can add special effects to your mouse pointer!.

Current features:

  • Different particles to choose;
  • Dock effect;
  • Mouse gestures effect;
  • Configurable particle properties;
  • Configurable trail properties;
  • Configurable mouse sensitivity;
  • Autoupdate;
  • Start at login.

What's New

Version 2.2.1:
  • Fixed minimum OS requirements.


  • OS X 10.7 or later
  • 64-bit processor

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Mac007 Member IconComment+198

The good news is this still works on the latest version of Mavericks. The bad news is the developer's website domain is up for sale with no further info.

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Version 2.2.1
Mac007 Member IconComment+198

The link to the developer no longer works. Here is the URL that does still work: http://pawn-soft.com/index.php

There still is no update for Snow Leopard unfortunately.

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Version 2.1

Thanks for the info! I've update the developer's URL.

Mac007 Member IconComment+198


From the developer's web site:

"I'm sorry to announce that, due to a OS bug, Startrail does not work on Snow Leopard. To be a little more specific, there is a certain case in which apps stop receiving mouse movements (if you want me to be more technical, please email me). Obviously this is the case for Startrail. I filed the bug to Apple, but since it is a very specific bug, I don't know when or wether it will be fixed. I'm very sorry, I tried some workaround but none of them seems to work. So please be advised that if you intend to upgrade to Snow Leopard, Startrail will not work anymore.
If you bought a license for Startrail after Snow Leopard release, please email me for a refund."

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Version 2.1
larry2 Member IconReview+6

Excellent on Macbook pro 1.8/2gb ram. Non-intrusive. I have no problem with the dispersion of the stars it lets me know exactly where my cursor is at any time. I especially like the color change. Hope this is ported to the upcoming 10.5 system. I wish there would be something else to happen on mouse clicks...that would be cool.

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Version 1.5
ShotgunWeddings Member IconReview+278

Definitely a keeper!

More & more options each update!

Still rock solid on my iMac Dual Core (MacInel) with OSX 10.4.10 v1.1

Excellent work!

P.s. Still a minor cosmetic issue of the "About" window hiding behind other open windows. But so minor that it's no biggee!

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Version 1.5
Treeview Member IconReview+1

Works great, a very nice application.

The animation runs very smoothly, and the easy-to-use preferences screen makes it simple to customize the particle colors, shapes, sizes, etc.

You can also pause the star effect and make a quick burst of stars appear via key command which is nice.

All in all, a fantastic app!

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Version 1.5
ShotgunWeddings Member IconReview+278

Still working flawlessly on a MacIntel OSX 10.4.10(11)

What can I say, I already liked it, now it's even better with options and key commands.

And if your into it Matteo Manferdini (Pawn Software), I have 2 suggestions.

1) Colour control, pick a colour or randomize it or leave it to cycle as is now.

2) Shape control, pick a standard shape (star , circle, square, cross , triangle or whatever)

Great work, Matteo Manferdini , keep it up!

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Version 1.2
Ezrabbit Member IconComment+1

Very pretty and despite other complaints, I'd say good work.

My only suggestion is that you try to alter the graphics so that the cursor leaves behind more of a narrow trail than a series of wide bursts.

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Version 1.1
Rick Saphire Member IconComment+0
Rick Saphire

Gee, people can be so critical. This "starburst" program is very creative and lots of fun. I wish I could add it to my domain and have the star dance around while others are looking at my website. But as it is, it's colorful, sparkling, and much appreciated. Thanks for your hard work. Rick. www.RickSaphire.com

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Version 1.1
FrankHogg Member IconComment+9

Okay, it does what it says. More like bursts of stars rather than a trail but if you move the mouse you get a trail. Having said that it's only entertaining for a short while before you have to quit the app to do anything. Slight movements of the mouse causes a star burst which obscures what you want to do. Positioning the cursor is difficult so your only option is to quit it. My suggestions:

Allow for a user defined delay before star bursting.
Allow a used defined movement (number of pixels) before star bursting.

Allow a key sequence to toggle it on and off.

Tie amount or stars to acceleration of mouse.

Have a key sequence to burst stars so I can find my cursor.

And on and on.

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Version 1.0.1
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Current Version (2.x)


Downloads 13,931
Version Downloads 1,165
License Commercial
Date 05 Dec 2011
Platform OS X
Price $3.99