Do not be fooled by StarTools' simple interface. You are forgiven if, at first glance, you get the impression StarTools offers only the basics. Nothing could be further from the truth!
StarTools goes deep - very deep in fact. It is just not "in your face" about it, and you can still get great results without delving into the depths of its capabilities. It is up to you how you wish to approach image processing.
If you are a seasoned photographer looking to get more out of your data, StarTools will allow you to visibly gain the edge with novel, brute-force techniques and data mining routines that have only just become viable on modern 64-bit multi-core CPUs, GPU compute power, and increases in RAM and storage space.
If you are a beginner, StarTools will assist you by making it easy to achieve great results out-of-the box, while you get to know the exciting field of astrophotography better.
Whatever your situation, skills, equipment and prior experience, you will find that working with StarTools is quite a bit different than any software you may worked with prior. And in astrophotography, that tends to be a good thing!
Getting to grips with new software can be daunting, but StarTools was designed to make this as painless as possible. This quick, generic work flow will get you started.
The Heal module was created to provide a means of substituting unwanted pixels in an neutral way.
Final signal compositing is delayed until it is convenient and mathematically optimal.
You can convert everything you see to a format you find convenient. Give it a try!