Curio is an amazingly flexible digital notebook for storing and managing everything.
You have work projects and home projects, school classes to manage and book reports to research, vacations to plan and novels to write, web sites to design and lab results to organize.
You currently use a collection of notebooks, your office whiteboard, scraps of sticky notes, oodles of browser bookmarks, and multiple documents scattered around your hard disk.
You’re juggling it all, but organizing this information should be easier.
In Curio, create a project to represent your real-world project, then fill it with everything related to that project including notes, images, documents, web links, and much, much more. Use Curio’s integrated collections, such as lists and mind maps, to organize all of this information or just place it anywhere on Curio’s freeform pages, which we call idea spaces.
Anything placed into Curio can be associated with tags, flags, checkboxes, priorities, ratings, and start/due dates and durations, for fast and easy searching and task management.
The best part is you are in complete control over your idea spaces. Make them sloppy or organized, freeform or in a grid—this is your project notebook. This is called visual thinking and perfectly mirrors your real-world notebooks and whiteboards so you are instantly comfortable in Curio’s intuitive environment.
Thousands of customers around the world use Curio in a surprisingly diverse range of occupations. We have students and professors, engineers and designers, lawyers and writers, entrepreneurs and filmmakers, all using Curio for information gathering, brainstorming, and creative exploration.
The most flexible notebook you’ve ever used.
We call Curio’s innovative pages idea spaces—a perfect blend of notepaper, whiteboard, and sketchpad. You can type anywhere, sketch anywhere, and drag-and-drop anything to your idea spaces making it a perfect tool for note taking and research gathering.
Your Curio project notebook contains all your notes, documents, and research in one file. Mix text, index cards, tables, and even a mind map all on the same idea space. Add any type of media including images, videos, and YouTube or Vimeo clips. Plus Curio has built-in support for making audio and video recordings. You can even embed live WebViews and Google Docs views.
From within Curio, you can access your Evernote cloud so brainstorming and idea collection is quick and easy whether at your desk or away from the office. Text notes, voice recordings, and snapshot photos taken using one of Evernote’s apps are now instantly available from within Curio where they can be intuitively collected, arranged and managed as part of a creative project.
Curio includes Sleuth, an integrated Internet search assistant that makes it fun and easy to search for images, stock photos, definitions, research, translations, videos and more. Sleuth even includes a profanity filter which can be enabled for home or school environments.
The ultimate brainstorming and idea development environment.
Curio’s tightly integrated brainstorming tools are the perfect complement to its notebook interface. Since these tools are built-in, you don’t have to purchase another application to expand on a thought or idea.
Curio’s full-featured mind mapping functionality includes styles, stencils, branch coloring, relationship lines, and Mindjet & iThoughts importing and exporting. Curio supports radial, left, right, org chart, top-down, and bottom-up mind map arrangements. You can even use Curio’s integrated presentation mode to present your brainstorms for all to see.
Here we’ve added a Curio list to keep track of a client’s objectives. Curio supports simple styled lists and more complex hierarchical lists with checkboxes, percent complete and due date calculations, and other meta information. Curio’s lists include full support for custom numerical or bulleted prefixes and full support for OPML importing and exporting.
Create fast connected idea associations when you need more flexibility than a mind map offers. With a figure selected, simply hold Command or other modified keys and click on the background to create new figures instantly connected with directional, bidirectional, or unidirectional lines.
Insert gorgeous styled tables with full support for row and column headers and footers. Import and export table information via CSV or copy/paste from Excel or Numbers. Since table cells are simply figures, they can include any meta information including ratings and notes.
Many authors and writers prefer to use index cards to organizer their information. Use one of the many bundled styles or create your own. Create a stack of index cards and spin through them using your scroll wheel to find your best ideas.
New in Curio 9 is the photo album collection. Quickly create collections of photos or other assets with or without captions. Curio includes several album and image styles to make your collections really stand out.
Also new in Curio 9 is the pinboard collection. When you picture a group brainstorming session you see whiteboards filled with sticky notes arranged in groups. Pinboards support these same handy freeform figure arrangements. This also makes them perfect for Kanban visualization boards.
Notebooks are more than just notes.
Curio includes built-in vector drawing tools for flowcharting and diagramming, plus bitmap pens and brushes for quick sketches when your right-brain needs a chance to express itself. It’s all integrated within Curio.
Curio includes 50 figure shapes with solid, linear, and radial multi-point gradient fills and advanced shadowing. Connect figures with straight, curved, or orthogonal multi-point lines which can stick to figures or to edge connection points. Grids and alignment snap guides assist with layout. Figure grouping, complex figure stencils, and advanced image clipping are supported.
Sometimes a keyboard just won’t do, so sketch out your ideas with Curio’s built-in pens and brushes. Use your mouse or trackpad, or hook up a Wacom graphic tablet for pressure-sensitive drawing or handwriting.
Find and track all of your notes and tasks.
Curio has full support for meta information to find that brilliant idea and to stay on top of your to-do list.
Curio supports custom tags, priority, rating, start/due dates and duration, resources, and notes. Even automatic date and percent complete calculations within a hierarchical list or mind map. Plus Calendar and Reminder syncing so you track your tasks on your iPhone or iPad.
The Status shelf helps you track all your tasks across all your projects. The top area shows the big-picture status of all your projects. The lower area shows task details grouped by dates, tags, resources. Power users can export their tasks or sync with Panic’s Status Board iPad app.
The flexible Search shelf support simple text searches, even text found within supported assets, but also complex queries using a mix of meta data: "all figures modified in the past 2 weeks", "all 4-star or better image figures". You can save these queries for quick future searches.
Look forward to your next meeting or lecture.
With integrated PDF annotation tools—plus our amazingly popular Spread PDF feature—you can easily manage handouts and materials. Perfect for classroom or business meeting settings.
Begin by dragging in a PDF and adding fields you wish to fill in for each page of the PDF. Select these figures and spread them on the current idea space where up to 20 duplicates of the selected figures are spread down the idea space and the displayed PDF pages are incremented automatically.
Press and hold Q to quick-zoom out and drag the replicated figures to their final positions. If you still have more pages in the PDF, right-click on the idea space in the Organizer to spread it to finish all the pages in the PDF, with each displayed PDF page incremented automatically.
Use Curio’s PDF highlighting tools for quick annotations or open it in your favorite PDF viewer such as Preview or Skim. Take notes within Curio alongside each page of the PDF. Use Curio’s meta tags to note items that need further research or that require a follow-up.
“I have yet to review a better, friendlier, or more powerful tool for taking on any project under the sun.”
“Taken together, Curio is one fast-loading, responsive package with fantastic potential and tons of flexibility.”
“If you haven’t tried Curio before, now is the time.”
Running an older Curio? You’ll love this new release!
Curio 9’s codebase has been updated to use Apple’s latest frameworks. Its gorgeous, new interface follows the style of Apple’s iWork apps with a modern, clean design; an inspector shelf; customizable toolbar; plus slick new inspector popovers. Curio 9 requires OS X Mavericks or Yosemite.
Curio’s performance enhancements make everything, especially scrolling, feel much more responsive.
Curio’s new styled album collections are perfect for organizing and showcasing photos or other image asset figures with or without captions.
A pinboard allows the freeform collection of any data. It’s a flexible whiteboard within your idea space. These are ideal for organizing notes in brainstorming sessions or Kanban task management.
Curio now supports quick and easy captions for your image figures and other asset figures displayed as previews.
You can now attach any file to a text figure. An incredibly handy feature particularly for mind maps and lists.
Flowcharting has been supercharged with dozens of new shapes and new shape clipping options.
Mini popovers and shortcuts for faster meta entry plus new modernized & scalable icons.
More refined rendering of hierarchical lists for a clean, polished look.
Curio's super-fast method for constructing freeform idea graphs and flowcharts is now even better!
New support for Evernote stacks, aliases to Evernote notes, and more accurate note thumbnails.
Curio can now publish a mirror of your project in PDF form with support for clickable assets. Perfect for backups or Dropbox syncing to your iPad.
HTML export has been completely rewritten and modernized for better browsing on Mac and Windows platforms, and now iPads and iPhones, as well.
You can now group by local project tags or resources. New task context menu and drag-and-drop support for quickly setting meta values. Plus easier Panic Status Board integration.
Sorting, easier exporting and printing, idea space orientation options, plus bundled SubtlePatterns textures.
Plus much, much more — this is this our most feature-packed release, ever!
Curio 9 requires OS X Mavericks or Yosemite.
I’ve always been a huge fan of taking notes, sketching out ideas, and brainstorming. In the past, my notebooks and whiteboards were covered with notes, to-do lists, interface sketches, and much more. I made sure my office had the largest whiteboard possible.
Over 10 years ago, during the development of Curio, the goal was to create a notebook app specifically for designers and other creative types. However, while working on the initial interface and feature set, it dawned on us that a completely freeform environment, much like the notebooks in our hands and the whiteboards around the room, was exactly what we needed to create and not just for designers but for everyone who takes notes and collects ideas.
Curio is now the most innovative note-taking and brainstorming application on the market used by thousands of customers around the world. It’s wonderful to see how people are using Curio and I, personally, have ditched the whiteboard and use Curio for all my visual thinking. I look forward to the next 10 years of amazing Curio development.
— George, Founder of Zengobi
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