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Curio 12

Now with markdown superpowers.

Curio is an intuitive, freeform notebook environment with all the integrated tools you need to take notes, brainstorm ideas, collect research, and organize your tasks and documents. A single, incredibly powerful application where you can be more productive and focus on getting things done.

Curio 12 requires macOS Sierra, High Sierra, or Mojave.

What can Curio do for you?

In Curio, create a project to represent a real-world project that you’re working on. Next fill it with everything related to that project including notes, images, PDF’s, documents, web links, multimedia, and much, much more.

You can place this information anywhere on Curio’s freeform idea spaces. Or use Curio’s integrated mind maps, lists, tables, index cards, albums, pinboards, and stacks to organize your data into powerful collections.

Anything placed into Curio can be associated with meta data such as tags, flags, checkboxes, priorities, ratings, resources, and start/due dates and durations for easy searching and task management.

The key point is that everything related to your project is stored, managed, and tracked within a single project file using a single, well-integrated application. You’re not juggling a mess of files scattered about your hard disk with a disparate suite of apps.

We invite you to join the thousands of customers around the world who use Curio for information gathering, brainstorming, and creative exploration. Download Curio and begin your 2-week trial with our bundled Welcome to Curio guided tour, documentation, and sample gallery to learn how you can be more productive with Curio.

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Who Can Use Curio?

With thousands of customers we have an incredibly diverse audience.

Writers brainstorm plot and character development Students take notes, annotate handouts, and collect research Parents organize the next family vacation Scientists gather lab data results and images Web Developers collect ideas and create site prototypes Videographers plan shots and scenes Teachers demonstrate how to collect notes, images, and videos Product Managers gather competitor images, features, and notes Gardeners lay out the spring garden Project Leads track tasks, timelines, and feature checklists Programmers plan new product features, sketch prototypes, and track competitors Lawyers gather information, organize ideas and prepare cases Entrepreneurs mind map ideas and plan new companies Musicians develop song lyrics and collect inspirations Professors create and present lesson plans and assignments

What will you do with Curio?


Integrated Collections

All included with Curio.

Mind Maps

Full-featured mind mapping with styles, arrangements, boundaries, and more.


From simple styled lists to complex hierarchical lists, numbered or bulleted.


Create styled collections of photos or documents with optional captions.

Index Cards

Index and note cards are perfect for organizing and shuffling ideas.


Styled tables with full support for row and column headers and footers.


Made for brainstorming sessions, collect ideas into freeform groupings.


Track your tasks, Kanban-style, either manually or automatically sorted.

Curio Pricing

Choose the productivity features you need.

Core Core includes these great features:
  • Freeform notebook environment with our incredibly flexible place anything anywhere idea spaces
  • Rich text figures with support for bundled and personal figure styles
  • Documents and multimedia embedded and aliased files, images, PDF's, audio, videos, Mail messages, web links, and web views
  • Integrated collections including mind maps, lists, tables, index cards, albums, pinboards, and stacks
  • Flowcharting shapes for idea graphs, diagrams, and prototyping
  • Sticky lines with styles & arrowheads; straight, curved, or orthogonal
  • Record audio and video notes
  • Screen capture snapshots
  • Searchable meta checkmarks, percent complete, start/due/duration with date calculations, tags, priorities, ratings, resources, notes, actions
  • Import/Export as text, image, PDF, HTML, CSV, OPML, and popular 3rd party mind map formats
Standard Standard takes Core and adds:
  • Markdown rich text rendering, plus incredibly extensive import and export
  • Reusable templates and stencils, plus the Stencils shelf for quick access
  • Brushes and pens allow freeform sketching with pressure-sensitive graphics tablet support
  • TaskPaper import and export
  • OmniOutliner Pro import
  • Evernote integration for quick access to your notes in the cloud
  • Sleuth and the new Sleuth shelf for easy, one-click Internet research
  • Organizer sections for independent divisions in larger projects
  • Sync tasks to Calendar & Reminders
  • PDF outline embedded table of contents in PDF exports
  • PDF mirror maintains an up-to-date, live export of your project in PDF form
  • Spread PDF instantly spreads the pages of a PDF across multiple idea spaces for notes and annotations
ProfessionalMost Popular! Professional takes Standard and adds:
  • Master figure styles & stencils, master idea space styles & templates, and master markdown styles for dynamic updates throughout a project
  • Status shelf for easy cross-project task tracking at a glance
  • Regular expressions support in the Search shelf
  • Presentation mode with transitions, for quick sharing with a group
  • Advanced project options including project password, automatic project backups, external project library
  • External repositories for sharing styles, stencils, and templates with workplace colleagues
🚀 Upgrade Pricing

Purchase an upgrade to Curio 12 Pro, Standard, or Core

Existing customers can purchase a discounted upgrade for US$29.99 to US$109.99.
For example, upgrade from Curio 7 Pro, 8, 9, 10, or 11 Pro to Curio 12 Pro for US$69.99 (US$49.99 academia).
Curio's 8, 9, and 10 are essentially Pro editions since all features are enabled in those consolidated releases of Curio.
Curio 12 Core or Standard customers can purchase an upgrade to crossgrade to Curio 12 Standard or Professional.

👥 Volume Discounts
Buying for more than one user? Contact us for a volume discount coupon.

While Curio’s license agreement allows an individual to use a single license key on multiple machines, such as a home and work Mac, if you have multiple users that want to use Curio, then a discounted multi-user license should be purchased.

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Discounts on new licenses are available for qualifying staff, faculty, and students of accredited educational organizations.

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Discounted upgrade licenses are available to current Curio customers who have previously purchased a license key from the Zengobi store. (Lost it?)

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Downloading and Installation

Curio 12 requires macOS Sierra, High Sierra, or Mojave.
License Agreement - Getting Started - Documentation - Release Notes

  1. Download Curio
  2. Use the Finder to drag Curio from your browser’s Downloads folder to your Applications folder to install.
  3. Launch Curio to begin your 2-week trial with all Professional features fully enabled and available. Our bundled Welcome to Curio guided tour will automatically open showcasing Curio’s major features. It also includes the complete user documentation and a gorgeous sample gallery showing off what you can create in Curio.
  4. Purchase and enter a Professional, Standard, or Core license key based on the features you need and Curio’s interface will dynamically change to reflect that edition’s features. You can even start with one edition then move up to a more feature-rich edition by purchasing a crossgrade upgrade license.

Once the trial expires, you can request an extension to your trial if you wish, otherwise Curio will enter into a simplified Reader mode, allowing you to continue using Curio for read-only browsing, printing, presenting, and exporting of Curio project files and contents. At any time you can still purchase and enter a license key to enable functionality. Friends and colleagues that don’t own Curio can take advantage of Reader mode to view projects you share with them.

“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.”


What’s New in Curio 12

An amazing suite of new functionality so you can be even more productive.

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  1. Markdown Rich Text

    Curio text figures now support dynamically rendered markdown rich text syntax. Edit in markdown, then when editing ends it is rendered into rich text on-the-fly by Curio.

  2. Markdown Inline Lists

    New support for markdown inline lists! Our #1 most popular request since Curio 12’s release.

  3. Markdown Monospace

    New support for markdown's monospace (inline code) syntax: `monospace` → monospace.

  4. Markdown Numbers/Bullets

    Smart detection of numbered vs. bulleted lists during markdown list import.

  5. Master Markdown Styles

    Using a markdown style file you can instantly broadcast attribute changes to markdown heading elements found in text figures throughout your project. Super powerful!

  6. Markdown Exporting

    You can now export your project, idea space, or selected figures as markdown! Any markdown you enter yourself is exported as-is, however Curio will also automatically generate markdown syntax as needed for the export.

    Your Curio text figures export as markdown rich text; your Curio lists, mind maps, and stacks turn into markdown lists; Curio tables into markdown tables; Curio image figures into inline markdown images; asset figures into markdown file links; link figures into markdown links; etc. Your export can optionally include figure notes, as markdown footnotes, as well as figure meta like tags, dates, checkmarks, and percent completed.

    View your exported markdown with popular applications like Marked or MultiMarkdown Composer.

  7. Markdown Importing

    Drag markdown files into Curio to import as lists, mind maps, tables, or rich text figures. Import meta info like tags, dates, checkmarks, percent completed, and resources, as well.

  8. PDF Outline

    Generated PDF’s now have an embedded, PDF standards-compliant table of contents for easy navigation.

  9. PDF Links

    Generated PDF’s now have clickable PDF links for weblinks, figure actions, idea space links, jump actions, inner-project links, and more.

  10. OmniOutliner Pro Support

    Curio can convert custom named columns found in OmniOutliner Pro’s OPML exports into Curio meta data.

  11. TaskPaper Support

    You can now import and export TaskPaper task lists with full support for meta data tags.

  12. OneNote List Support

    Curio is now able to import several different types of numbered and bulleted OneNote lists as Curio native lists.

  13. Search Enhancements

    Search now supports boolean expressions plus numerous other search-related improvements.

  14. Search RegEx Support

    For Pro users, Search allows you to enter regular expressions.

  15. Status Shelf Enhancements

    New markdown live exports, tag emojis, and more.

  1. Exporting Meta

    You can now include figure meta, such as start/due dates, tags, and percent complete, when copying or exporting figures as text or markdown.

  2. Importing Meta

    Special meta text tags are now parsed when importing or pasting text or markdown lists, mind maps, or tables.

  3. Exporting Rich Text Images

    When you copy or export figures as rich text, Curio can now include image figures in the results.

  4. Exporting Text to a Single File

    Exporting multiple idea spaces as text or markdown now generates a single export file, instead of one per idea space.

  5. List Enhancements

    Lists can now be sorted in ascending or descending order.

  6. Mind Map Enhancements

    Mind maps now have more compact radial maps, better looking top-down and bottom-up maps, new MindNode file format compatility, and can be sorted in ascending or descending order

  7. Stack Enhancements

    Stacks can be set to autosize, and can now be sorted in ascending or descending order.

  8. Table Enhancements

    Holding Shift key while clicking the number of rows or columns stepper will allow the table to grow or shrink as needed, instead of keeping its dimensions constant.

  9. Tag Enhancements

    Tag sets now support an only one active attribute reflecting a tag state, like active vs. pending, and permitting adornment cycling and popups. You can also now choose a tag via figure right-click context menu.

  10. Project Enhancements

    The Projects popup and galleries have been improved.

  11. Organizer Enhancements

    You can now filter by project milestones.

  12. Media Player Keyboard Shortcuts

    New keyboard shortcuts during video playback so you can easily set start, stop, poster times and more.

  13. Idea Space Link Quick Look Support

    Select a idea space link figure and press spacebar to see a popup Quick Look preview.

  14. Performance Optimizations

    Supercharged performance with major rendering optimizations, smarter loading of asset figure previews, and stored video figure previews.

  15. Project Load Optimizations

    Asset and jump target alias resolutions now occur only as needed instead of during project load.

  16. Interface Refresh

    A new modernized toolbar, plus many other UI tweaks.

  17. Massive Code Updates

    Curio’s entire codebase was overhauled making it more robust, more optimized, and more future-proof than ever!

  18. Plus Much More

    Dozens of other miscellaneous tweaks, optimizations, and fixes make this an amazing release!

View Curio 12’s detailed release notes ›

Purchase an upgrade to Curio 12 Pro, Standard, or Core

Existing customers can purchase a discounted upgrade for US$29.99 to US$109.99.
For example, upgrade from Curio 7 Pro, 8, 9, 10, or 11 Pro to Curio 12 Pro for US$69.99 (US$49.99 academia).
Curio's 8, 9, and 10 are essentially Pro editions since all features are enabled in those consolidated releases of Curio.
Curio 12 requires macOS Sierra, High Sierra, or Mojave.

Works with Curiota

Curiota is our free, out of the way, always available, menu bar app that allows you to quickly jot down ideas or take notes when inspiration strikes.

Curiota also supports macOS Services, the macOS Share button, Save PDF to Curiota, a browser bookmarklet, and even AppleScript so you can easily send information from anywhere into Curiota.

It can be used even if you don’t own Curio. However, combined with Curio you have a powerhouse combination since you can view, search, and access all your collected Curiota data from within Curio.

Learn more or download Curiota from the Apple Mac App Store.

Download Curiota from the Mac App Store

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