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Curio 14

Powerful productivity.

Take notes. Organize files. Collect research. Brainstorm in mind maps. Track tasks with a to-do list. Drop in an equation. Sketch out an idea. Get more productive! Curio’s intuitive, freeform notebook environment provides all the integrated tools you need to be more productive and focus on getting things done.

Curio 14 requires macOS Mojave or Catalina.

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 Kanban-style 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.

And, now in Curio 14, your project can include a daily journal for meetings or class notes, all neatly organized and sorted automatically.

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.

Available as a traditional license or a low-cost subscription, begin your free, 2-week trial with our Welcome to Curio guided tour, documentation, and sample gallery to learn how you can be more productive with Curio. Download Curio to learn more ›

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?

Curio Pricing

Curio is available as a traditional license with 2 week trial from Zengobi’s web store.
Download Curio and start your trial with all features enabled. Afterwards, purchase the license that best suits your needs.
Curio is available as a subscription with 2 week trial from Apple’s Mac App Store.
Download Curio from the Mac App Store. U.S. prices below, localized when subscribing. Read our Frequently Asked Questions ›

Curio Core
Existing customer? Purchase an upgrade!
Core includes these great features:
Core Features
We start with these great core features:
  • Freeform notebook environment.
  • 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 & views.
  • Mind mapping with styles, arrangements, boundaries, date roll-ups.
  • Lists from simple styled to complex hierarchical lists, numbered or bulleted.
  • Albums of photos or documents, such as PDFs, with optional captions.
  • Index cards for organizing ideas.
  • Tables with headers and footers.
  • Pinboards for freeform groupings.
  • Stacks for Kanban-style task tracking.
  • 36 flowcharting shapes for idea graphs, diagrams, and prototyping.
  • Sticky lines with arrowhead styles; straight, curved, or orthogonal.
  • Record audio and video notes.
  • Searchable meta checkmarks; percent complete; start, due, duration, done, added dates with smart date calculations; tags; priorities; ratings; resources; notes; plus custom click actions.
  • DEVONthink and Hook support.
  • Import/Export as text, image, PDF, HTML, CSV, OPML, and popular 3rd party mind map formats.
  • Dark mode support.
Curio Standard
Existing customer? Purchase an upgrade!
Standard takes Core and adds:
Curio Standard $4.99/month or $49.99/year
Standard then adds:
  • Journal templates and organization for daily meetings or classes.
  • Table of Contents list or mind map.
  • Markdown rich text rendering, plus extensive import and export.
  • Reusable templates and stencils, plus Stencils shelf for quick access.
  • Integrated equation editor for LaTeX, AsciiMath, or MathML rendering.
  • Focus mode to help you concentrate on specific figures or branches.
  • Brush and pen sketching with support for iPad+Apple Pencil via Sidecar.
  • Sleuth and the new Sleuth shelf for easy, one-click Internet research.
  • Organizer sections for independent divisions in larger projects.
  • Spread PDF to spread the pages of a PDF across multiple idea spaces.
  • PDF Table of Contents in exports.
  • PDF Mirror live export of your project.
  • Sync tasks to Calendar & Reminders.
  • Evernote integration for quick access to your notes in the cloud.
  • TaskPaper import and export and OmniOutliner Pro OPML import.
  • Automatic project backups.
Curio Professional $6.99/month or $69.99/year
Professional takes Standard and adds:
  • Figure layers allow for more flexible layouts and arrangements, plus more features with our new popover inspector.
  • Cross references, with custom types like Agree and Evidence, can be created between figures, idea spaces, and web locations for more organized research.
  • Master figure styles & stencils, master idea space styles & templates, and master markdown styles for dynamic updates throughout a project.
  • Master markdown styles for dynamic updates throughout a project.
  • Status shelf for easy cross-project task tracking at a glance.
  • Presentation mode for group brainstorming or sharing sessions.
  • Regular expressions support when searching in the Search shelf.
  • Project password for project security.
  • Custom project backup settings.
  • External project library to support Spotlight searching of project assets.
  • External repositories for sharing styles, stencils, and templates with colleagues.
👥 Volume Discounts

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. These discounts are automatically applied during checkout.

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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 web store. (Lost it?)

If upgrading from an old purchase of Curio 7 Core or Curio 11 Express from the Mac App Store then follow these instructions.

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Download Curio

Try Curio for 2 weeks free!
Our Welcome to Curio project gives you a tour of all of Curio’s features.

  1. Download Curio from Zengobi

    Curio 14 requires macOS Mojave or Catalina. Terms of Use - Privacy Policy - License Agreement

  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 free trial with all Professional features fully enabled and available.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 2 week trial expires, you can request an extension to your trial if you need a bit more time.

📖 Otherwise Curio will enter into a simplified read-only mode for browsing, printing, presenting, and exporting Curio project files and contents. At any time you can still purchase and enter a license key to enable functionality once again. Friends and colleagues that don’t own Curio can take advantage of this read-only functionality to view projects you share with them.

  1. Download Curio from the Mac App Store

    Curio 14 requires macOS Mojave or Catalina. Terms of Use - Privacy Policy - Mac App Store License Agreement

  2. Launch Curio and 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.
  3. You can use Curio for free without a subscription in a read-only mode to view, export, and print existing projects.
  4. Then, when you’re ready to dive in and create your own projects, start a 2 week free trial by subscribing to a Standard or Professional monthly or yearly plan from within Curio.
  5. If you cancel at least 24 hours before the end of the free trial period you won’t be charged for using Curio. You can manage and cancel your subscription by going to your account settings on the Mac App Store any time after purchase.

👉 See our Frequently Asked Questions for more details on Curio Mac App Store subscriptions.

📚 You may also browse Welcome to Curio’s Getting Started and Documentation sections in PDF form.

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Integrations

Curio works with your favorite productivity apps, plus many more!

DEVONthink

Search your DEVONthink notes and files from within Curio.

Hook

Hook includes support for creating bidrectional links with Curio items.

Evernote

Within Curio, browse, search, and drag in your notes directly from the cloud.

Calendar & Reminders

Sync your Curio tasks with macOS Calendar & Reminders.

iThoughts

Import and export mind maps with this cross-platform app.

TaskPaper

Import and export tasks with support for special TaskPaper tags.

Curiota

Of course Curio supports Curiota, our free note and file collector.

What’s New in Curio 14

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

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Curio 14 requires macOS Mojave or Catalina.

Journal

Curio's new integrated journalling feature allows you to log meetings, make class notes, keep a journal or diary, and much more! All neatly organized, sorted, and managed by Curio with automatic year and month groupings.

Curio comes bundled with several journal templates plus it's incredibly easy to create your own.

Your journal entries can contain anything a normal idea space can contain including text, markdown, images, links, mind maps, lists, videos, etc; checklist tasks, GTD-style tagging, start/due dates, etc; links and references within your project or between projects...

And, since the journal is a part of your project document, it's always accessible and integrated with the rest of your project. Now all your notes, research, brainstorming, and more are all organized together more effectively in one complete document package for easier tracking, storage, and archiving.

Table of Contents

You can now insert a Table of Contents as a native Curio list or mind map collection which dynamically updates if changes are made to your project's Organizer hierarchy.

The collection is comprised of idea space link figures, displayed in icon mode, to all Organizer items after the idea space that contains the Table of Contents itself.

Clicking a link will jump to that idea space in your project. If you export your project as PDF, then clicking a link in the exported Table of Contents will jump to the appropriate page within the PDF.

You can use any list or mind map style to change its look, and fine-tune its contents using the new Table of Contents inspector popover.

Layers

Professional customers now have a much more sophisticated layers popover providing new capabilities.

Drag and drop ordering, locking and visibility, and new restrictions such as hiding certain layers when printing or presenting, along with interactions such as swipe to delete make it easier to work with figure layers.

In addition, new idea space and presentation mode context menus allow you to easily move figures to specific layers and hide or show layers during presentation mode.

Automatic Figure Spacing

At long last, by extraordinarily popular request, Curio can now automatically scoot figures down or up as figures above change size!

For example, adding, changing, or removing items from a list can now move figures below the list either down or up... automatically!

And this automatic shifting of figures can automatically propagate down the page as figures bump into, or pull back from, figures underneath.

The new text figure minimum height feature, mentioned below, can assist with laying out auto-spaced forms.

Improved Spread PDF

You can now spread selected figures across the idea space, then down the idea space, creating a collection of columns and rows, each showing a different page of the PDF. You also have control over the spacing or gap between the columns and rows.

The result is a matrix of PDF pages for you to annotate and take notes on.

Markdown Refinements

Markdown lists now render with more accurate alignment of list numbers and spacing due to more precise prefix calculations and more consistent line spacing, regardless of font size or style.

In addition, the markdown renderer adds new support for unindented lists for lists without titles.

Plus contents of markdown code blocks will now ignore symbols that may look like markdown syntax.

Perfect Circles

A new circle base shape allows for easier construction of certain figures and opens up possible styles such as the new Circles mind map org chart.

Figure Enhancements

Numerous figure enhancements such as completed tasks displayed with strikethrough and dimmed; neumorphic shadows; automatically updated Idea Space Link Figure titles and faster preview renderings; personal figure styles can now include default sizing; image alias icon overlays; and lots of other improvements.

Collection Figure Enhancements

Tons of collection figure enhancements such as automatically adjusting table row heights as contents are changed; table cell margins; "transparent" selection mind maps; shortcuts to expand/collapse mind maps and lists; easy parent node creation; and lots more!

Scribble Enhancements

Curio's sketching tools now has a new enhanced color picker with a much better spread of hues on the inspector shelf and inspector bar.

Enjoy fantastic new support for tablet scribbling via an iPad connected to the Mac using Catalina's Sidecar feature. Sketching using your iPad with Curio's pressure-sensitive brushes and pens is now much more comfortable and easier to customize.

This combination of Mac+iPad+Pencil via Sidecar really is a wonderful way to sketch directly into Curio, without having to purchase a dedicated graphic tablet.

DEVONthink Integration

The Local Library shelf now supports searches for DEVONthink data via Spotlight, instead of our old Sleuth-based technique with required DEVONthink Pro Server.

That's right: the normal DEVONthink product will suffice; DEVONthink Server is no longer required!

Masters Enhancements

Master templates now include support for custom inner figure stylings. This means any figures within a collection, such as these stylized table header cells, remain intact and continue to reflect the custom stylings of those inner figures from the master even if the figure content is changed.

Plus Much More

  • Text figures now support a minimum height which is useful for forms, templates, or in combination with automatic figure spacing.
  • Better integration with the popular Hook productivity app is now possible thanks to new Curio AppleScript capabilities.
  • Curio adds a new Paste As > Rich Text menu which is especially useful when pasting from Microsoft Word.
  • Curio's MindManager mind map import/export support now handles hyperlink figures, and fixes an export compatibility issue.
  • New variables for an asset file's creation and modification which is useful in captions.
  • Import/export/printing improvements including a project file path variable, an idea space count print header/footer variable, and PDF export refinements.
  • Organizer and idea spaces enhancements such as zooming both split views simultaneously; sorting idea spaces by descending title; new Organizer headings and font cleanup.
  • Curio Standard now includes Automatic Backups, which was formally a Pro-only feature. (Pro supports per-project backup customizations.)
  • Major performance and technical improvements.
  • An insane number of code updates to better support Apple’s latest macOS releases.
  • Plus dozens of other miscellaneous optimizations, tweaks, and fixes.
  • View Curio 14’s release notes for all the details ›
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Meet Curiota!

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

You can also send text or files into Curiota via macOS Services, the macOS Share button, the print dialog’s Save PDF to Curiota option, a browser bookmarklet, and even AppleScript.

While Curiota can be used even if you don’t own Curio, when combined with Curio you have a powerhouse combination since Curiota helps you collect notes and files outside of Curio. Then, when you’re back in Curio, you can view, search, and access all your collected Curiota information directly using Curio’s Library.

Learn more about Curiota ›

Download Curiota from the Mac App Store