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Curio 22

The most advanced notebook application for note-taking and research.

Take notes. Organize files. Collect research. Brainstorm in mind maps. Track tasks with to-do lists or Kanban stacks. 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.
Traditional licenses include one full year of free major updates!

Curio 22 requires macOS 10.15 Catalina through macOS 12 Monterey on Apple silicon or Intel.

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 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 to learn how you can be more productive with Curio.

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Artisanal Software

With Curio you have an extraordinarily close connection to its development and support, completely unlike dealing with many Mega Corps out there.

In most cases feedback and new feature requests are quickly incorporated in upcoming releases, and many support incidents are answered within hours.

This tighter feedback loop and rapid development cycle, with major releases appearing every few months, allows us to quickly react to customer requests, market trends, and competition.

Licenses include one full year of free major updates so active license holders and Curio subscribers will enjoy a continuous stream of major productivity features and enhancements!

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

Traditional license. Never expires. Upgrade when you want.
New and upgrade licenses include one full year of free major updates!
Download Curio and start your 2 week trial with all features enabled. Afterwards, purchase the license that best suits your needs.
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Purchase a subscription to Curio with 2 week trial from Apple’s Mac App Store.
Download Curio from the Mac App Store. U.S. prices below; localized when subscribing.
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Curio Core
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Discounts on new licenses are available for qualifying staff, faculty, and students of accredited educational organizations.

If the email address you enter below is a school-issued email address, such as one with .edu, .k12, or other domain, we may be able to instantly qualify you for academic pricing when you press Continue.

👉 Your new license will be issued to this email address!

Otherwise, please upload your proof of academic eligibility, issued by the institution with your name and institution name, dated within the past 12 months.

Examples: a school ID card, report card, transcript, tuition bill or statement. PDF, JPG, HEIC, or PNG. Max 2MB.
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Enter your current license information to see your discounted license renewal and crossgrade options. License renewals include one full year of free major updates!

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

Find your current license key via the Curio > License menu item. (Or we can send it to you.)

👉 Your new license will be issued to this same email address! (Email changed?)

▸ Student or teacher? Click here to enter your credentials for an academic discount.

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If the registered email address you entered above is a school-issued email address, such as one with .edu, .k12, or other domain, we may be able to instantly qualify you for academic pricing when you press Continue.

Otherwise, please upload your proof of academic eligibility, issued by the institution with your name and institution name, dated within the past 12 months.

Examples: a school ID card, report card, transcript, tuition bill or statement. PDF, JPG, HEIC, or PNG. Max 2MB.
Questions or need a pre-validation code instead?

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 22 requires macOS 10.15 Catalina through macOS 12 Monterey on Apple silicon or Intel.
    Release Notes - Documentation (PDF) - License Agreement - Terms of Use - Privacy Policy

  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 big features.
  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 trial expires 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.

👉 See our Curio Traditional Licenses FAQ for more details.

  1. Download Curio from the Mac App Store

    Curio 22 requires macOS 10.15 Catalina through macOS 12 Monterey on Apple silicon or Intel.
    Release Notes - Documentation (PDF) - License Agreement - Terms of Use - Privacy Policy

  2. Launch Curio and our bundled Welcome to Curio guided tour will automatically open showcasing Curio’s big features.
  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 and its interface will dynamically change to reflect that edition’s features.
  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.

If the trial expires or a subscription is inactive then 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 a subscription 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.

👉 See our Curio Subscriptions FAQ for more details.

What’s New in Curio?

Highlights from Curio’s most recent updates.

Curio 22 May 23, 2022 • macOS 10.15 Catalina → macOS 12 Monterey • Release Notes • Documentation (PDF)

New Features

  • Synced Figure Instances
    You can now create copies of a figure where the text contents and all meta properties (checked state, percent complete, dates, tags, resources, priority, etc.) are synced between the original figure and all instances. See the demo video.
  • File-Backed Text Figures
    Asset figures that reference text files can now be displayed as a text figure for editing directly within Curio. Also supports multiple instances of the asset figure all dynamically showing the contents of the referenced file. See the demo video.
  • Resample Image
    Right-click on a jpg, png, or heic image figure to resample it with a new format, dimensions, and/or DPI resolution for faster loading and reduced project file sizes.

View Curio 22's release notes for screenshots and all the details ›

Curio 21 March 7, 2022 • macOS 10.15 Catalina → macOS 12 Monterey • Release Notes • Documentation (PDF)

New Features

  • Insert Gallery Drag and Drop
    The Insert > Gallery popovers now support drag-and-drop of styles and stencils directly to the idea space.
  • Detachable Insert Galleries
    The Insert popover and the individual Insert > Gallery popovers can now be detached to become free-floating windows.
  • Recent Shares
    At the very top of the Sharing popup, Curio now lists the most recent export and mail sharing selections so you can quickly choose them again.
  • Custom Sharing Actions
    Curio Pro now supports an advanced feature where you can configure custom sharing actions to send selected figures directly to other applications using their app URL schemes.
  • Create Linked Idea Space
    Right-click on a text figure and, via the context menu, instantly create a new idea space with the same title as the figure and a jump action to the newly created idea space will then be associated with the figure.

Improvements

  • Quick Find Scope
    When searching with Quick Find you can now specify a scope, such as scope:ideaspace or scope:section/ to restrict the query.
  • Quick Find Save Name
    When saving a Quick Find query you can now give it an optional name.
  • Zoom to Selection
    You can now select one or more figures and choose View > Zoom to Selection to zoom and center to the selected figures.
  • Smart Zoom to Selection
    Lots of new advanced preferences so you can double-tap to Smart Zoom (if enabled in your System Preferences) to the selected figures or the hovered-over figure, or if no figures the hovered-over point. Double-tap again to restore your view.
  • Quick Zoom In
    You can temporarily zoom into the idea space to work more closely with a figure under the mouse pointer by holding Shift-Q. When you release those keys the view is restored.
  • 🔬 Experimental Presentation Zoom
    Experimental support for zoom key shortcuts and double-tap Smart Zoom during presentation mode.
  • Curio Variable Autocompletion
    When typing Curio variables, such as {%ProjectTitle} you will see an autocompletion popup so you can choose a variable more easily.
  • Import Custom Variables
    You can now import a CSV file of custom variable keys and values directly into the Project inspector.
  • Pinboard Idea Graphs
    Idea graphs can now be created within pinboard collections.
  • Stacks and Albums Expand Widget
    Titled and untitled stacks and albums that are collapsed via Spacebar will now show a helpful expansion button so you know it's collapsed and can click to expand it.
  • Optional Toolbar Buttons
    New lock, unlock, group, and ungroup toolbar buttons are now available via the customize toolbar palette.
  • Inspector Help Buttons
    Added help buttons to most of the inspector panels to bring you directly to the online help for that panel.
  • Automatic Project Categories via Finder Tags
    Setting Finder tags can now automatically associate project categories used in the Project Gallery and Status shelf.

View Curio 21's release notes for screenshots and all the details ›

Curio 20 December 30, 2021 • macOS 10.15 Catalina → macOS 12 Monterey • Release Notes • Documentation (PDF)

New Features

  • Text Figure Inline Tags and Resources
    You can now use inline tags and resources within text figures, like #COP26, #GTD/active, and @GeorgeB. Behind the scenes those meta items will be associated or disassociated with the figure, with new meta created if necessary.

View Curio 20's release notes for screenshots and all the details ›

Curio 19 October 22, 2021 • macOS 10.15 Catalina → macOS 12 Monterey • Release Notes • Documentation (PDF)

New Features

  • Status Bar
    A new status bar for displaying and modifying figure data.

Improvements

  • Tag Set Visibility
    If you have lots of global tag sets but only some are applicable to the current project, you can now easily hide them so they don't clutter up your tag choices.
  • Quick Find Autocomplete
    Quick Find now supports autocomplete while typing tags, custom data keys, and resources.
  • Quick Find Readable Date Expressions
    Quick Find now understands more readable date expressions such as due in 6 months and starts soon and due within 1 month.
  • Image Text Recognition Language
    You can now specify the preferred language for image text recognition.
  • Importing/Pasting Markdown Checklists
    Importing or pasting a markdown list now supports GitHub-style checklist prefixes.
  • Equation Alignment
    You can now specify the left, center, right alignment of equations created within Curio.

View Curio 19's release notes for screenshots and all the details ›

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 bidirectional 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.

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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