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.
Your favorite application for note-taking and brainstorming is now even more powerful. Curio 13 adds more productivity features with new support for dark mode, figure layers, cross references, integrated equation editor, focus mode, markdown additions, and much more! More details below.
Curio 13 requires macOS High Sierra, Mojave, or Catalina.
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.
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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What will you do with Curio?
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 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.
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.
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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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 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.
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By hugely popular request, Curio supports macOS Mojave's ultra-cool dark mode!
Curio's window chrome, toolbar, inspectors, shelf, Organizer and other interface elements will now change dynamically based on the the system’s dark mode setting.
Your idea space content will continue to follow the coloring and styles you’ve specified for your idea spaces and figures.
On a related note, in addition to dark mode support, there are dozens of other interface enhancements in Curio 13 including collapsible inspector shelf panels.
Create and manage independent layers of figures that can be rearranged, hidden, or deleted without impacting other layers. This allows a more organized approach to idea space figure arrangements. For example...
This incredibly powerful feature allows figures and idea spaces to support multiple typed cross-references to other figures, idea spaces, and even web locations, to encourage more accurate and organized research.
Use built-in types, such as Source or Rebuttal, or create and use custom types such as Persona and Scene.
Via the references adornment, or right-click context menu, easily jump back and forth between references and referrers.
With a click you can instantly jump to a figure’s references which Agree or Disagree with its argument, or see all items that reference a particular figure as a Source. You can also use the Search shelf to find all figures which include any reference or just those with a specific reference type, such as Agree.
You can now create and edit equations using Curio!
Create and edit equations using LaTeX, AsciiMath, or MathML syntax. Previews are instantly rendered as you type your equation. Then the final equation is rendered in high quality PDF form instantly and securely via Zengobi’s server and inserted into your idea space.
Focus on a specific branch in a mind map or list, or perhaps a particular figure on a busy idea space such as an album or text figure with a quick keypress. Instantly all other figures on the idea space will become transparent allowing you to concentrate on the task at hand.
If the selected figures are parent figures in a hierarchical collection such as a list or mind map then any existing or new child nodes inherit focus as well.
When you’re done, the same quick keypress turns off focus mode and everything is restored.
Curio’s markdown functionality now includes support for block quotes and code blocks!
We’ve added two new album arrangements to our existing arrangement, shown here in the first image.
The second sample image demonstrates Curio’s new unpacked columns layout and the last image shows off our new row-based layout.
Independent of a figure’s due date, you can now set either manually or automatically a figure’s done date, marking the date the task was actually completed.
Figures also have an added date, which is set by Curio automatically when you add a figure to an idea space, but can be changed if you’re trying to mark a specific date of entry for note-taking or research purposes.
These new dates can be used for sorting in lists, mind maps, and stacks, plus used as search criteria in the Search shelf.
Want to request or contribute a video?
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.