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Introduction

Curiota's main purpose in life is to help you collect notes and files.

But, wait a minute, tons of apps do that, so what makes Curiota unique?

  1. Curiota has a completely open method for storing your items so there's no proprietary database or file format which means no database corruption issues and no vendor lock-in. Your notes and files will be safe and accessible for decades, even outside of Curiota.
  2. Curiota gives you numerous ways to easily make and collect notes and files, with a intuitive interface to browse and search through those collected items, all while running silently in the background, staying out of your way, and using very little memory or CPU.
  3. You choose where Curiota stores the notes and files you collect, which can be anywhere on your Mac, including within a synced folder such as Dropbox or iCloud Drive.
  4. Curiota can integrate with our Curio and Curio Express products, as described below. 😉 But neither app is required if you just want to use Curiota by itself.

It's pronounced "Curio-ta" ("kyoo-reeO-ta").

Features new to the latest release are highlighted like this to make them easy to spot.

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Notes and Files

Curiota manages two types of data: notes and files. Let's describe these items a bit more...

Notes

A Curiota note is a short piece of information, a jotting, a snippet, an idea.

Here are some examples:

  • Notes on a great book you just read.
  • Things to tackle before a weekend trip.
  • Plumber recommendations.
  • A geeky tip you learned in a tweet.
  • Gift ideas for your son.
  • A great recipe for banana bread.
  • Restaurant suggestions for a future date night.
  • A nifty code routine.
  • Some quick notes from a phone call with a friend.

Perhaps you're making notes like these in another product. One that stores all of your information in some cloud-based server, or a local database, or a proprietary file format.

Curiota stores its notes in individual, neatly organized, RTF document files. RTF is a standard, open format for storing rich text information. These files are searchable, thanks to Spotlight, and you can always directly access your data even outside of Curiota for decades to come.

And Curiota's interface to create and edit these notes is simple, easy to use, and instantly accessible.

Files

Anything else that you've dragged into Curiota is considered a file. These could be files from the Finder, a message from Mail, or an image from Safari.

Support

If you need any assistance, please visit the Curiota forums to talk with other Curiota users, or send an email to support@zengobi.com and we'll write back as quickly as possible.

Getting Started

It's incredibly easy to get going with Curiota so let's begin.

Installation

Curiota is available for free from the Apple Mac App Store so click the big button here to download it:

Download Curiota from the Mac App Store

The Mac App Store app will take care of downloading and installing Curiota, and keeping up with future updates.

Setup

Curiota needs a folder to store all the notes and files you collect.

On first launch, Curiota will ask you to either create a new folder named "Curiota", or choose an existing folder named "Curiota".

This folder must be named "Curiota" but it can be located anywhere on your Mac, including within a synced folder such as Dropbox or iCloud Drive.

Important!
Curiota uses the OS X Spotlight service to find notes and files stored in the specified storage folder. Please make sure to create this storage folder in a location that isn't hidden from Spotlight via System Preferences > Spotlight > Privacy.

Automatically Launch at Login

Curiota will then ask you if you want it to automatically launch itself when you login so it's always ready for you. This can be also configured through its Preferences, as described below.

Moving the Curiota Folder

If you wish to move the Curiota storage folder simply quit Curiota, move the folder using the Finder, then re-launch Curiota. Curiota will ask you to re-locate the new location of your storage folder then you're good to go.

That's It!

Curiota is now ready and available. If you have any issues then check out the Troubleshooting section below.

Your Curiota Library

Clicking the Curiota icon near the top-right corner of the menu bar will reveal the Curiota library interface.

To the right, you'll find a screenshot of Curiota displaying notes and another screenshot showing files.

Let's take a tour of the library user interface from top to bottom...

Toggling the Library

The library button at the top-left corner of the window can be used to switch between the library view and the note view, which you'll learn more about below. You can also use the left and right swipe gesture to move between the library and the currently edited note.

Choose a Collection

Use the popup at the top of the window to choose the collection you're currently viewing, or All Collections if you want everything. More information about collections is below.

Add a Note

Click the + button or press ⌘N to add a new note. As you'll learn below, you can also assign a global keyboard shortcut to instantly bring up the Curiota new note window even if you're in another application.

By default the new note will be created in the active collection within the library, else the Inbox collection if currently viewing All Collections, but you can always change that location in the note editor.

Actions Menu

Clicking the actions button will reveal a menu where you can view preferences; add, modify, or delete collections; check out the awesome about box; get more help; or quit the application (⌘Q).

Working with Collections

Curiota starts you off with a default collection, Inbox, but you can create your own such as Personal and Work to help you keep your notes and files organized. Specify an optional color to make those personal collection titles really stand out.

You can even create nested collections such as Work/ProjectA, thus allowing you to find all Work items, recursively, or only those in the ProjectA child collection. Child collections inherit their parent's coloring unless one is specified.

As a note, for maximum compatibility with various sync services, collection names will be stripped of any of the following letters: /\?%*:|"<>.

Results Area

The main content area of the window contains the list of the notes or files in the selected collection.

You can perform the following actions on those items:

  • Double-click on an item to open it, specifically:
    • Notes will be opened with Curiota's integrated note editor.
    • Files will be opened using the appropriate default app.
  • Right-click on one more more selected items to:
    • Move the items to another collection.
    • Go the selected item's collection.
    • Rename a single selected file. If you delete the extension it will be automatically appended. Notes cannot be renamed using this method as a note's file name is based on its title, so you have to edit its title in the Curiota note editor, instead.
    • Create a new note using the selected note as a template.
    • Open the items using the Finder. For notes, since they are stored as RTF or RTFD documents, this can open the note in TextEdit.
    • Open the items with a specific app.
    • Reveal the items in the Finder.
    • Open and immediately print the items using the appropriate default apps, then quit those apps.
    • Delete the items, which sends them to the Trash.
    • Convert one or more selected text files into Curiota notes.
  • Right-click on one of the group headings to expand or collapse all groupings.
  • Keyboard shortcuts:
    • Press Delete or Backspace to send the selected items to the Trash.
    • Press Spacebar to show the Quick Look preview for the selected items.
    • Press Return to edit the title of a selected file, or if a note is selected, open the note using Curiota's integrated note editor.
    • Press ⌘Return to open the selected items using the Finder.
    • Press ⌃⇧→ to edit the selected note then, once in the note editor, you can press ⌃⇧← or Escape to come back to the library.
    • Press ⌃⌥→ to change the active collection to the selected item's collection.
    • Press ⌃⌥← or ⌘↑ to change the active collection to the parent of the current collection.
  • Drag a selection of items out of the library to the Desktop, Finder, or elsewhere to copy those files to that location.
  • Drag files and images from outside of Curiota into the library, in the same manner as drag-and-dropping to the Curiota menu icon as detailed below. If a specific collection is selected then the dropped items are added to that collection, otherwise if All Collections is selected, they're added to your Inbox collection.
Showing Notes or Files

Use the segmented button on the bottom-left corner to choose whether the library should display all items, only notes, or only files.

Sorting the Results

Use the sort button to change how the results are grouped and sorted. You can choose both a primary and secondary sort, the primary sort is also used to group the results.

Available sort options include title, date created, date modified, date added, and kind. For each, you can choose either an ascending or descending sort.

For example, sort your items first by last modified date in descending order then by title in ascending order. The result would be your most recent items are at the top, organized into last modified year and month groupings ("January 2016" then "December 2015"), and then within each grouping, notes would be listed in alphabetical order based on their title.

Sorting By Kind

If showing either All or Files, you may choose a primary sort of Kind. This will group files into general Spotlight-like categories such as Movies, Audio, PDF Documents, Images, Documents, etc.

If Kind is chosen for All/Files then Notes will maintain its own independent sorting criteria.

Searching

Enter an optional search phrase (press ⌘F to jump to the search field) to filter the results list:

  • Type any phrase to search file contents and titles for that phrase.
  • Prefix the search criteria with a ' (single quote) and only titles will be searched, not content.
  • Prefix the search criteria with a . (period) and extensions will be searched.
  • Use commas to add additional criteria which will be and'ed together.

For example, searching for collaboration, 'curiota, .pdf will find all matches that have the word collaboration in the content or title, and the word curiota in the title, and have a file extension of .pdf.

Refreshing the Search Results

While the Curiota window is up, the query for results is running quietly in the background which means the results should refresh themselves automatically.

However, if necessary, you can force a refresh by pressing ⌘R or by clicking the refresh button to the right of the search field.

Search Options

Click the little magnifying glass in the search field to select a recent search or to toggle a search preference, such as:

  • Search Partial Words
    Curiota automatically appends an asterisk wildcard so you can type "mac" and find content with "mac", "macs", and "macintosh". You can toggle this setting off if you want "mac" to only match "mac".
Resizing the Window

The Curiota window remains open even when you switch to another application so you can refer to your notes and for easy easy note-taking and drag-and-drop of images. The window itself is resizable and will appear on top of full screen applications. Hold the ⌥ (Option) key down while resizing to resize the width bidirectionally.

Closing the Window

You can click the Curiota menu icon, or press Escape or ⌘W to close the Curiota window.

Quitting Curiota

You can quit Curiota by choose the Quit menu item in the actions menu, or just press ⌘Q.

Making Notes

Click the + button or press ⌘N to add a new note. As you'll learn below, you can also assign a global keyboard shortcut that will bring up the new Curiota note window even if you're in another application.

If you're currently viewing or editing an existing note then the new note will be created in the same collection, but you can always change that location using the collection popup.

Using the Note Editor

Notes are very simple: a title field and a note area. The title is optional; you can enter one if you wish. Notes are rich text, just press ⌘T for the standard Font chooser, and you can paste or drag in images. Curiota will automatically save the note, and the selected text range and cursor position, when you close the window or go back to the library.

The underlying file name for the note, which is displayed in the library, will use the specified title, if it exists, or the first few words of the note content.

Choosing a Collection

Your note will be stored in the collection indicated in the popup at the top of the window. If you wish to save the note in a different collection, simply choose a different collection and Curiota will move the note. See above for more details on adding and modifying collections.

Finding within a Note

Press ⌘F to find text within a note using the standard find bar. You can use the buttons on the find bar to find the next (⌘G) or previous (⇧⌘G) found instance. The find bar also supports selectively replacing found text with new text.

Resizing the Window

The Curiota window remains open even when you switch to another application so you can refer to your notes and for easy easy note-taking and drag-and-drop of images. The window itself is resizable and will appear on top of full screen applications. Hold the ⌥ (Option) key down while resizing to resize the width bidirectionally.

Saving your Note

Curiota will make sure your note is saved automatically if you go to another note, close the window, go back to the library, etc. You can click the Save button at the bottom of the window to manually save your note if you wish.

Closing the Note Window

Press ⌘W to close the note window. Changes to your current note will be automatically saved first, if necessary.

Adding a New Note

Press the + button or press ⌘N to add a new note. Changes to your current note will be automatically saved first, if necessary.

Your new note will be created in the same collection as the current note, but you can always change that location using the collection popup.

Navigating Through Notes

If the note is in the current library result list then you can move to the previous (⌥⌘←) or next (⌥⌘→) note using the buttons at the bottom of the window. Changes to your current note will be automatically saved before navigating away, if necessary.

Going Back to the Library

There are several ways to go back to the library:

  • Press Escape.
  • Click on the Library button in the top-left corner to go back to the library, click the button again to return to the current note.
  • Use a left-swipe gesture (2-finger swipe with mouse, 3-finger swipe with trackpad) to go back to the library then, when you're in the library, you can right-swipe to return to the current note.
  • Press ⌃⇧← to back to the library then, once in the library, you can press ⌃⇧→ to go into another selected note.
Customizing the Note View

If you right-click on the note content area, you can toggle smart copy/paste, smart quotes, smart dashes, smart links, data detectors, text replacement, spell checking, grammar checking, and automatic correct spelling, and these settings are stored to your global preferences and will be restored when you view future notes.

Create a Note From an Existing Note

You can also create a brand new note using an existing note as a template. Simply right-click on a note in the library, then choose New Note With Selected As Template. A duplicate of the note will be added to your library, with a modified title to indicate it's a copy, and you will begin editing this new note.

Dragging in Files, Images, and Text

Dragging to the Menu Bar Icon

You can drag files, images, and text directly to the Curiota menu bar icon to instantly add them to your Curiota Inbox collection. This operation works even if the Curiota window itself is not open.

  • Files dragged in from the Finder or another application will be copied into Curiota by default, or you can hold the ⌥ (Option) key while dragging to move files into Curiota, thus removing them from their original location.
  • An image dragged in from your web browser or another application will be added as a new Curiota image file.
  • A web link dragged in from your web browser's location bar will be added as a new Curiota webloc file.
  • Selected text (plain text, rich text, or rich text with images) dragged in from your web browser or another application will be added as a new Curiota note. If the text came from a browser, and the originating URL can also be found on the clipboard, then an attribution line is appended to the dragged-in text, so you can get back to the original source.

While dragging over the menu icon the icon color will change so you know Curiota is going to accept your drop.

Dragging to the Library

As mentioned above, you can also drag to the Curiota library window. If a specific collection is currently being viewed then the dropped items are added to that collection otherwise, if All Collections is selected, they're added to your Inbox collection.

Importing Text Files as Curiota Notes

If one or more of the dragged-in files are text files (files with an rtf, rtfd, or text extension) then Curiota will ask if they should be converted into Curiota notes automatically or simply brought in as regular files.

On a related note, at any time you can right-click on a file in the library and choose to convert it into a Curiota note if you wish.

Support for Aliases

Technically you can create an alias to a file by dragging in a file while holding down the ⌘ (Command) key. However, aliases are discouraged since, due to sandboxing restrictions, Curiota has pretty limited access to aliases: it cannot search into its contents, open it, print it, or even display a Quick Look thumbnail or preview. More technical details regarding aliases can be found below.

Integrating Curio and Curiota

Curiota extends Curio's functionality with the help of the Local library shelf, introduced in Curio 10.

The Local library uses the power of Spotlight to quickly find files on your hard disk using a number of criteria including text, tags, modification date, and kind of file.

Connecting Curio to Curiota
  1. Make sure you've downloaded and launched Curiota to set up your Curiota data folder.
  2. In Curio, click the Library toolbar button to see the Library shelf, then the Local tab in that shelf.
  3. In the Scope popup choose Connect to Curiota and locate your Curiota data folder.
  4. Your Scope popup will now show your available Curiota collections, including the default Inbox collection which you can choose to see all the notes and files you've been adding to Curiota.

If you ever move your Curiota folder you can use the Connect to Curiota option in Scope's Actions menu.

Scrapbook Migration

Once Curiota is installed, the next time you launch Curio your old, pre-Curio 10 Scrapbook asset library will be automatically converted into a Curiota "Scrapbook" collection.

During the migration, old asset library collections will be mapped to Curiota Scrapbook child collections. For example, if you had an asset associated with "School" then it will be migrated into a new Curiota "Scrapbook/School" collection.

Curio no longer supports Scrapbook related services — printing to Scrapbook, bookmarklets to Scrapbook, or a Services to Scrapbook — as Curiota handles all of this instead.

Customizing Curiota

Curiota has a preferences window accessible via its actions menu (or via ⌘-Comma) where you can change a number of settings.

General
  • Curiota Storage Folder
    If you wish to to see the current location of your Curiota storage folder or switch between multiple Curiota storage folders then you can do so here. However, if you wish to move your Curiota storage folder first quit Curiota, move the folder using the Finder, then re-launch Curiota and you will be asked to re-locate its new location automatically.
  • Launch At Login
    You can specify whether Curiota launches itself automatically at login so it's ready to go.
  • Close Window When Switching Apps
    If the Curiota notes window is open then it will remain open even if you activate another application, for easier note gathering and reference. However, you can tell Curiota to automatically close the window when switching to another app if you wish.
Notes
  • Keyboard Shortcut
    You can specify a global keyboard shortcut that will bring up the new Curiota note window even if you're in another application.
  • Default Note Font
    Specify the default font and font size to use when creating new notes.

More Ways to Add to Curiota

It's quite easy to bring more data into Curiota.

OS X Services Support

Curiota adds two items to the system-wide Services menu to help you bring content into Curiota:

  1. Add File to Curiota — this service option is available when you select a file in the Finder,
  2. Add Text as Curiota Note — this service option is available when you select a region of text in any application.

Important Tip: These service options can be enabled and given global keyboard shortcuts via System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts.

OS X Share Button Support

Curiota support the standard OS X Share button found in many app toolbars so you can send the browser's current page URL or selected text from your browser or another application to Curiota.

A share panel appears so you add or modify the text before adding the note to your Curiota inbox.

An attribution line also appears at the bottom, if the text came from a browser, so you can get back to the original source.

Note that the text grabbed via the Share extension is simply plain text, no fonts or links are preserved. As an alternative, you can drag-and-drop selected text directly to the Curiota icon which does preserve text attributes.

Save PDF to Curiota

Curiota supports a handy Save PDF to Curiota option in the Print dialog, however, due to sandboxing restrictions, this is not enabled by default.

Setup via Curio

If you happen to have a non-sandboxed version of Curio downloaded from our website, then it will set up this PDF Service automatically when you launch it. However, a sandboxed version of Curio — such as Curio Express downloaded from the Mac App Store — cannot do this.

Setup Manually

Fortunately, if you have to set up the PDF Service manually, this is very easy to do. You'll simply need to create an alias in your PDF Services folder pointing to the Curiota app:

  1. In the Finder, hold down the ⌥ (Option) key and click the Go menu then choose the Library menu item.
  2. A new Finder window will appear showing you the contents of the Library folder. Within Library create a new folder titled "PDF Services" if it doesn't already exist.
  3. Choose File > New Finder Window to bring up another window and go to your Applications folder.
  4. Find the Curiota application within the Applications folder and, while holding down the ⌥ (Option) and ⌘ (Command) keys, drag-and-drop the Curiota application to the PDF Services folder in the other Finder window. This will create an alias to Curiota.
  5. Rename this new Curiota alias to something like "Save PDF to Curiota".

That's it! The new Save PDF to Curiota option will now appear in standard Print dialogs in the PDF dropdown.

Bookmarklet

Curiota registers a curiota://command handler with OS X as another means of bringing in information.

Currently Curiota supports a single command on that special URL, importRemoteURL, and you can use it like so:

javascript:window.location='curiota://importRemoteURL/url='+escape(window.location);

This bookmarklet will grab the remote content, whether it be a web page or file such as a PDF or image, and bring it into Curiota. If the browser is on a web page then a paginated PDF is generated and stored for that page, and the PDF's title and author fields are set to the page's title and URL.

Quick Setup

Just drag the bookmark link here (Import into Curiota) directly to your browser's bookmarks bar to easily add this handy bookmarklet.

AppleScript/JavaScript Support

Easily add content to Curiota by creating your own scripts! Here are some examples.

Add a Note

tell application "Curiota" add note "Notes for our upcoming trip to London.\n\nDefinitely visit the London Eye.\n" with title "London Vacation" add file "/Users/stevej/Downloads/ReadMe.txt" by moving end tell

Add a File

Note that due to sandboxing restrictions, the add file AppleScript action will only work with files coming from your Downloads folder or subfolder.

You can specify a date for an added note or file using the add date clause, which may help if migrating notes/files from a different app or service into Curiota. For example, you can specify

add file "/Users/stevej/Downloads/ReadMe.txt" by moving with date dateToUse add note "A test note from the past." with date date ("6/12/2012")

Siri → Mail → Curiota Note

First, paste the following AppleScript code into a new Script Editor document and save it with the file name "Add as Curiota Note" in the ~/Library/Application Scripts/com.apple.mail folder (create that folder if necessary):

using terms from application "Mail" on perform mail action with messages theMessages for rule theRule repeat with theMessage in theMessages set theSubject to theMessage's subject set theBody to theMessage's content set AppleScript's text item delimiters to space set theTitle to (words 2 thru -1 of theSubject) as string -- get rid of the prefix word set AppleScript's text item delimiters to "" tell application "Curiota" add note theBody with title theTitle end tell set the read status of theMessage to true move theMessage to mailbox "Trash" of the account of (mailbox of theMessage) end repeat end perform mail action with messages end using terms from

Next, set up a Mail rule so if (a) the sender is you, and (b) the subject starts with "Note", then execute our special AppleScript file.

The resulting rule in Mail would look like this:

Then you can tell Siri on your iPhone: "send a mail to myself with the subject note check out rainbow colors", she'll ask what the message should say and you reply "the rainbow colors would be perfect for that new ad campaign for our new client". The message will be sent, then received by Mail on your Mac, the rule above will execute, and it will be automatically filed as a new note in Curiota, then deleted from your Mail Inbox. Later, when you use Curio, you can use the Local library tab to quickly find all new notes added to Curiota.

Internal Architecture

Curiota is made to be open and easily extensible. We're not going to force you into a proprietary database or software solution. Your data will be safe and accessible for decades.

Flexible Data Storage

You can choose the location where Curiota stores its data. This can be a normal folder, to keep your data local to your machine, or a synced folder, such as a Dropbox folder, for instant access to the same Curiota data storage across all of your Macs and devices.

Switching Storage Folders

You can use the Curiota preferences dialog, explained above, to change to a different Curiota storage folder if you need to keep multiple, distinctly separate storage folders. If you intend to use Curiota in this way, please let us know and perhaps we can implement a faster mechanism for switching between storage folders.

Moving the Storage Folder

You can easily move a Curiota storage folder if you wish. Simply quit Curiota first, move the Curiota folder using the Finder, then re-launch Curiota and you'll be automatically asked for the folder's new location. If you use Curio, as well, then you'll need to tell Curio's Local library the new Curiota storage folder location using the Scope's Actions menu.

Open Data Formats

Curiota stores all notes as standard RTF or RTFD (for text with images) files. This means Curiota is compatibile with Spotlight searching and you aren't locked into a proprietary data format or obscure SQLite database. All notes use the standard RTF Title field set to the specified title (or dynamically determined, based on the first few words in the note content), and the RTF Author field set to "Curiota Note" for quick identification and Spotlight querying. Likewise, Curiota notes and files all have a Finder tag set to "Curiota Note" or "Curiota File" for quick identification and Spotlight querying.

Open Directory Structure

An open directory structure allows us plenty of room to expand with future capabilities.

Curiota scans the data storage file hierarchy for notes and files dynamically to build its internal catalog of data. It relies on the files themselves for creation and modification dates. There is no central, ever-growing database that could get corrupted or needs to be synced.

Let's march down the file hierarchy:

Collections

There are two types of collections:

  1. Directories created for bundled collections are enclosed with brackets: [Inbox] and [Scrapbook].
  2. Directories created for user collections are enclosed with braces: {Personal} and {Work}.

For maximum compatibility with various sync services, collection names cannot have any of the following letters: /\?%*:|"<> (more info).

Collections can be nested, so under a {Personal} directory you may have a {Vacations} subdirectory.

Bins

Within each collection directory you'll find a directory for each data type that Curiota manages which we call a bin.

Bins are enclosed with parentheses: (Notes) and (Files).

Directories within Bins

While directories within bins are not required, Curiota will create year and month directories before storing any data files so all files are neatly organized, file name collisions are unlikely, and the number of files per folder is kept reasonable.

Also, thinking very long-term, it may be handy to have these date subfolders so memory or storage constrained devices can retrieve more recent data quickly, then much older data only as needed, as years from now you could have thousands of files and several gigabytes of data.

Notes

The file name for a note uses the user-specified note title, if it exists, or the first few words of the note content. Any problematic characters are removed: /\?%*:|"<> (more info).

The name is then cased so that "my REALLY cool title" turns into "My REALLY Cool Title". Notice that all-uppercased words are left as-is.

It will have either have an rtf or rtfd extension, the latter if the note contains any images.

If a note with the same file name already exists then an automatic count suffix is applied. In the unlikely event that Curiota can't determine an appropriate file name for a note then a datetime stamp is used.

Files

Files dragged into Curiota keep their original names where possible otherwise an automatic count suffix is applied.

Aliases

As mentioned above, Curiota can store an alias to a file if you wish. However, due to sandboxing restrictions, there are some important points to consider:

Library Limitations
  • Curiota cannot search into the contents of an aliased file, open it, print it, or even display a Quick Look thumbnail or preview.
  • However, you can delete the alias, move it to a different collection, or rename it.
  • Double-clicking an alias will reveal the resolved file in the Finder so you can open it manually.

Technical Notes
  • The resulting alias file that Curiota creates works from the Finder; it is not tied to Curiota.
  • If we ever produce a non-sandboxed version of Curiota, then it will be able to open and preview the aliases.
  • Other options we explored:
    • Using a security-scoped bookmark would allow Curiota to open and preview it but the resulting "alias" file in the Finder would be proprietary and tied to Curiota. It wouldn't work if you double-clicked it in the Finder, thus defeating the purpose of our open file architecture. They are also slower to resolve and not a good choice for libraries that could contain thousands of files.
    • We looked at Unix symbolic links (symlinks) but the resulting link file is ignored by Spotlight thus it won't appear in Curiota's library and they don't resolve correctly if the original is renamed or moved.

Sample Curiota File Hierarchy

Curiota Collections [Inbox] (Files) 2015 05 ReadMe.txt ReadMe 2.txt 06 Contract.pdf (Notes) 2015 05 London Vacation.rtf [Scrapbook] (Files) 2015 05 Project Plan.pages {Personal} {Vacations} (Files) 2015 12 Paris.pages (Notes) 2015 12 Food.rtf (Files) 2015 02 Finances.numbers (Notes) 2014 03 My Great Novel.rtf House Plans.rtfd

Troubleshooting

You can always contact support@zengobi.com or visit the Curiota forums to talk with other Curiota users, but here are some things to check out if you're having issues getting going:

Curiota Is Empty
  1. Curiota requires Spotlight to find notes and files so if you don't see anything, chances are it's a Spotlight issue.
  2. Make sure the Curiota folder isn't being blocked by Spotlight via System Preferences > Spotlight > Privacy. If a folder or disk volume that contains the Curiota folder is in the Privacy list then Curiota will not work.
  3. If it's not blocked then let's do a quick Spotlight test:
    1. Launch TextEdit, type findmeplease, sand save it as "Spotlight Test" on your Desktop, then quit TextEdit.
    2. Using the Finder, move that file directly into your Curiota storage folder.
    3. Use Spotlight (⌘-Spacebar) to search for findmeplease.
    4. If Spotlight doesn't find it then try these steps:
      1. Re-index the volume that contains the Curiota directory. This could take a while so be patient while Spotlight churns away. If you click on the Spotlight icon in the menu bar you can check its progress.
      2. Test Spotlight again by searching for findmeplease.
      3. If still no luck then, if you're on a pre-El Capitan release of OS X then use Disk Utility to Repair Disk Permissions. Then re-index and re-search.
Curio Isn't Displaying Curiota Items
  1. First, make sure you download, install, and set up Curiota, of course.
  2. Then, within Curio, click the Library toolbar button then choose the Local tab.
  3. Click the Scope popup then choose Connect to Curiota and choose the location of your Curiota storage folder.
  4. You can now choose a Curiota collection, or All Collections, under the Scope popup.
  5. If that's still not showing any of your Curiota notes or files then make sure Curiota itself displays items within its interface. See the above troubleshooting topic if necessary.

Advanced/Debug Options

Some items of interest to the advanced users out there...

Debug Menu

Hold ⌥⌘ and click the Curiota menu bar icon to show the debug menu where you can:

  1. Integrity Check
    An integrity check is performed the first time you click on the Curiota menu bar icon, during a launch session, but you can manually force an integrity check if you wish.
  2. Reveal Storage Folder
    Quickly reveal a Finder window disclosing the Curiota storage folder.
  3. List Collected Files
    Displays a list of all the collected files found within the Curiota storage folder. This may be handy if you want to verify the organization of the files and notes you've been collecting.
  4. List Collected Files Not In Bin
    Displays a list of all the files not correctly organized into an internal bin such as (Notes) or (Files), essentially unknown "floaters" within the Curiota file hierarchy. The resulting dialog includes a button you can click to move those files into the nearest collection files bin (else the Inbox) so you can use the Curiota library interface to manually move them into the appropriate collection. All collected files should be in a bin, but if you've been adding files directly to the storage folder manually, outside the Curiota interface, then this dialog may be handy.
  5. List Invalid Collection Folders
    Displays a list of all the folders that probably should be collections but they don't have names bounded by curly braces like {Example} that indicate they are collections. The resulting dialog includes a button you can click to fix those folders thus turning Project into {Project}.

Release History

Version 2.6

Additional lbrary and note editor keyboard shortcuts • Debug menu

Version 2.5

Sort library by kind • Set default note font • Improved Share sheet • "From" • attribution line for dragged-in browser text • Right-click menu bar icon menu • Storing source URL for dragged-in images and files • Bookmarklet PDF title and author fields • Search partial word support • Auto convert imported text files into notes • Right-click in library and choose to create a new note using the selected note as a template.

Version 2.0

New library view with browsing, searching, sorting, note editing • User-defined collections • Convert file to note.

Version 1.1

Preferences window and global keyboard shortcut • Bookmarklet now stores PDF of website • Fixed El Capitan rendering issues.

Version 1.0

Note window • Drag-and-drop to icon • Integration with Curio via Local • OS X Services • OS X Share • Save PDF • Browser bookmarklet • AppleScript.