Curio
Curio 8.6.3
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Curio is the premier brainstorming and project-management application designed to promote visual thinking. Using Curio's innovative freeform interface and tools, you can intuitively gather, associate, and recall your ideas, while easily managing all the notes and documents associated with your project.

The heart of Curio is the idea space. Think of idea spaces as your whiteboard, notebook, and sketchpad all wrapped up into one. Within a Curio project, you can create an unlimited number of idea spaces where you can place anything anywhere on the page. Brainstorm or
What's New
Version 8.6.3:

OS X 10.9 Tweaks and Notes
  • Fixed an OS X 10.9 Mavericks-only problem where Evernote OAuth authentication was not working correctly so you couldn't login to your account via the Curio Evernote shelf.
  • You may want to read over the Mavericks-related changes made in Curio 8.6.2, including those that impact PDFViews in zoomed idea spaces.
Evernote 3rd Party App Rate Limits
Evernote has announced that they're imposing rate limits on all 3rd party apps starting November 1st. These new restrictions will limit the number of calls a 3rd party app can make to the Evernote cloud within a 1-hour period. Therefore several changes were made to Curio's Evernote shelf so we greatly reduce the number of calls made to the Evernote cloud.
  • Curio will no longer automatically download all notes in the selected notebook to the local cache.
  • Instead we will only auto-download the first 5 notes in the result list. This number can be modified using Terminal, although don't make it too high or you could hit the rate limit:
    defaults write com.zengobi.curio "Evernote Auto Download Limit" -int 5
  • When you select any note in the result list, if it isn't already local, Curio will then immediately download it from the cloud.
  • A note will now clearly indicate if it is on the Evernote cloud, is being downloaded, or is in the local cache, as shown below.
  • Instead of downloading the note's resources and recognition data as separate calls to the cloud the entire note is grabbed with a single call which is much more efficient.
  • Once a note is local you can hit spacebar to preview it, double-click to open it, or drag it to an idea space to embed a copy of the note in your project.
Other Fixes
  • Converting a scribble region to or from an image figure is now working correctly on Retina Macs, even with a mix of connected Retina and non-Retina displays.
  • Fixed an issue where image figures located near a page break boundary printed or exported to PDF would sometimes appear on both sides of the page break.
Version 8.6.3:

OS X 10.9 Tweaks and Notes
  • Fixed an OS X 10.9 Mavericks-only problem where Evernote OAuth authentication was not working correctly so you couldn't login to your account via the Curio Evernote shelf.
  • You may want to read over the Mavericks-related changes made in Curio 8.6.2, including those that impact PDFViews in zoomed idea more...
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.7.4 or later





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Mattstrete reviewed on 23 Oct 2013
To add two things to my earlier review:

1. Curio's developer recently released version 8.6.3 of Curio to coincide with the public release of Mavericks. What the release notes do not reveal is that the developer made Curio fully Mavericks compatible within one or two days of the first Mavericks developer preview. As usual, utterly impressive commitment from the developer. I have had no problem in committing my entire professional document base to Curio as I know that the developer will always be there to ensure that Curio continues to work, come what may.

2. I have recently started to use Curio as a fully-fledged task management application. It has replaced my previous dedicated to-do app (which I won't name directly for the moment). It's a little too much to describe in this short review, but trust me, one can use Curio as a complete to-do manager which makes other dedicated to-do apps look weak by comparison. The chief advantage which Curio has in this regard is its flexibility, its ability to interlink with other Curio projects on which one might be working, and its seamless integration with iCal (oops, "Calendar" and iCloud) and Busycal (and with the Reminders app). Curio has a dedicated to-do pane which lists one's tasks with their due dates, and simply by clicking on any entry listed in this view, one will be taken directly to the task as it appears either in one's dedicated "to-do" project, or in any other project in which one created the task in the first place. Fantastic.
[Version 8.6.3]


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Sherman Wilcox commented on 08 Sep 2013
I've tried them all: Yojimbo, DevonThink, Together ... you name it. Curio is VERY VERY good. I'm still wrapping my mind around how to use it most effectively for my work (academic researcher/writer). It is changing the way I work. It remains to be seen whether this is good or bad for my productivity. In some ways it works just the way I want (love that I can copy links from Bookends). In other ways I still find myself stumbling over how I want to do things with Curio. By that, I don't really mean "learning how to use Curio." I mean figuring out how Curio and I can come together for a more effective workflow.

No review from me yet, because I'm still too new with this amazing piece of software.
[Version 8.6.2]

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AshBP replied on 11 Jan 2014
Not a review either since I just downloaded the trial... but, did you ever figure out how to use it for academic research? Trying to figure out if this would be great for dissertation (UGH) organization, writing... I am trying powerpoint in a note card way with notes and original file name. I guess I'm old school ;-) Otherwise, I just procrastinate with trying to find the best ( which I have done, but it's not a good use of time...) Thanks!!!
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Mar6473 replied on 28 Jan 2014
@AshBP I've been using Curio for several years now and I recently completed an MA using Evernote and Curio together. The challenge for Curio is that you have to figure out your own workflow and then stick with it. I dump all my reading notes and web research into Evernote. Then, I organize it in Curio using outlines, mind maps and by grouping clusters of ideas. I grab the "note link" from Evernote and paste them into Curio for reference. I make lists of points I want make in Curio and link to the source in Evernote or my bibliography manager. When I do the actual writing, I use a word processor in a window next my Curio outline. You can check off items in Curio as you cover them in your paper and rearrange things in Curio as needed. This has worked well for me.
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Maclover1.1 reviewed on 02 Sep 2013
How on Earth had I not yet tried this piece of magic ? It's a little hard commenting on it specifically.. but it opens doors, so many doors.. In a sense it's up there with DevonThink (though a different beast).. meaning it can adapt to one's creative organisational whims. Have only "dabbled" with it for a couple of days and can already see it as a hub for managing projects, clients, planning etc.. This is top-notch software ;0)
[Version 8.6.2]


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Macbookpro commented on 23 Apr 2013
8.5.1 is out...According to the developer...
Important Fix!
Yesterday's Curio 8.5 release may have moved some personal Scrapbook items to your Trash! Please recover them and make sure to install 8.5.1 immediately.

Release notes are here. http://www.zengobi.com/support/articles/AR080500.html
[Version 8.5]

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Macbookpro replied on 23 Apr 2013
8.5.1 notes are here... http://www.zengobi.com/support/articles/AR080501.html
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Mattstrete reviewed on 22 Apr 2013
Curio version 8.5 is out.

I have been using Curio all day, every day in my practise as a lawyer since a few months after switching to Mac - about three years ago.

This is hands down the most powerful program available for the Mac. Despite its incredible power, it is incredibly simple to use.

Curio provides the best, and in my view, the only way to properly organise and work with PDF documents and has allowed me to run a completely paperless practice, both in court and in the office.

Even more importantly, George Browning, the developer, is incredibly approachable and regularly incorporates suggestions and reported fixes into regular point releases of Curio. I have never encountered a developer who is more helpful and engaging in this regard.

If your work, or hobby, involves collecting, organising, linking between and manipulating PDF (or other) documents (and much else besides) you owe it to yourself to try out Curio.

Thank you, George, for creating Curio.
[Version 8.4.2]


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Macbookpro commented on 28 Feb 2013
8.3 is out....http://www.zengobi.com/support/articles/AR080300.html
[Version 8.2]

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sjk replied on 28 Feb 2013
As Warren mentioned earlier, you can also submit updates here: http://macupdate.com/developers/update/
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Macbookpro replied on 28 Feb 2013
I am not the developer.
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sjk replied on 01 Mar 2013
AFAIK anyone with an account can submit product updates for MU listings; it's not limited to developers.
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Macbookpro replied on 13 Mar 2013
Thanks...I did not know that.
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DrJJWMac reviewed on 27 Feb 2013
This app works in the paradigm of an Idea Space ... a black page where you develop your ideas. It includes a wide range of options to what you can insert on the Idea Space ... mind maps, images, Web links and page views, screen captures, lists, tables, drawings ... It also has meta-content management of such things as resources, tags, start/due dates, and completion status.

The desires of some folks to have more specific features (such as a wider set of mind maps or vector-drawing or spreadsheet calculations in tables or scripting or ...) aside, I believe you would be hard-pressed to find any other one single app by itself with the shear breadth of story-boarding, brainstorming, idea development, and project management features offered in Curio. All of this is packaged nicely in UI, making it easy to learn to use in an adept way.

This app is an invaluable part of my workflow. I use it to brainstorm, keep track of discussions from meetings, develop lecture content, and track the big-picture status of projects (linked via URLs to OmniFocus as well).

The developer ranks in the class of top-notch for his rapid responses to email and questions in the forums.

If this app seems in any way to fit what you think you need ... go for it! You will not regret it.
[Version 8.2]


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Macbookpro commented on 10 Jan 2013
8.0.8 is out. http://www.zengobi.com/support/articles/AR080008.html
[Version 8.0.7]

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MacUpdate-Warren replied on 10 Jan 2013
Thanks!

FYI, you can also submit updates here: http://macupdate.com/developers/update/
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Christophergrant reviewed on 17 Dec 2012
PROS: A great repository for just about everything, in my case brainstorming and mood boarding. It's fast, even with large video, audio, and image files. Pleasing interface with Retina support. Uncluttered UI. Loads of options. Integration into Calendar along with Evernote useful.
CONS: I used to be critical of the apps less than esthetic appeal, with this new version I really have nothing I can gripe about. If I 'had' to find something (and I'm really nit-picking here), I'd say that the mind-maps could use more options. Some may find the price a bit high, but if fits your needs, the price is quite fair.
VERDICT: This app lives on my MBPr. As an artist I've found it invaluable for brainstorming and mood boarding though it has far more versatility than just these two usages. I'd highly recommend taking the trial for a test spin. It's still got a few bugs in it as of 8.0.7, but very few and the developer is regularly putting out updates.
[Version 8.0.7]


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Macbookpro commented on 12 Dec 2012
Curio 8.0.7 is out. Just saw this when I opened it this morning.
http://www.zengobi.com/support/articles/AR080007.html
[Version 8.0.6]


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Maclover1.1 had trouble on 16 Dec 2013
Second app I cannot use since upgrading to 10.9.1. earlier today. The other app being Chronosync. I can open both apps but cannot open their files or create new ones.. Weirdness. Two apps I use veeeeery regularly.. I'm screwed.
[Version 8.6.3]



ExtremeXS rated on 01 Dec 2013

[Version 8.6.3]



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Blloyd rated on 22 Apr 2013

[Version 8.5]



JamesBond9408 rated on 13 Mar 2013

[Version 8.3]



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Burdzy rated on 26 Oct 2012

[Version 8.0.1]



cantor rated on 06 Jun 2012

[Version 7.4.3]



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Macferi rated on 28 May 2012

[Version 7.4.2]



zhezheng rated on 17 May 2012

[Version 7.4.2]



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klampert rated on 03 Apr 2012

[Version 7.4.2]



Ricardo_griffith_2008 rated on 05 Dec 2011

[Version 7.4.2]



Msadeghi rated on 09 Jun 2011

[Version 7.4.2]


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Date:23 Oct 2013
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Curio is the premier brainstorming and project-management application designed to promote visual thinking. Using Curio's innovative freeform interface and tools, you can intuitively gather, associate, and recall your ideas, while easily managing all the notes and documents associated with your project.

The heart of Curio is the idea space. Think of idea spaces as your whiteboard, notebook, and sketchpad all wrapped up into one. Within a Curio project, you can create an unlimited number of idea spaces where you can place anything anywhere on the page. Brainstorm or organize your notes with freeform collages of text, images, URLs, documents, Mail messages, movies, and sounds. Give the idea space a note paper or graph paper style, or perhaps a linen paper texture. This is your idea space, with your notes and ideas. Make it the way you want it to look.


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