Curio
Curio
14.1

5.0

Curio free download for Mac

Curio14.1

22 June 2020

Brainstorming and project-management app.

Overview

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.

Curio is available in three different editions: Professional, Standard, and Core so customers can purchase based on their feature needs. Pricing information can be found here.

What's new in Curio

Version 14.1:
Features:

Deep Hyperlinks:

  • Copy As Hyperlink can now encode deeper link information about the selected figure. Specifically:
    • If you've selected a range of text in a text figure, or
    • If you've selected a range of text on a page in a PDF figure, or
    • If you're playing back a video or audio figure on the idea space,
    • ... then when you choose Copy As Hyperlink, the link will include those specific details.
    • Clicking the resulting hyperlink, whether it's in Curio or another application, will tell Curio to jump to that project, that idea space, and that figure, then set the selection of that text figure or PDF figure, or start playing back the media at that location.

AppleScript:

  • Hyperlinks created using our AppleScript interface, like for our integration with Hook, will automatically pick up these deeper link details if the selected figure is being edited or played.
Retina Images During HTML Export:
  • During HTML export on Retina systems, the resulting images are now 144 dpi Retina instead of 72 dpi, which results in much sharper images!
  • The image tags in the bundled HTML export templates include width and height properties so images are rendered in browsers with correct sizes on Retina or non-Retina systems
  • You can force non-Retina HTML exports if you wish

Optional Pixelated Rendering:

  • Curio now supports a preference override which you can set to pixelated so you can tell the browser to not smooth idea space images
  • This is especially useful for non-Retina exports. Turns out browsers automatically smooth resized images, including when scaling up non-Retina images to Retina pixels, which tends to subtly blur these images. If the image contains text, like an idea space image export, then the resulting smoothed image can make the text look a bit blurry
  • The solution is to set a CSS image-rendering property to pixelated in our HTML export templates which tells the browser to display the image as-is and not apply any smoothing

Retina Images During Image Export:

  • Like our HTML exports, during image export on Retina systems, the resulting images are now 144 dpi Retina instead of 72 dpi, which results in much sharper images!
  • Image viewers that support the embedded DPI, like Apple's Preview app for example, will display these correctly regardless of system
  • You can force non-Retina image exports if you wish. You may need to do this if your image viewer doesn't support embedded DPI values and instead displays a double-sized image

Miscellaneous:

  • Idea Space Dimensions
    • If idea space dimensions are set to auto expand by points, they will now increase by 100 points by default (previously it was 20). This is the same as the Insert > Space menu items and can be customized
    • Insert Space and Collections
    • If an item is selected within a collection figure, like a mind map node in a mind map, then Insert > Space will now increase the space between the collection figure itself and neighboring figures. (Previously this would do nothing since you can't insert space within a collection, but we thought this new option would be more useful)
  • Orthogonal Lines
    • Significant improvements were made when drawing orthogonal lines so turns are more logical
  • Hook URL's
    • Nicer link text when adding a Hook URL as a reference or when pasting a Hook URL onto an idea space
  • HEIC Image Previews
    • Curio now always generates much faster previews for HEIC images dragged into idea spaces since they are so slow to load and render natively

Fixes:

  • To work around a Catalina-iCloud hanging issue, if the Curio project is on an iCloud-synced folder, then during quit instead of moving assets marked for deletion to the Finder Trash, Curio will simply remove them
  • Fixed issue where some idea spaces may have been erroneously marked as needing an updated preview
  • Fixed issue where some internal asset .data files were unnecessarily refreshing their stored data, potentially causing a cloud sync of essentially unchanged files
  • During quit, Curio will no longer spend time generating previews for idea space assets that are marked for deletion in the Organizer Trash
  • Auto-spacing of figures only kicks in when you resize figures, not when you move figures, as per the spec
  • Fix to master template collection style propagation so that styles associated with all hierarchical levels, even those not currently displayed in the master's collection, are propagated to all instances of that collection
  • Fixed markdown issue so that markdown within an inline code block (such as: This is a test of a `one_item and two_item` within the inline code block.) is ignored and instead rendered-as is
  • Fixed a rare crash if waking from sleep and the Library shelf is visible and searching a transient or unavailable folder, like an iCloud folder
  • When creating asset figures, Curio now recognizes uppercase media file extensions (like MP3) instead of just lowercase (like mp3)
  • Safety check when Calendar syncing to avoid potential crash if bad or invalid item title
  • When applying master to instances the auto-spacing algorithm is temporarily turned off so figures aren't moved about
  • Fixed an issue where the {%IdeaspaceTitle%} variable may sometimes report the date instead of the title
  • Fixed error that could occur if Curio is unable to find a project referenced by a hyperlink or jump target
  • Fixed issue where autospacing in a default style could result in misplaced figures on figure creation
  • When you reset a default figure style via the Format menu the selected figure gets the reset default styling
  • Tweaks to hopefully fix a rare Catalina issue where the text insertion point sometimes disappears
  • If rulers are visible, the idea space content area no longer jumps when switching between idea spaces
  • Local Library now ignores dtBase2 extensions
  • Tweak to the Simple journal template

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How would you rate Curio app?

6 Reviews of Curio

5
Haevuus
24 April 2020
Version: 13.2

Most helpful

This is the first “project management” app that actually helps me be productive. And I have tried them all, I think. With most software in this category, I find that I spend more time working on the *application* than I do working on the *project*. Curio has a delightfully accessible learning curve, and I was able to be actually working within 30 minutes of installation. In fact, my first use of the tool allowed a breakthrough on a stalled project. ‘Nuff said.
(1)
5
Macbookpro
24 May 2020
Version: 14.0
This app helps not only with projects, but with generating and organizing ideas. The ease of using idea spaces to put down thoughts with text, notecards, lists and more along with storing and viewing PDFs and images is worth the price.
(0)
5
Haevuus
24 April 2020
Version: 13.2
This is the first “project management” app that actually helps me be productive. And I have tried them all, I think. With most software in this category, I find that I spend more time working on the *application* than I do working on the *project*. Curio has a delightfully accessible learning curve, and I was able to be actually working within 30 minutes of installation. In fact, my first use of the tool allowed a breakthrough on a stalled project. ‘Nuff said.
(1)
5
sinbaddo
23 April 2020
Version: 13.2
I use mac 16”, pad pro 11”, iPhone pro11,.. all kinds of latest stuff but curio is the only thing I ve never changed from the beginning. I always come back to it in the end somehow. Amazing app.
(0)
Macbookpro
04 April 2019
Version: 12.2.1
Version 13 is out.
(0)
5
szeoli-1
25 April 2018
Version: 12.0
Leonardo da Vinci would have loved Curio, because it would have allowed him to be a brilliant polymath in multiple media with its master-craftsman's set of tools. I'm not Leonardo, but I find Curio's unlimited white board approach to be enticing and I probably only use about 25% of Curio's tools. No other app allows you to craft your information in as many ways: outlines, text, mind maps, tables, lists, images, index cards, multi-media. The app may seem expensive to some, but it can replace about five other apps. I'm impressed.
(3)
5
Macbookpro
25 April 2018
Version: 12.0
Love this app for organizing information, brainstorming, planning and more. There are different prices depending on features. Make sure you get the one that fits your needs.
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