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Posted by Paul Korm
May 21, 2020 at 07:46 PM


Zengobi has released version 14 of Curio


>Take notes. Organize files. Collect research. Brainstorm in mind maps. Track tasks with a to-do list. 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.

I’ve used Curio for many projects and purposes over the last 10 years or so and have enjoyed its quality and approach to a visual notebook—far more feature rich than OneNote, Notebooks, NoteTaker or similar.  Curio 14 introduces lots of improvements.  If you don’t need a digital notebook then you don’t need Curio.  If you need a digital notebook then Curio is the best choice, I would suggest.

Just macOS, sorry.  No Windows.  No iOS/iPadOS.  Probably never for those.


Posted by Prion
May 22, 2020 at 01:48 PM


Curio has been one of the programs that haven’t quite clicked with me despite earnest attempts. There are enough smart people using and recommending Curio to make me think that I am approaching it in the wrong way or with wrong expectations.
I used it for on the spot brainstorming for which it was excellent, if a little close to what I could have done with Keynote at times. To me using it in the long-term for note-taking felt somehow “heavy”. Could you explain how you are using it and what features distinguish Curio from other such programs in your workflow?
This forum is about CRIMPing, right? I may need some help to justify giving it another try.


Posted by Paul Korm
May 22, 2020 at 02:26 PM


I think the examples shown on Zengobi’s website or in its YouTube channel show what I and (I assume) others do with Curio.

Note taking with Curio?  First question is “what is a note”?  The answer is different for each person I suppose.

I do not use Curio for note taking the way I use Dynalist—Curio is too slow and fiddly for me for use as an outliner.  I don’t use Curio (with macOS Sidecar or similar) to take hand written notes—for the same reasons.  But I do build up visual “note books” with Curio when I want to relate text to media to mind maps, etc., just as shown in the examples I mentioned.  For example, for years I’ve kept a daily journal whose pages resemble collages built up from text snippets, web clips, my own drawings, and other pieces.  Curio works well for me for this.

Like every other character in the CrimpUniverse—“what good is X?”  “It depends.”


Posted by Listerene
May 22, 2020 at 04:44 PM


For me, it’s one of those ‘sounds better in theory than it is in practice’ kind of deals.

I found its cumbersome factor way too high for its usefulness and, after a few months, I found myself asking “why am I doing this?” So I chalked up its purchase to a life-lesson and walked away from it.


Posted by Amontillado
May 22, 2020 at 08:03 PM


As always, different strokes for different folks.

I find Curio about as fast as One Note, if I’m using it similar to how I would use One Note. For instance, for a One Note-like experience, don’t add idea spaces, add RTF files.

To me, it’s like Tinderbox made easy to use - but I’m not a Tinderbox user, so I may not have an accurate or fair view of what Tinderbox does.


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