Curio

Version: 5.2 || Release Date: 2008-10-27 || License: Commercial with demo ($90) Developer: Zengobi | App Owner: misham

Curio is the ultimate brainstorming and project management application — a flexible and powerful environment which promotes visual thinking for gathering and shaping your ideas, while managing all the notes and documents associated with your project. Curio's intuitive interface and tools encourage effective note gathering, research, and creative exploration. Its freeform, open environment encourages users to more easily visualize, associate, and recall information.

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5 Opinions

Curio does so much it is hard to get your head around it. It is a whiteboard, a drawing application, a mind mapper, a document repository, and a presentation tool all rolled up into one. I find it a great place to brainstorm a new project. It sees near-daily use in my workflow as a slideware alternative for presentations. (My students ask me how I write on my PowerPoint slides like that. I tell them the first thing they have to understand is that those are not PowerPoint slides.)

This is a great app! My main use to date has been to build tutorials for myself when I'm learning new things. For example, I spent a lot of time using Eclipse to learn JSPs and other J2EE technologies with JBoss. Getting all the versions of the various tools and examples to mesh is a challenge, so I make notes, clip URLs, and save screenshots and output logs in Curio so I can remember how to get things working.

Wow! I'm surprised more people don't use this and haven't commented on it. It's really a great app, and for the price, it blows the Omni stuff out of the water. I use it to take notes at meetings with my clients, diagram out story/plot lines, etc. It's a slick piece of software.

Like the many other programs of its general kind, Curio tries to sell itself with a new-agey pitch about transforming your brain, or something. But really the point is just that it's surprisingly helpful to be able to spread out an entire intellectual project, and everything connected to it, on an enormous table. Curio lets you do this very well, making the results look good with minimal effort on your part. And the amount of additional structure you impose on your stuff is, within a very wide range, up to you. So I use it for writing lecture notes and calculations (with a Wacom graphics tablet), for maintaining a scrapbook of current research in my field, and for brainstorming in my own research projects.

They are offering free license until August 7, 2006