Comment on Curio

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.