It can be hard to keep track of all your ideas, links, files, and tasks -- and their associated deadlines -- while working on projects such as thesis, a product launch, or lab experiment paper. For those projects and virtually any other, Curio for Mac can help you stay organized and on time.
Free to try, Curio for Mac offers a lot of useful and advanced features. All the basic tools this software offers are intuitive enough to get you started. However, really mastering the advanced capabilities of this app or working on a medium or large project would definitely require you to watch the overview videos, or at least get through the lengthy Getting Started presentation. The iPad-like interface with pop-overs and buttons will be perfect for those used to working on touch-enabled devices, but it may not be the most suitable for desktop users. Selecting a shape and then having to click "insert" instead of simply dragging and dropping felt weird on a desktop app. The ability to assign custom alarms for tasks and sync them with iCal is a nice touch. Export settings lacked PowerPoint or slideshow options, which is strange given the layout of the "idea spaces," resembling slides.
Promoting visual thinking, Curio for Mac helps you manage any project involving multiple sources and deadlines. This software should particularly appeal to students and creative users, but because of its abundance of features, it can prove to be productive for virtually any type of project.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Curio for Mac 8.3.