“Cocktail napkins, turbo style,” proclaims the product page for Zengobi Inc.’s Curio 1.0, a new tool designed to help creative types generate, communicate, and organize their ideas. It’s available now.
Curio 1.0 features a flexible, open environment that allows you to place images, notes, bookmarks, documents, and even movies in your workspace. You can also draw sketches with a pressure-sensitive pen and include them in your project dossier. A built-in asset library allows you to color code, link, rank, and search for all your ideas and files; when you complete a project, you can include all the associated files in one Curio project file for easier archiving and sharing.
The application also includes Sleuth, a search agent that checks a wide variety of Web sites for the materials you need. It can check for not only text but also images, movies, fonts, sounds, and more. You can even see if what you’re looking for is available as a domain name. Search results are delivered directly to the Curio environment, where links to the originals are automatically embedded so that you can fetch the high-resolution versions ore revisit the source materials later. Curio also allows you to associate Web links with any files.
You can download a full-featured version of Curio 1.0 from the Zengobi Web site. It will run as a trial for 30 days, before requiring a US$99 single-user license key to unlock it.
System requirements call for Mac OS X v.10.2.7 (Jaguar) or higher, as well as a copy of Safari, Apple’s Web browser.