The first thing you will see when you open up Curio is a Welcome panel. The screenshot below is the tutorial that appears after you select it in the Welcome panel.
The tutorial will walk you through the basics of Curio, but you will need to spend some time with it to really learn everything that it has to offer. It didn’t take me any time to figure out how to customize my workspace, how to create a mind map, note, or list.
Evernote works seamlessly with Curio, which is a big plus if you have to collect a lot of research. You can research online or check your email without having to leave the Curio program. Use the Audio and Video feature to record what sites you visit so that you will not have to do as much typing.
Toggle between projects in the Project Center. The GTD (Getting Things Done) task manager helps you keep track of when your projects are due so that you will never miss a deadline. The GTD feature is for the Pro version of Curio only.
Curio offers three ways that you can take notes. You have the traditional index card. Then you have a list. Finally, there is the mind map. I tried the mind map out and found myself somewhat disappointed by the cumbersome designing process. The majority of the mind map process should involve jotting ideas and concepts down, not designing the mind map itself. That said, I did like different features in the designing process.
I liked Curio for book writing software. If I hadn’t invested money in other mind mapping, outlining or GTD programs, I would pay the $150 to use it. Although there is a learning curve, it’s not too difficult to use right out of the box.