Curio in K-12 schools

We announced some big news yesterday!

Chadwick International — a very exciting, brand new, technologically advanced school in Songdo, South Korea — has deployed Curio 7 Professional across all student laptops and instructor machines.

I love this quote from Gary Donahue, their integration specialist:
There is simply no other single application out there that can do what Curio can deliver today. As more schools around the world look to build authentic 21st century learning environments, I see Curio as being one of those essential building blocks to ensuring that this environment can flourish.
This is a very exciting development and we're eager to hear more about how Gary, the teachers, and students are using Curio. The initial reports sound like they're all loving it!

On a related topic, Zengobi has also introduced a very low-cost annual site license plan specifically for domestic and international K-12 (aka primary/secondary) schools. We have always had a very strong interest in education so we're thrilled with this new development.

Why Curio has brushes and pens

I've always loved to view Eva-Lotta Lamm's sketchnotes after a conference. If you haven't seen them before then they are definitely a treat to enjoy.

While Eva-Lotta is using a traditional paper sketchbook, looking at the notes I'm reminded why we added scribble tools (brushes and pens) to Curio back when it was first created. Sometimes keyboards are fine for notes but other times you simply want to sketch out what's happening in a class, or meeting, or brainstorming session.

With Curio, both keyboards and pens are welcome. :-)

Quick update: 7.3.1

Curio 7.3.1 has been released with a handful of quick fixes:
  • If dragging an Evernote note which contains an untitled attachment then we give that attachment the same title as the Evernote note (if the note itself has one)
  • Fixed some issues with MMAP export.
  • Fixed issue where you may not be able to set an idea space label color (via right-clicking on an idea space or folder in the Organizer).

Creating mind map posters

A customer recently asked about tiling a huge Curio mind map onto multiple pages to create a giant wall poster for the conference room. He then stumbled across this free, handy utility: Mindcad Tiler.

The basic idea is to do this:
  1. Select the mind map figure in Curio.
  2. Choose File > Export Selected Figures As > PDF and enter a file name.
  3. Launch Tiler and open that PDF.
  4. In Tiler, choose the number of pages horizontally and vertically to scale your PDF across.
  5. Print.
Then stitch the individual sheets together with tape or glue to create your poster or banner. Very slick!

If you need something a bit more professional looking: local or Internet print shops should be able to produce a large-format poster given a PDF, as well.

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