Crossgrading from the MAS

We've had quite a few customers crossgrade from Curio Core purchased at the Mac App Store to either Curio Standard or Curio Professional.

Here's how you do it:
  1. First, please do us a huge favor and rate and comment Curio Core at the Mac App Store. At the time of this writing we only have a single comment even though we've been in the top 20 productivity tools for over a week. So we need your assistance in spreading the word!
  2. Next, forward your Mac App Store email receipt to
  3. We will issue you a temporary license key that you will need to make your crossgrade purchase. Check your spam filter for any messages from!
  4. After you receive your temporary license key from us, head over to the Zengobi Store.
  5. Click the Upgrade License radio button.
  6. Choose a crossgrade option like "Crossgrade to Curio 7 Pro from Curio 7 Core". Notice the crossgrade price is discounted from the full price. For example, the $169.99 Curio Pro is only $130 as a crossgrade.
  7. Use the temporary license key information to fill out the "Prior Purchase Information For Upgrades" portion of the form.
  8. Then continue on with your payment information.
Once completed you should receive your new license key in just a couple of minutes. Be sure to check your spam filter for any messages from!

Just to be clear, future updates to your new Curio application will come from Zengobi, not from the Mac App Store.

Please send us an email if you need any assistance.

Mac App Store, Wow!

What a fantastic success!

Last week Curio Core hit #27 on the Overall Top Grossing chart and #8 on the Top Grossing Productivity chart.

This week we're listed at the top of the New & Noteworthy section on the main Mac App Store page. Woo hoo!

A big thank you for all the comments coming in through email. I'm glad everyone is enjoying Curio Core so much!

Now I have a HUGE request: can you also make a comment and give a rating for Curio Core at the Mac App Store? That will help get others excited as well. Thanks!

Click here to jump directly to Curio Core entry at the MAS.

The first comment at the MAS mentions something I'd like to address. Since I can't reply within the MAS system I'll address it here and hope they see it:
Would give 5 stars if it can save everything as a multiple page document .. instead of putting everything on one page (when exporting as PDF).
Fortunately you can! Normally when we export or print we scale each idea space down so it fits on a single printed page. However, when you choose Export As > PDF just uncheck the "Fit each idea space to a single printed page" checkbox. That way it will spread itself over as many printed pages as necessary with no scaling.

Again, thanks for all the emails and submitted feedback forms (via the Curio > Provide Feedback menu). I'm happy to welcome all the new Curio Core customers to the ultra-cool and friendly Zengobi community.

Curio Core at the Mac App Store!

We just released Curio Core, a very exciting new "app-sized" version of Curio with the essential features that everyone loves. You get the amazingly innovative freeform idea spaces, full-featured mind mapping, lists, tables, etc. All for just $39.99.

And, it's available at Apple's Mac App Store!

You can download a 15-day trial of the product or check out the detailed product matrix to learn all the details.

Here's the press release:
Zengobi Introduces Curio Core at the Mac App Store
Zengobi Releases a Personal, App-sized Edition of Curio at a Wonderfully Low Price

RALEIGH, NC — May 16, 2011 — Zengobi today announced the availability of Curio Core, a personal, app-sized edition of their high-end Curio 7 Professional digital notebook application for just US$39.99 from the Mac App Store. The Core edition delivers one of the most amazingly intuitive integrated environments for freeform information gathering, brainstorming, and creative exploration to an even broader audience.

"We're thrilled to announce Curio Core and its availability on the Mac App Store," said George Browning, Founder of Zengobi. "We've had many requests for a more personal version of Curio so we've distilled the essential, core features of our amazingly popular Curio Professional application into a fantastic app-sized powerhouse. It's a perfect fit for the Mac App Store."

Curio Core's innovative notebook environment includes an incredible collection of integrated features:

  • Freeform, place anything anywhere idea spaces with texture, notepaper, and grid styles.
  • Rich text figures with flowcharting border shapes, multipoint gradient fills, and advanced shadow effects.
  • Support for aliased or embedded files of any type including documents, images, movies, and other mixed media.
  • Full-featured, integrated mind mapping with radial map, left map, right map, and org chart layouts.
  • Lists, hierarchical outlines, and to-do lists.
  • Index cards and note cards.
  • Beautifully styleable tables for presenting tabular data.
  • Multipoint straight, curved, and orthogonal sticky lines.
  • Web links, WebArchives, and live web views including Google Docs views.
  • Meta data support including tags, checkmarks, percent complete, priorities, and ratings.
  • Advanced searching and a wide array of import and export options.

All for an amazingly low price of just US$39.99.

Details can be found at

Pricing and Availability

Curio Core version 7.4 is available immediately at for US$39.99 from the Mac App Store at or the Zengobi Store at Purchasers from the Mac App Store will get future updates directly from the Mac App Store, while purchasers from the Zengobi Store will receive them from Zengobi. The Mac App Store version requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher, while the Zengobi Store version can run on 10.5 (Leopard) and higher on either PowerPC or Intel machines.

Curio Core can be downloaded as a 15-day trial from and extended to a full 60-day trial upon request.

Press Resources

Press resources are available at including company and product logos and several Curio Core screenshots.

About Curio

Curio is the premier note taking, mind mapping, brainstorming, and task management application for Mac OS X designed to promote visual thinking. Using Curio's freeform interface and tools, you can intuitively gather, associate, and recall your ideas, while easily managing all the notes and documents associated with your project. Curio is available in several editions including Professional (US$169.99, US$89.99 academia), Standard (US$119.99), and Core (US$39.99).

For more information about Curio, visit

About Zengobi

Zengobi, Inc. was founded in 2002 to create exciting and innovative productivity software for Apple products.

For more information about Zengobi, visit

(We need to see how the Mac App Store process plays out before bringing Pro and Standard to the MAS as well. In particular, we were hoping that Apple would permit an easy migration system for existing customers to move to the MAS as that's a common and huge support issue with other vendors but apparently that's not here, at least not yet.)

K-12 case study

If any teachers or students would like to chime in on how they use Curio in a K-12 environment then please send an email to george at zengobi. Over the summer a case study is being prepared to show how Curio can be used in the classroom.


Curio 7.4.1

We just released a minor update to Curio 7.4. It contains several fixes for bugs which have been reported either via email or our forums.

In addition it adds a handful of tweaks including better Mac OS X 10.7 Lion compatibility.

Be sure to check out the release notes to get all the yummy details.

Curio should notice the update automatically or you can choose Curio > Check For Updates from within Curio.


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