Methods using Curio 5

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Wed May 27, 2009 3:24 pm Post

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Thu May 28, 2009 8:00 am Post

Regarding the SmartPen:

Are the notes that you scribble on the dotted paper actually searchable after you have transferred them to your Mac, be it in Curio or any other aplication, or are they mere images? Not having the hardware I cannot test this and the videos are a bit vague about this.
If OCR is involved: does this work outside the application that comes with the SmartPen, i.e. can you export WITH the invisible text layer?


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Thu May 28, 2009 12:12 pm Post

The Pulse Pen software has no OCR for Mac as of yet, nor does Curio. So no, your handwritten notes will not be searchable.

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Thu May 28, 2009 12:54 pm Post


If you need handwriting recognition, the Paperium Digital Pen might be the right solution: Technically, it is comparable to the Pulse Pen but there is also a handwriting recognition software available.

However, Paperium is an Austrian company. I do not know whether the Paperium products are available outside of Austria, Switzerland and Germany. At least, their website is in German and in English.

More on Paperium: ... anguage=en


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Fri May 29, 2009 4:46 am Post

If you do any writing/composition that is inherently visual, Curio is invaluable. I've used it for sketching out presentations, and will probably use it for some graphic essay-like projects I have coming up. It's also useful for visual reference: I've used it to store all the images related to an article in one place, for example.

For more general use, some writers use collages of images relevant to their work -- settings, people, physical objects, etc. -- and Curio is an excellent tool for that.

I think it started out as a tool for graphic designers and has been gradually adding more general brainstorming tools. I use it enough to be glad I have Curio 4, but not enough to upgrade to Curio 5.

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This made me laugh. It all looks highly organised (possibly scarily so--look at the careful alignment), but imagine the chaos when the sticky loses its youthful efficiency, or when someone opens a window!
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Mon Jun 01, 2009 12:09 pm Post

Alright, I've taken the plunge after a lengthy evaluation time. Still, I'm not really sure if I will really use Curio extensively, but there are many little things about the program that I really like. For my ongoing novel I've decided to set up idea spacees for certain locations and plaster them with fotos and corresponding notes. That's because I always disliked scrolling through the binder to my reference material and then using the alternate window for research text or fotos - I find it more useful to switch to another application, review the material and return to Scrivener, where my editor and binder focus is still intact.

Furthermore, I'll use Curio to brainstorm on my next novel by using all its features - mindmaps, lists, notes, fotos etc, all in one place. I guess I'll move to Scrivener's outliner sooner or later, but for now it looks like a really great tool to shuffle ideas and pics.