Curiosity – Find Everything, Anywhere – A Review

Curiosity is an app that aims to make finding things easier – in a world where many people use dozens of apps, it can be hard to find what you are looking for when everything is stored in a different place.

This is where Curiosity comes in – it allows you to connect apps such as Dropbox, Github, your local files, and more all in one place, allowing you to easily find documents across apps.

Curiosity gives you a wide range of apps to connect to, including cloud storage, calendars, emails, git programs, and much more – you can see the full list of current and upcoming connections here. You can also join meetings directly from Curiosity, as well as search the web.

The largest feature of Curiosity is the search – you can bring this up by a custom key combination (I use Alt+Space), and you can immediately begin typing to bring up results. Before you begin typing, Curiosity will show upcoming events from your connected calendar – a useful way to see what you have coming up.

Results from Curiosity are lighting quick – they come up immediately and adapt immediately as you type. These results include everything from connected apps, as well as local files on your computer and programs. You can use the arrow keys to navigate down this list, and hit enter to open the selected file or program.

When you open the app itself, you’ll be presented with the Home page – it shows recently updated files, as well as recent emails from all of your connected apps – it’s a great way to quickly see what’s been changed and chances are the thing you’re looking for is contained there. You’ll also get the search bar at the top so you can start a search.

The calendar view contains a customisable calendar showing events from your connected accounts. You can customise this to show as a day, week, month, or as a list. Each calendar is coloured differently, and you can click on an event to view more details about it, as well as which account it came from.

Contacts, the third option, is pretty handy – it collates all your accounts contacts into one place, allowing you to search for people by organisation, or search through all these organisations for people. It’s a handy way to easily find someone if you have contacts spread throughout Google, Office 365, and more.

Search is fairly self explanatory – it brings up a similar interface to when you hit your quick search combination. It does give you a few options however, such as the ability to sort by relevance or recency, and filter.

All of your connections are shown in the next option, Spaces. Clicking on this shows you the various accounts you have added, as well as giving you the option to add more. You can click on the space you want to view files for cloud storage and local file accounts, and view filters and tags for email accounts.

Curiosity needs to index your accounts and computer in order to give you the search results – when on battery, this is paused in order to save power. It can take some time to index especially if you have many accounts connected, so I just left my laptop indexing when it was plugged in.

Finally, Apps & Files is similar to Spaces, but gives you the ability to manage connected accounts a little further. You may note My Workspace at the top of the sidebar – I believe this allows you to connect to other workspaces, such as your companies, and use it in a collaborative environment – however I have not been able to test this.

To conclude, Curiosity is a great app if you have lots of files spread out across the web, and often struggle to find what you are looking for. I find it really useful for searching my multiple email accounts, and finding files buried away in some cloud storage. Curiosity is free for up to five app connections – however you can pay for Pro, at €9.99 a month, in order to connect more apps and commit deep searches in attachments and images.

This price is too much in my opinion. Whilst there is a free tier, I don’t believe that the app offers the same amount of value as other apps at this price – for example Spotify or Netflix. Even apps such as Todoist and Evernote are cheaper, and in my opinion, offer more value.

Curiosity is available for Windows, MacOS, and has a Linux beta.

Ease of Use
curiosity-reviewCuriosity is a powerful app for those who have multiple accounts. Whilst the pricing is a bit steep, you get a generous five connections for free which allows you to use the app without having to pay for pro.