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  1. Kurzweil 3000

  2. Kurzweil 3000 • Designed for individuals with vision • Learning disabilities • Low vision • TBI/ABI • ADD/ADHD

  3. Kurzweil 3000 • Scans and reads • Reads all formats • Including scans and PDFs • Includes KESI Virtual Printer • Windows and Mac versions • No more “Learn Station”

  4. What’s New • DAISY output • MathML support available on the Web with MathPlayer • MathPlayer free from Design Science • Talking calculator • Google translator • Column note, outline, brainstorm

  5. Pricing • Kurzweil 3000—Color • Individual license $1395 • Also available (site license prices vary) • Network version • Web license • USB version • FireFly • Web only; Web license required • Free iPad app

  6. Kurzweil 1000 • Very different interface • Designed for blind users • KESI files work in both 1000 & 3000 • K1000 will open KESI files created in K3000

  7. K3000 & K1000 • Can run together on same computer • Hook to flatbed scanner for student use • Nice to have in library • Especially in reference section with books that cannot leave the library • Also good in learning labs • Students can scan handouts, articles, etc.

  8. Please note! • KESI files on CD • Will not allow student to save notes or annotations • Cannot write to the CD • KESI files that can be saved • Hard drive or network • USB drive

  9. K3000 is a tool for… • Individuals to scan and read • Document reading • Studying • Writing support • NOT a production scanner

  10. KESI Files from Scans • Scan hard copy book to TIFF • Use scanner software bundled with scanner • Scanning Utility 5000, CapturePerfect • Load TIFF into Kurzweil Pro • File > Open • Or use KESI Automater • Kurzweil Pro runs OCR • Zone and edit as needed • Save as KESI file

  11. Running Scanner with Kurzweil • Scanner must be TWAIN compatible • If you see “TWAIN” in the flatbed scanner spec sheet, will be okay • High-speed scanners can work but better to use utility that came with scanner

  12. KESI Files from PDF • Obtain PDF from publisher • Load into Kurzweil Pro • File > Open • Use KESI Virtual Printer • Kurzweil Pro runs OCR • Zone and edit as needed • Save as KESI file

  13. DO NOT • Do not run TIFF or PDF through an OCR program and save to PDF to take into Kurzweil • Kurzweil will run OCR a second time! • Wastes time • Adds OCR errors

  14. When to scan with KESI • Individual students can use themselves for small projects • Do not expect students to scan own books! • Sometimes when doing color

  15. K3000 Premise • “See” the picture • “Read” the underlying text • What you see on screen is not the text being read • Text hides behind the picture

  16. Kurzweil Process • Analyzes structure of page • Determines “zones” • Analyzes characters on page • OCR • Creates “underlying text”

  17. When Editing • Edit zones first • Remove headers/footers • Set primary text • Reads automatically • Set secondary text • Reads when selected

  18. Workflow • Fix page numbers • View > Page > Set Number • Header/footer • Ctrl + F8 (under Scan menu) • Edit all zones for entire book • Ctrl + F5 (under Scan menu) • Edit underlying text (under Edit) • Ctrl + F10

  19. Reading Tool • Document reader (looks like the page) • NOT a screen reader • Verbalizes and highlights text • Can also just highlight to provide focus or push reading speed • Can set primary and secondary text • Can create MP3s

  20. Study Skills • Highlighting marker tools • Annotation and notes • Written and auditory • Extraction • Dictionary/Thesaurus • Column notes

  21. Writing Tools • Speaks as you type • Audible spell checker • Word prediction • Homonym support • Drag and drop from reading document to writing document

  22. Math Support • Limited • Reads MathML on the Web • MathPlayer required • Has talking calculator

  23. Test Taking • Great test-taking tool • Customizable levels of support • Cannot accidentally change underlying text

  24. Kurzweil Support • If you want to run a scanner with Kurzweil, need one that is compatible • http://www.kurzweiledu.com/scanner_compatibility.asp • Online video tutorials • http://www.kurzweiledu.com/vid_gallery.aspx