Kurzweil 1000TM is award-winning software that makes printed or electronic text readily available to people who are blind or visually impaired. It combines accessibility, communication and productivity tools to ease and enhance their reading, writing and learning experience. The software speaks text aloud in a variety of natural-sounding voices that can be modified to suit individual preferences.
In addition, it provides users with document creation and editing as well as study skills capabilities for note taking, summarizing and outlining text.
Kurzweil 1000 delivers quick access to a wealth of information including online books, magazines and encyclopedias so users can pursue any reading interests. They can also take their reading wherever they go by sending files to Braille note takers and embossers as well as portable devices such as DAISY and MP3 audio players.
Kurzweil 1000 is easy to use for beginners, yet powerful and flexible for advanced users. With its wide array of useful features, users save time and gain independence – whether at home, at school, or at work.
Kurzeil 1000 Version 13 Highlights
New Camera Support
Fast access to hard copy using one of these three portable, affordable and
readily available cameras: ABiSee Zoom-Ex, ABiSee Eye-Pal and HoverCam®
Read unprotected ePub documents, save and view on portable devices such as the iPhone.
Choose Audio Device for a Voice
Accessible from the Voice Settings dialog choose from multiple audio output devices.
Increased accuracy with the addition of FineReader version 10 and ScanSoft version 18
for both Kurzweil 1000 and KOCRUtil.
Other notable changes:
File Property Changes for ePub and DAISY - Accommodates the reading and modification of metadata components.
Verbosity Setting Dialog Change - A single list has been separated into categories, simplifying access to popular verbosity settings.
PDF Output using KOCRUtil - you can now select PDF as an output format and Kurzweil 1000 retains both the image and the text layers.
Automatic Bookmarking - suggestions for bookmarks are automatically inserted into the resulting document.
FineReader Hints - suggestions about the resolution or brightness of an image will now be spoken.
Kurzweil 1000 v.13 - Features
Professionals and students find Kurzweil 1000's comprehensive
time-saving study tools extremely useful. Add bookmarks, text notes,
and annotations; skim, summarize, and create outlines for your work,
and have your documents open to the last position read. Plus, you'll
have access to eighteen bilingual dictionaries.
Simple Forms Recognition and Completion
Our software provides easy access to most
printed forms and presents them with the
fields, labels, boxes, and text areas in the
appropriate reading order. Fill in the fields,
edit, save, or even insert your
handwritten signature into any
Kurzweil 1000 document, once it's scanned
into your computer.
Choices for More Accurate Optical Character Recognition (OCR)
Two OCR engines, ScanSoft© OCR 18 and ABBYYTM FineReader 10, provide the most accurate OCR available. For the best possible scanning results, Kurzweil 1000 also has the ability to correct many errors. A noise filter option lets users ignore regions near the edge of a page that were incorrectly identified as text.
State-of-the-Art Speech Options
Clear, natural-sounding VoiceTextTM voices from Neo Speech and
ETI-EloquenceTM voices from Nuance deliver the highest quality
text-to-speech (TTS), making your reading a pleasure to hear.
Microsoft Speech Platform delivers access to more than a dozen additional voices in a variety of languages.
You can choose and adjust our many voice options to suit your individual
Appointment Calendar with Audible Reminders
Keep track of your schedule with our easy-to-use calendar application.
You can add, edit, and delete your calendar entries simply from the
desktop taskbar, as well as set audible reminders that will play any
sound file on your computer you choose.
Online Information Search and Retrieval
Enjoy quick access to information from a variety of sources, including
e-books, magazines, encyclopedias, and the Merriam-Webster medical dictionary. Based on your criteria, Kurzweil 1000 will search select
Internet repositories such as Bookshare.org, NLS Web Braille,
AccessWorld, Talking Newspaper Association of the United Kingdom,
NFB Publications, and Wikipedia (in multiple languages), and present you with your download choices.
Read Files Away From Home & Burn CDs
Kurzweil 1000 can send your files to a wide variety of hand-held devices so you can read and reference important material when away from your home or office computer. You can also create CDs of your files within
Kurzweil 1000 if you have a CD burner.
Broad Range of File Access
Any file type that you can print through an application installed on your
computer can be opened with Kurzweil 1000 (including PDF), which
greatly expands your reading choices.
- Processor: 1 GHz Intel® Pentium®-III or faster.
- Memory: 512 MB.
- Hard Disk Space: At least 600 MB of available hard disk space; and an additional 625 MB if using VoiceText.
- Sound Card: Sound Blaster®-compatible sound card with speakers.
- CD-ROM drive, full-size keyboard and/or 17-button keypad.
- A compatible TWAIN or WIA flatbed scanner (for scanner information contact Kurzweil Educational Systems or your local reseller).
- MP3 File Playback on Other Devices: MP3 player capable of playing multiple sampling rates.
- Operating System: Windows XP®, Windows Vista® or Windows 7 (includes both 32-bit and 64-bit editions)
Kurzweil 1000 does not currently support thin-client based environments as it was not designed for some of the special requirements of these systems.
NOTE: The Speech Gurus can only sell this software to addresses within the state of Minnesota.