Kurzweil 1000 is reading software that makes printed or electronic text accessible to people who are blind. It converts a PC and scanner into an advanced version of the revolutionary reading machine invented by Ray Kurzweil in 1976.
Kurzweil 1000 turns text into a variety of life-like voices and does much more. Users can bookmark, make notes, skim or summarize text to aid mastery of concepts and details. They can modify reading speed, pitch, and emphasis to suit specific preferences and purposes. They can edit or create documents assisted by an audible dictionary, thesaurus or prioritized spell checker, and archive them using a simple file management dialog.
Kurzweil 1000 can be customized to speak letters or words as you type. There is also a 175,000-word dictionary and thesaurus to help you with your writing.
With automatic page orientation, you never have to worry whether you position the page correctly on the scanner. Kurzweil 1000 determines the direction the text is facing and whether columns are present.
Kurzweil 1000 also retrieves information online with features that simplify locating electronic books and magazines, and even encyclopedia articles from the Web. In addition, it takes reading on the road by sharing electronic information with MP3 players, portable notetaking devices, Braille printers and conventional e-mail applications.
Some of the newer features of Kurzweil 1000:
Forms Recognition and Completion: Kurzweil 1000 recognizes most printed forms and presents them with the fields, labels, boxes, and text areas in the appropriate reading order.
Signature Insertion: Add your signature to any Kurzweil 1000 document once it’s scanned into the program.
Create and Play Audio Files: Easily convert your Kurzweil documents to mp3, WAV, and DAISY files. If your document contains bookmarks, Kurzweil 1000 will use them to create separate audio files so your selections will be easier to manage on your portable player.
Appointment Calendar with Audible Reminders: Create, 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.
Quick Access to Scan, Photocopy, and Fax Features: Assign specific Kurzweil 1000 functions to your scanner buttons and then just press a single button to perform the desired task.
Link Documents and Settings: Save time and effort with automatic linking of your preferred settings to new documents.
Information Search & Retrieval: You have direct access to 18 bilingual dictionaries and the Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary – that’s in addition to the rich online repositories, such as Bookshare.org and Wikipedia (available in multiple languages), that you can search through Kurzweil 1000.
Audio DAISY Document Creation: Read documents created with Kurzweil 1000 on your DAISY player or computer with DAISY software. With Type 2 DAISY file support, full audio and audible document navigation you can quickly access different parts of a document, such as table of contents, indices and bookmarks, and navigate the document easily.
Microsoft Word Conversion: Users with Microsoft Word can open and save any file format that Microsoft Word supports, making it easier to access and work with a wide range of files, in addition to the file formats already supported by Kurzweil 1000.
With these and an array of other features, Kurzweil 1000 makes a difference in people’s lives. It is easy-to-use software that provides an entree into printed and electronic language as well as tools that promote understanding, simplify communication and save time.
Upgrades from earlier versions of Kurzweil 1000 are available. Also, Site and District Licenses can be purchased, which are useful for schools and businesses.