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 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 note taking devices, Braille printers and conventional e-mail applications.
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.
State of the Art Synthetic Speech Options
Clear, human-sounding VoiceTextTM and precise IBM ViaVoiceTM deliver superior text to speech (TTS), making reading easier to hear and adjustable to suit individual tastes.
Choices for More Accurate Optical Character Recognition (OCR)
Two OCR engines - ScanSoft® OCR© and ABBYY FineReaderTM provide the most accurate available OCR while Kurzweil 1000 has the ability to automatically correct many errors, producing the best possible scanning results.
TKurzweil 1000 incorporates powerful scanning optimization enhancements for settings such as thresholding, brightness, resolution, and speckle removal, thus providing an easy way to obtain better recognition results and to eliminate the frustrating trial and error associated with scan settings.
Writing and Editing Tools
Kurzweil 1000 has an easy-to-use audible text editor, dictionary, thesaurus and prioritized spell checker. Users can set the product to speak as they type each letter or word. The result is accessible modification of existing documents and easy creation of new ones.
Bookmarks, notes, document links, annotations, skimming, summarization and outline creation add an array of tools for reading reinforcement. Students and professionals can use these features to quickly find,mark and retain the most important information.
Online Information Search and Retrieval
Users can quickly obtain online information from a variety of sources, whether e-books, magazines or encyclopedias, all within Kurzweil 1000. In response to simple requests, it efficiently searches selected Web repositories, including Bookshare.org, NLS Web Braille, AccessWorld,Talking Newspaper Association of the UK, or online encyclopedias such as Columbia Encyclopedia and Wikipedia, and presents choices for download.
Kurzweil News and Product Enhancements Delivered Automatically
Kurzweil 1000 retrieves the latest technical tips, news and free software updates from Kurzweil Educational Systems and delivers them directly to the user.
DAISY Format Support
Kurzweil 1000 opens, reads, edits and saves text-only DAISY files, including all bookmarks, links and notes.
Sending Files to E-Mail
Users can send files or excerpts from Kurzweil 1000 through their familiar e-mail applications, creating an easier link, with fewer keystrokes, to conventional communications.
Low Vision Features
Kurzweil 1000 can display magnified text and images from scanned pages as well as highlight words as they are spoken, assisting those who can make use of additional visual reinforcement.
Audio File Creation
Users can create MP3 and WAV audio files of text documents. If the document being converted into audio files contains bookmarks, Kurzweil 1000 can use those bookmarks to separate audio files into more manageable and organized sections, adding to the convenience of hearing Kurzweil 1000 read on portable players.
Kurzweil Virtual Printer
Any file type that can be printed by an application installed on the computer, can be opened with Kurzweil 1000, dramatically expanding available reading resources.
Sending Files to Portable Devices
Kurzweil 1000 can send files to BrailleNoteTM, Book PortTM, BookCourier and other devices as well, so users can read documents and books on the go.
Braille Embosser Compatibility
Kurzweil 1000 accommodates Braille embossers, allowing adjustments to number of cells per line, lines per page, page breaks and interpoint.
Familiar Business Applications - Calculator, Photocopier and FAX
The Kurzweil 1000 Calculator application gives users full-function talking standard, statistic, scientific and business calculators. The Photocopier application allows users to print and share images of scanned pages. With the FAX application, users can send and receive scanned images by FAX.