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Award-winning scan and read software that makes printed or electronic text accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired. Combining traditional reading machine technologies, such as scanning, image processing, and text-to-speech, with communication and productivity tools eases and enhances users' reading, writing, and learning experiences.Speaks text aloud in a variety of natural-sounding voices that can be modified to individual preferences.
Enables users to write and edit documents, and to complete simple forms independently.
Assists with note taking, summarizing content, and outlining text.
Converts text to MP3 files for on-the-go access.
Kurzeil 1000 Version 14 Highlights
Here are just a few enhancements available with the latest release of Kurzweil 1000.
- New Voice Notes Feature
- New Proofreading Shortcut
- New Scanning Mode
- "Read Current Note" is a New Menu Item
- Extract Images into PDF Files
- Now Supports PNG Files
- OCR Upgrades to ABBYY FineReader Version 11, and OmniPage© Version 19
- Upgraded spell checker in Nine Languages and Dialects
- Updated American Heritage Dictionary
- Enhanced Navigation and Editing within Documents
- More Ways to Copy, Cut, and Paste Text
Kurzweil 1000 Version 14 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.
Accurate Optical Character Recognition (OCR)
Two OCR engines, ABBYY FineReader Version 11, and OmniPage© Version 19, 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, ePub, and PNG files-which greatly expands your reading choices. .
- Processor: 1 GHz or faster.
- Memory: 2GB Minimum.
- Hard Disk Space: At least 4 GB of available hard disk space.
- Sound Card: Sound Blaster®-compatible sound card with speakers.
- CD-ROM drive, full-size keyboard and/or 17-button keypad.
- Kurzweil 1000 is designed to work with scanners that meet the TWAIN standard for image capture devices, which includes the vast majority of scanners available today. If you buy a flatbed scanner that is marked with the TWAIN logo you should have no trouble using that device with Kurzweil 1000. If you are looking to use Kurzweil 1000 with a high-speed scanning device the easiest way to determine 100% compatibility is to order a Trial Edition of Kurzweil 1000 to test with your scanner. If you should find a device that doesn't work, please contact Technical Support.
Additionally, Kurzweil 1000 will support image acquisition from the following cameras AbiSee Zoom-Ex®, AbiSee Eye-Pal®, HoverCam® (Version 5), or Kodak Sceye®. To learn more about these devices, please contact the manufacturer or your local Kurzweil 1000 reseller.
- MP3 File Playback on Other Devices: MP3 player capable of playing multiple sampling rates.
- Operating System: Windows XP®, Windows Vista®, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1
Kurzweil 1000 does not currently support thin-client based environments as it was not designed for some of the special requirements of these systems.
What Kurzweil 1000 Users are Saying... "...the company listens." - Martin Roberts
I think Kurzweil 1000 has the best feature set in the industry for the totally blind user, and it's nice because the company listens. I own two other scanning products for the blind, and I always come back to Kurzweil after playing with the new releases of the others. It's the small details that make Kurzweil 1000 such a great product. The backup setting feature is fantastic for preserving settings when you need to re-install Kurzweil 1000 on a new computer, or for network administrators who need to repeatedly install the product on single machines. I use Kurzweil nearly every day, both for work and pleasure and I wouldn't be without it.
"I can't imagine life without it!" - Michael J. Hudson
Kurzweil 1000 brings a whole new level of information portability to blind users who need to take their reading on the road. You'll love the ability to produce your own MP3 books or even send reading materials to your PDA or notetaker. It's never been so easy to gain reading independence. This product combined with a computer and a scanner will dramatically change your life! I'm thoroughly delighted with this product. I can't imagine life without it! Reading printed materials, recognizing paper currency and even reading otherwise inaccessible PDF and image files - Kurzweil 1000 will amaze you.
"...it is a liberating experience..." - Mary Otten
"Having control of what one reads and when you read it is a liberating experience. The new version of Kurzweil 1000 makes it even easier to access information when you want it, as well as make reading materials portable with the new support for BookCourier. Kurzweil Educational has always been a leader in the area of information access for the blind, and this new version and the many new features, especially the new synthetic speech options, makes life and reading all the more enjoyable."
"...a great balance of really powerful features...." - John Riehl
"With this new version of Kurzweil 1000, I can easily scan, access and edit my own files and files sent to me by colleagues and friends. I can also easily search for, download and read books and magazines on the Web and listen to all my files with more natural-sounding speech. The new version of Kurzweil 1000 makes it even easier for me to transfer files to BookCourier and other portable reading devices. Kurzweil 1000 has always given me a great balance of really powerful features that I use every day at work and at home."
"...nothing short of the best reading package..." - Kenneth Gould
Using an OCR or reading machine program means more to me than just having some package that will translate printed text into verbal output. It means having that translation done with the highest possible accuracy and in the fastest time. It means having a user interface that is clear, flexible, and has the features that let me do my pleasure or work-related reading efficiently. And it also means having that OCR capability combined with the office tools such as email, photocopying, faxing, and e-book downloading that let me communicate my work with the outside world without ever having to leave Kurzweil 1000. When you couple those capabilities with a company such as Kurzweil Educational Systems which always listens to my suggestions to make the program better and which goes out of its way to help me with problems, you have nothing short of the best reading package from the people with whom I prefer to do business. I wouldn't use anything else.