Kurzweil 1000™ 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.
Download the Kurzweil 1000™ Manual (PDF)
New User Wizard provides topic-based mini tutorials that help you select preferences and set up the system to get you started quickly
Translate blocks of text from one language to another
In the Dictionary dialog complement existing lookup features, hear a person speaking the word you are looking up and find all anagrams associated with the word. The Pronounce feature requires WAV files that are on the second program disk
Show Image for maximized image display, Show Both Image and Text for split-screen display, and Hide Image for text only display
Continuous reading and paging functions in image view
Supports any device that emulates a disk drive on a PC, making it possible to send files to virtually any new type of device
When opened and converted to KES files, PDF files automatically include bookmarks extracted from the originals
Save and go back to wherever you left off in a recognition process – particularly helpful when recognizing large files
EPUB file format support – broadening access to digitally available print materials
OCR updates – keeping Kurzweil 1000 at the forefront of accuracy when scanning
For users who don't have an MP3 encoder on their systems, Kurzweil 1000 provides one
Audio file conversion to Daisy 2.02 from any WAV or MP3 file
Support lets you add WAV or MP3 files to existing iTunes playlists or to a playlist on your system's Windows Media Player
Microsoft Speech Platform 11 enabled – allowing many more high quality text-to-speech options
A quick Right Arrow press in the File list opens a list of bookmarks, selecting one opens the file at that bookmark's location
Convert any image file, or collection of image files, into accessible documents in a variety of supported formats by using the new KOCRUtil utility
New bills support in the Currency Recognition feature
Phrase support when correcting and changing pronunciations
Regular Expressions feature let's you make powerful search, or search and replace, queries.
Support for Microsoft Speech Platform, Version 11
Operating System: Windows XP®, Windows Vista® or Windows 7 (includes both 32-bit and 64-bit editions)
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
MP3 File Playback on Other Devices: MP3 player capable of playing multiple sampling rates.
There is currently no demonstration video for Kurzweil 1000™.