Features & Highlights

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.

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Study Tools

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 ABBYY 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 preference.

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.

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®

ePub Support

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.

OCR Upgrade

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.