When Kurzweil 1000 finds your information, it sends the details
to your e-mail account. Check your e-mail for the information,
then begin the online registration process again. This time,
select Existing in the Account Type box.
If Kurzweil 1000 is unable to find your information, you may have
to call the Kurzweil 1000 Customer Service contact information.
In the U.S. and Canada use 1-800-894-5374. For international
calls use +1-508-315-6600.
3. In the Account name text box, type your account name. Then
TAB to type your password in the Password box.
If you are creating a new account, pick a unique name that’s
easy to remember such as your e-mail address. After typing your
password, TAB to retype it in the Confirm Password box.
Note: It’s a good idea to note this information for future
reference, as when you upgrade to the next version.
4. Press ENTER to connect to the Kurzweil Educational Systems
Online Registration page.
The system verifies that you are online, the server is up, the
account exists, and that the password is correct. If it finds
information that is incorrect or incomplete, it prompts you to
make the necessary changes.
Your cursor is in the first of a few online registration dialog
boxes. The system prompts for information that is mandatory.
5. Provide or change information. Press ENTER to proceed
through these dialog boxes.
6. Press ENTER when you are done.
If registration is successful, Kurzweil 1000 congratulates you.
The full Kurzweil 1000 product is now activated.
Registering by Phone
Two notes regarding phone registration:
• If you are installing and registering Kurzweil 1000 on multiple
machines, then we recommend using the Systems Code
Worksheet at the end of the Guide. You can note the systems
codes, serial numbers and unlock codes, which can greatly
expedite the registration process.
• Customer Service representatives are available to take your
registration between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The
Customer Service telephone numbers are: In the U.S. and
Canada use 1-800-894-5374. For international calls use +1-
The phone registration process follows:
1. Type the unlock code number.
2. Press ENTER.
3. If registration is successful, Kurzweil 1000 congratulates you.
Your Kurzweil 1000 product is now activated.
If You Need Assistance
While the registration process is straight-forward, you may
encounter certain messages such as "Invalid Serial Number."
Try re-entering or re-scanning. After repeated unsuccessful
attempts, call the Kurzweil 1000 Customer Service contact
information. In the U.S. and Canada use 1-800-894-5374. For
international calls use +1-508-315-6600.
The About option from the Help menu (mnemonic ALT+H, then
letter A) provides you with information about the installed Kurzweil
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1000 product. It tells you if the product is registered or not, and if
registered, it tells you the following information. You can use the
associated mnemonic keys where available.
• Product Name and Version Number (ALT+P).
• Client Name (ALT+C).
• Serial Number (ALT+R).
• Legal Notice of licensed technology.
1 Getting Started
This chapter contains the following topics:
Where to Start.
What is Kurzweil 1000?
Important Concepts for New Users.
Kurzweil 1000 Basics.
Kurzweil 1000 Extras and Diags Folders.
Starting and Shutting Down Kurzweil 1000.
If You Need Technical Support.
Kurzweil 1000 Listserv Signup.
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Where to Start
If you are an experienced user, go to the Installation and New
Features Guide or select the desired version of the New Features
Guide from the Help menu, ALT+H, then N.
If you are a new user, go over this chapter, reading the sections that
you need. For example, if you are completely new to computers you
may want to start with the Important Concepts section. If you are
already familiar with your computer, go to Kurzweil 1000 Basics.
In addition there are two more sources for new users:
A Quick Tour in various file formats in the Documentation folder
of the product CD.
The New User Wizard topics included in the product. The Wizard
appears upon Kurzweil 1000 startup, however, you can also
access it by pressing the following key combination: Alt+H+W.
About the New User Wizard
The New User Wizard topics included in the product appear upon
Kurzweil 1000 startup. The topics introduce new users to a number
of important Kurzweil 1000 concepts and features.
Each topic has a checkbox. Once you have read through a topic,
Kurzweil 1000 checks the box to indicate that you have read it.
By default, Kurzweil 1000 selects the first unchecked topic for
reading, press Enter to begin. A dialog opens with the topic text and
Kurzweil 1000 begins reading. You can use some reading and
navigation functions in these topic dialogs.
At the end of some of these topics, you may be given the
opportunity to explore the topic further or to set up your
When you have gone through the list of topics or if you feel
confident using Kurzweil 1000 without the topics to guide your
exploration, you may want to disable the Wizard topics from
showing whenever you run Kurzweil 1000.
To disable the New User Wizard, in the topics list, Tab to the option,
"Show this option when Kurzweil 1000 is run," and select Disabled,
then press Enter.
If you should ever want to peruse the topics again, you can find New
User Wizard from the Help menu by pressing Alt+H+W
What is Kurzweil 1000?
Kurzweil 1000 is a Windows-based software application that makes
printed and electronic material accessible to people who are blind
or have limited vision. This product is easy to use for beginners, yet
powerful and flexible enough for advanced users.
Kurzweil 1000 converts the printed or electronic word into speech.
You can scan in books, articles, currency, bills, and advertisements
– almost anything that fits on a scanner or under a document
camera. The system uses optical character recognition (OCR) to
create a version of the page that Kurzweil 1000 can read aloud.
You can open and read almost any file that contains text and tables,
as well as download and read material and books directly from
World Wide Web sites such as Bookshare.org.
You can create and edit documents. Kurzweil 1000 is well-suited for
use in academic settings. A variety of tools assist in study tasks:
you can look up information from the dictionary and thesaurus, as
well as from online encyclopedias. Annotation and navigation
features such as multi-level bookmarks and links, along with
document summarization, enable you to easily create study
documents, some with quick access to related information.
In addition, Kurzweil 1000 provides the convenience of document
portability: you can convert text files into audio files, convert audio
files into DAISY 2.02 files, send files to devices, such as Book
Port™, or place them on your iTunes or Windows Media Player
playlist. You can also convert text files to EPUB or PDF files and
transfer them to an e-reader or other portable device.
Kurzweil 1000 is highly customizable, allowing you to set a wide
range of preferences from reading speed and voice to verbosity,
that is, how much audio assistance you want from the program.
An expanding set of office applications, such as Fax, Photocopier
and Calculators, are available to help with daily tasks.
What Kurzweil 1000 is not. It’s not a screen reader, so it doesn’t
read the contents of other applications on your PC. It also does not
interpret graphic images, nor does it replace a full word processor.
Someone with moderate computer experience should be able to
install, configure, and use Kurzweil 1000. If you are new to
computers, however, you may require some initial training.
Important Concepts for New Users
If you are new to computers and scanning, read this section. It will
help you use Kurzweil 1000 more effectively.
Your Computer System
Let’s start with your computer system. It’s made up of hardware,
including scanners, document cameras, and printers, and requires
an operating system and software programs such as Kurzweil 1000
that help you process information and get your work done.
The Hardware Components
Your computer system has several main pieces of hardware: the
computer, the keyboard and/or keypad, speakers and a scanner or
document camera. You may also add a monitor and a printer.
The computer has a hard drive, and compact disk (CD) drive. You
install Kurzweil 1000 to the hard drive. All of the documents you
scan in or create are stored on the hard drive, and you can save
your documents to it. The hard drive can store a large amount of
The CD drive enables you to install software products, such as
Kurzweil 1000, or to load stored files onto your computer.
The scanner is the piece of equipment that transfers an image of a
printed page to your computer. To scan a page, lift the scanner lid
and place the page, print side down, flat on the scanner glass. Fit a
corner of the page to a corner of the scanner glass. If you are
scanning a bound book, you may need to press along the binding
to get the book as flat as possible.
A light bar moves under the scanner glass to obtain an image of the
page. You may be able to tell when a scan is finished by listening
to the light bar. When a scan is complete, the light bar returns to its
home position, which is its original starting place.
A document camera can be used instead of a scanner to transfer
the image of a printed page to your computer. To capture an image
using a document camera, place the page print side up under the
camera and aligned in the camera’s target area. Depending on the
model of the camera, you may have a mat or other surface with
alignement guides. If you are capturing a bound book, you may
need to hold or weight the outer edges of the pages to make sure
they stay flat. (Overall, you may find you prefer using a camera
rather than a scanner to capture a bound book.)
Other hardware equipment you may find useful include portable
devices, such as a ZIP drive for storing large amount of data on ZIP
disks. You may also want to use a hardware speech synthesizer. If
you want to use the Internet, you will need a modem.
The Operating System
Every computer system has an operating system. Kurzweil 1000
works under the Microsoft® Windows™ operating system, meaning
it presents its functions according to the standard ways in which
Windows presents and organizes information and functions.
In a nutshell, the operating system acts as a middleman between
you and your computer system. It provides a user interface to help
you access, work with and manage hardware resources and
software programs, as well as the files and documents in Kurzweil
1000. Review your Windows documentation to learn more.
The subsection, About Files and Folders, provides more details
about working with the Windows user interface within the Kurzweil
Documents you may be interested
Documents you may be interested