Scanning in Kurzweil 1000
You can scan any printed document. Kurzweil 1000 provides a
comprehensive list of features that make scanning as easy as
possible. These features include scanning optimization, rescanning
and inserting pages, rerecognizing pages, repeated scanning, and
You can use a document camera instead of a scanner to capture an
image of any printed document. You may find capturing images with
a camera to be faster and easier than scanning, especially with
bound books. The camera may also produce a more accurate
image of bound pages, as it can better handle the curved page
edge near the binding.
An extensive list of scanning options, such as page orientation,
thresholding and grayscale recognition, as well as color scanning,
are also included for fine-tuning scanning. These options apply to
image capture with a document camera as well as scanning.
Kurzweil 1000 provides some additional camera-specific features in
the Scan menu. All scanning and camera image capture features
are available from the Scanning Settings tab. Find more
information in Chapter 12, Working with Settings .
Here’s how scanning works. Place the document face down on the
scanner, close the scanner lid, and start the scan. You’ll hear
progress messages as Kurzweil 1000 scans, orients the printed
material, and recognizes the scanned words. If you don’t hear the
messages, the message setting may be disabled. For more
information, go to Chapter 12, Working with Settings .
As soon as the scan is complete, you can scan another page. It’s
not necessary to wait for the recognition process to complete.
Kurzweil 1000 automatically adds each page you scan to the end of
the current scanning document. You don’t have to move to the end
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of the file to append pages. To begin scanning a separate
document, close the current file or choose a different scanning
Kurzweil 1000 suggests a name for each file you scan. You can
accept the suggested name or use your own when you save the file.
You can stop a scan in progress. If the scanner already scanned a
page when you tried to cancel, the page will appear in the
document. You can cut this unwanted page.
Capturing Images with a Document Camera
This section provides general instructions for using a document
camera with Kurzweil 1000. Be sure to also follow setup and use
instructions provided by the manufacturer of your camera.
1. Make any adjustments to workspace, lighting, possible
obstructions, and set up material with mat and/or bumper
guides, if provided with your camera.
2. Have the device ready with its camera arm extended, USB
cable connected from the device to the computer, and with it
placed inside the camera guides on the mat, if provided with
3. You should hear a message about found hardware.
4. Launch Kurzweil 1000.
5. Place the material based on the guides on the mat and/or from
results of your experimentation.
6. In Kurzweil 1000, go to Scan Settings. Set Scanner source to
USB Video Device. Set page mode to 1 or 2 page. Keep the
default resolution setting. Press Enter.
7. For sighted helpers, you can use the Preview function as well
as magnify to aid in further adjustments.
8. Press the Scan key.
You should hear a camera sound.
The recognized text will appear in a Kurzweil 1000 window, with
Active and Scanning Documents
You can have any number of open documents in Kurzweil 1000, but
only one at a time is available for reading or editing. This is the
active document. You can change the active document by opening
another, or by using the next or previous document command.
When you scan a page, Kurzweil 1000 adds it to the end of an open
document - but which one? If it is the first page you have scanned
since you started Kurzweil 1000, it adds the page to the end of your
active document. However, if you have already scanned into a
document, and if that document is still open, Kurzweil 1000 adds
the page to the back of that document. This is what we call the
The active document and the scanning document can be the same
document, but they don't have to be. This allows you to scan and
read in other documents at the same time.
There are two ways to change your scanning document. First, you
can save and close it, then make the desired document your active
document, and start scanning.
Or, you can use the Rescan Page or the Insert Page command.
These commands, since they are always relative to the current
page number of your active document, always cause the active
document to become the scanning document.
Rescanning Page, Inserting Page, and Deleting Page
After scanning a document, you can rescan or insert pages to
correct errors because of a mixed-up original or bad scan settings.
These operations always take place with reference to the current
page. So, if you rescan, the newly scanned page replaces the
current page; if you insert a scan, the new scan is inserted
immediately before your current page. When you insert a page,
Kurzweil 1000 renumbers the pages to reflect the additional page.
If you decide not to finish an insert or rescan operation, you can
cancel before the scan is complete.
To delete a page you do not need or want, use Cut Page from the
Edit menu, or press Alt+E+G.
Rerecognizing One or Multiple Pages
Kurzweil 1000 has two different scanning engines, and a number of
settings that affect the quality of the recognized text. You may find
that you want to change a recognition setting and then redo the
recognition. There are two rerecognition options on the Scan menu.
Rerecognize Page (mnemonic C) lets you redo the recognition of
the current page.
Rerecognize Multiple Pages (mnemonic U) saves you
considerable time and effort because you don’t have to rescan the
entire document. A Range dialog opens in which you can specify a
range of Pages to rerecognize.
The Rerecognize commands are available only through the Scan
To use either feature, you must enable the Keep Images option in
the General Settings tab page. Find more information about
Scanning settings in Chapter 12, Working with Settings .
If you want to scan more than one page at a time, you can enable
Repeated Scanning mode. In this mode, the scanner repeatedly
scans, delaying a certain number of seconds between each scan.
This mode is ideal for scanning long documents because you do not
need to manually start a scan for each page.
You can scan and recognize in this mode, or you can scan to image
files. Scanning to an image file is a faster input method since it
initially skips the recognition step.
Repeated Scanning mode and the Scan Delay setting are
available only through the menu system from the Scanning
Note: If you want to use an automatic document feeder, be sure to
not have the Repeated Scanning mode selected.
Keeping Kurzweil 1000 in the Foreground While Scanning
By default, Kurzweil 1000 continually shifts focus back to itself
during a scanning session. Suppose, however, that you prefer to
use Kurzweil 1000 as a background application, scanning with a
document feeder or using the scanning hot key. You can opt to
suppress this feature by changing the setting labeled, Keep
Kurzweil in Foreground option to Never. This setting is in the
ScanConf application, which is located in the directory, Program
Files\Kurzweil Educational Systems\Diags.
Accessing Scanning Commands
You can access scanning commands by using menus, mnemonics,
where available, shortcut keys.
• You can also access many scanning commands from the
keypad. For more information, you can either download the
document, Using the Keypad to Access Kurzweil 1000, from the
Kurzweil Educational Systems website—
www.kurzweiledu.com—or refer to Appendix E, Using the
Keypad to Access Kurzweil 1000 in the Online Manual, ALT+H,
• You can set a button on your scanner to directly scan. For
details, go to the section entitled, Configuring Scanner Buttons.
The Scan Menu
The Scan menu is located to the right of the Folder menu.
To open the Scan menu:
1. Use one of the following methods:
Press ALT, then the RIGHT ARROW key until you hear the
name of the menu.
To use mnemonics, press ALT+S.
2. Use the UP/DOWN ARROW keys to hear each menu item’s
Each menu item has a corresponding mnemonic, and some have
Basic Scanning Functions
Starting and Stopping Scanning
Use one of the following methods to start scanning or to cancel a
scan in progress:
• Open the Scan menu and choose Start New Scan or Cancel
• Or press ALT+S+S.
• Or press F9.
Note: Canceling a scan when using Repeated Scan mode also
cancels that mode.
Rescanning a Page
1. Place the new page face down on the scanner and close the
2. Open the Scan menu and choose Rescan Page, or press
If you are using Two-Page mode, rescanning replaces both the
current page and the page after it.
Inserting a New Scanned Page Before the Current Page
1. Place the new page face down on the scanner and close the
2. Open the Scan menu and choose Insert Page , or press
If you are using Two-Page mode, inserting a page inserts the two
pages before the current page.
Rerecognizing a Page
Open the Scan menu and choose Rerecognize Page, or press
Note: You can use this feature only if there is an image associated
with the page. Refer to the Keep Images setting in Chapter 12,
Working with Settings.
Rerecognizing All Pages
Open the Scan menu and choose Rerecognize All Pages, or
Note: The program only rerecognizes those pages that have
images. Refer to the Keep Images setting in Chapter 12, Working
Do one of the following:
• Open the Scan menu and choose Scan Repeatedly.
• Or press ALT+S+P.
• Or press CONTROL+F9.
You can set the interval or delay between scans by using the
Scanning Settings tab as described in Chapter 12, Working with
When pages are double sided, or when you are scanning a large
book, it is sometimes convenient to scan one side at a time, then
flip sides, and scan the other side. This is necessary when you are
using an automatic document feeder to scan double-sided pages.
Each time you add more pages to the feeder and scan, you can
instruct the system as to whether or not you are flipping sides.
Even when you are not using a document feeder, you can select the
Flip Sides menu option to indicate that you are changing from, say,
the front side to the back side of a stack of paper, or from right facing
pages to left-facing pages in a book.
In both cases, you need to scan odd numbered pages (that’s the
right hand side in a book) first, in an ascending sequence. You can
then flip sides, and scan the matching even numbered pages,
beginning with the page immediately following the last odd
numbered page scanned. You should then continue with even
numbered pages in a descending sequence until you have scanned
enough pages to match the odd numbered pages that have already
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