If you scan to TIFF, you can create KESI files for your students who use Kurzweil by
running the files through the K3000 automater. The automater has been included with the
Kurzweil 3000 Professional (formerly called Scan & Read) stations since version 7. You
must manually install the automater by dragging it from the “Extras” folder on the
installation disk to your computer.
The automater allows you to create a source folder of TIFF documents that the Kurzweil
3000 will convert automatically to KESI files and save into a destination folder, keeping
whatever file hierarchies you had set up intact.
Please note: Do not run scanned documents through OmniPage or FineReader if you
intend to create KESI files. If you use OmniPage or FineReader to OCR the text and then
save to TIFF or PDF, Kurzweil will run the optical character recognition a second time!
Steps for Converting TIFF Files to KESI Files with the Automater
Before you start using the K3000 Automater, copy it off the Kurzweil 3000 CD ROM to
your computer’s hard drive. The K3000 Automater is located on the Kurzweil 3000 CD
ROM in the Extras directory. The files that you want to copy to your hard drive are
K3Automater.exe and K3Automater.chm. When you insert the CD into the computer, the
installer will automatically launch. Cancel the installer, browse to the CD itself, and open
the CD directly. Simply drag the Automater files onto your hard drive.
Make sure that the version of Kurzweil 3000 installed on the Automater computer is
Kurzweil Professional (scan and read). To check this, open Kurzweil 3000, and in the
menu bar, select “Help,” “About.” A window should pop up telling you what version of
Kurzweil you have.
Step one: Create a directory called “TIFF files” on your desktop and copy the tiff files
from the CD ROM to that folder. This will help speed up the process.
Step two: Create a directory called “KESI files” on your desktop. This is where the
completed KESI files will be located.
Step three: Make sure Kurzweil is not running then start the K3000 Automater and set the
Source and Destination directories. To start the K3000 Automater double click on K3000
Automater.exe. Then set the Source Hierarchy to the “TIFF files” directory, and set the
Destination Hierarchy to the “KESI files” directory.
Step four: Click on the “OK” button on the K3000 Automater. This will start converting
the TIFF files.
Step five: Wait. Once all the files have been converted, the K3000 Automater will stop.
May 12, 2009