Kurzweil 3000 is a powerful assistive technology tool designed to support individuals with learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, those who struggle with reading, writing, study skills, and individuals with English Language Learning needs. It combines traditional information processing like reading, writing, and note-taking with more sophisticated functions like text-to-speech technology, word prediction, and various reference tools.
Login and Open a file
To open a file in Kurzweil 3000, follow the steps below:
- Launch the Kurzweil 3000 application.
- Click on the ‘File’ menu located at the top left corner of the interface.
- From the dropdown menu, click on ‘Open.’
- Browse and locate the file you want to open. Kurzweil 3000 supports a variety of file formats including .doc, .pdf, .txt, .rtf, and .kes.
- Click on the file and then click ‘Open’ to view the content
How to read a file in Kurzweil Web:
Kurzweil 3000 comes with a robust text-to-speech feature, making it possible to read files aloud. To use this feature:
- Open the desired file (as explained in the ‘Opening a File’ section).
- Click the ‘Read’ button located at the top of the screen, or use the ‘Control + R’ keyboard shortcut.
- The software will begin to read the text aloud, highlighting each word as it’s read to enhance visual tracking.
Highlighting and Notetaking
Kurzweil 3000 offers a feature to highlight important parts of the text and extract them for further review or study. Here’s how:
Dictionary and Reference Tools
Kurzweil 3000 provides a variety of reference tools to support learning:
- Dictionary: You can look up words directly within the software. Simply click on a word, and then select ‘Dictionary’ from the ‘Tools’ menu.
- Thesaurus: Similar to the dictionary, you can select a word and choose ‘Thesaurus’ from the ‘Tools’ menu to find synonyms.
- Translation: Kurzweil 3000 can also translate selected words into a variety of languages. Select a word and choose ‘Translate’ from the ‘Tools’ menu.
These features, combined with Kurzweil 3000’s text-to-speech and text recognition capabilities, make it a powerful tool for users who need additional support with reading, writing, and studying.
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