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Kurzweil 1000 Basics
This section provides an overview of the two ways of using Kurzweil 1000: the keypad and the menus. It explains how to locate important features, and how to get help as you work. The menu system provides access to the complete Kurzweil 1000 feature set, while the keypad provides a subset of the features. Keep this in mind as you decide which method you want to use. Many users opt to learn both as in a number of instances, it is faster to use the keypad.
You can operate Kurzweil 1000 through the numeric keypad on the right-most side of a standard Windows keyboard. The keypad has five rows of keys. The top row has four small keys; the next three rows have three small keys; and the bottom row has one long horizontal key and one small key. The right side of the keypad has two long vertical keys below the first square key in the upper-right corner. If you have a laptop computer, you can also use equivalent functionality on the keyboard. The keys you use may differ from system to system, so check your systems documentation for details. Note: For detailed information about using the keypad, 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.
The Menu System and Dialog Boxes
The menu system is the second way you can work with Kurzweil 1000. You can access all of the Kurzweil 1000 features and settings from menus by using a standard keyboard. The menu system provides auditory feedback. Some menu items open dialog boxes. These are special screens that present a features options, also called "controls" throughout Kurzweil 1000. You know that a menu item has a dialog box when the system says, Opens a dialog. Go to Chapter 2, Kurzweil 1000 Menus and Dialog Boxes for detailed information about navigating in menus and dialogs and working with the different types of controls, such as list boxes, combo boxes, and tree views.
Shortcut Keys and Mnemonics
Shortcut keys and mnemonics provide access to menu items using simple keyboard conventions. For a complete list any time you are in Kurzweil 1000, use the Quick Reference from the Help menu (ALT+H, then Q). Shortcut keys are one or two keys that you press to perform an action. For example, CONTROL+X is the shortcut for the Cut menu item. When using two-key shortcuts, hold down the first key while pressing the second key, then release both. The system tells you the shortcuts as you move through a menu. Other shortcut keys exist for features that are not readily accessible from a menu. Mnemonics are letters that represent menu names or items. To use mnemonics, first press the ALT key to go to the menu bar. You do not need to press ENTER after using a mnemonic. For example,
Reading Navigation Tools
This section describes how to access menu items for finding your current place in a document and for moving around in a document using reading units.
Determining Your Place in a Document
Its often helpful to determine where your cursor is located. To find out the current line number, the page number, and the document name, press SHIFT+F1 on the keyboard. If your page has layout information, you can find out the location of the current word in the original scanned document by pressing CONTROL+F1.
Moving by Reading Unit
To read by unit, do one of the following: Open the Read menu and choose Rewind by Unit (ALT+R, then R) or Forward by Unit (ALT+R, then F). Or press F6 for Rewind by Unit; F8 for Forward by Unit.
Reading begins automatically at the new location. You can also skip forward or backward one unit when reading continuously: To skip forward, tap the right SHIFT key or use the F8 key. To skip backward, use the left SHIFT key or F6. To read the current unit, do one of the following: Open the Read menu and choose Read Current Unit, (ALT+R, then C). Or press F7.
Kurzweil 1000 remembers the original layout of a scanned page, although lines may wrap differently on screen, depending on the value of the Line Endings setting in the Reading Settings tab.
When you choose Line as the reading unit, Kurzweil 1000 uses the lines in the original document.
Selecting a Reading Unit
1. Open the Settings menu and choose Reading. The Reading Settings dialog opens with your cursor in the Reading Unit list. Youll hear the current unit setting. 2. Use the UP/DOWN ARROW keys to select the desired unit: You can opt for Line, Sentence, or Paragraph. 3. When you hear the unit you want, press ENTER to accept your selection and close the dialog.
Reading by Alternate Reading Unit
Kurzweil 1000 provides an alternate reading unit. You might want to use the alternate unit as a navigational tool that allows you to move backward or forward more quickly through documents. When the Reading Unit option in the Reading Settings tab is set to anything other than By Paragraph, the alternate unit is By Paragraph. When the reading unit is set to By Paragraph the alternate unit is By Sentence. Use ALT+F6 to rewind by the alternate unit, use ALT+F7 to reread the current alternate unit, and use ALT+F8 to move forward using the alternate unit.
Document Overview Shortcut Keys
SHIFT+F5 starts browsing. The following shortcuts are for Layout Exploration. They are also applicable to table formats elsewhere in Kurzweil 1000. UP or DOWN ARROW moves the cursor one line up or one line down in the current cell or in the cell above or below, respectively. LEFT or RIGHT ARROW moves the cursor from one column to another. HOME moves the cursor to the left-most column in the current row. END moves the cursor to the right-most column in the current row. CONTROL+HOME moves the cursor to the first cell in the table. CONTROL+END moves the cursor to the last cell in the table. F7 reads the contents of the current cell. SHIFT+F7 tells you the contents of the first cell in the current row from anywhere else in the row.
Navigating in Documents
This chapter contains the following topics: Document Navigation Methods. Accessing Navigation Commands. Page Navigation. Cursor Navigation. Bookmarks. Bookmark Navigation. Links. Document Navigation Shortcut Keys.
Document Navigation Methods
Kurzweil 1000 provides multiple document navigation methods: Going to a Specific Page lets you type in the exact number of the page to which you want to go. Going to the Last (cursor) Position allows you to backtrack to 20 of the previous positions where your cursor had been. Going to Bookmarks lets you go to bookmarked text. Links enables you to go to another place in the current document or opens a related file or Web page. In this chapter, we cover navigating a document using the features listed above, as well as their creation or setup.
Accessing Document Navigation Commands
Navigation commands are available from the Navigation menu. You can also use mnemonics or shortcut keys, if available. For the Go to Page command, there is a Reading Keypad key. Note: For more information, you can either download the document Using the Keypad to Access Kurzweil 1000 from the Kurzweil Educational Systems websitewww.kurzweiledu.comor refer to Appendix E, Using the Keypad to Access Kurzweil 1000 in the Online Manual.
Chapter 5. Document Navigation Tools and Methods
The Navigation Menu
The Navigation menu is located after the Read menu and before the Settings menu when a document is open. To open the Navigation Menu: 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+V.
This section presents information about the Set and Unset User Page Number features, as well as the Go to Page navigation function.
Setting and Unsetting User Page Numbers
By default, Kurzweil 1000 numbers the first page in a scanned or any other KES document as page 1, the next as page 2, and so forth, even if you begin scanning at page 50 of a book. Also by default, it does not take into account different numbering schemes such as those typically used for tables of contents, for example. The Set User Page Number feature lets you assign page numbers. This is helpful for keeping the Kurzweil 1000 document page numbers synchronized with the actual document page numbers. When you set a page number, the system checks to make sure that the new page number does not conflict with other page numbers you have set. These user-defined page numbers must be in ascending order from the beginning to the end of a document. For example, you can change page 10 of a document to page 5, but
To take other actions for a misspelled word: With your cursor in the desired word, press: CONTROL+X to Read Context for the word. CONTROL+L to Spell the word. CONTROL+I to Ignore the word. CONTROL+G to Ignore All instances of the word. CONTROL+A to Add to Word List and your user dictionary. CONTROL+R to Replace All instances of the word with the correction. To create a list of misspelled words: With your cursor in the misspelled words list, press CONTROL+C. The contents of the list are copied to the clipboard, ready for you to paste into another document, which could be in another application. To apply all pending actions and hear updated statistics: Press ALT+Y. The system also regenerates the misspelling list with this command. To exit the Ranked Spelling dialog: Press ALT+Y or ENTER if you want to apply all the actions. Or press ALT+C or ESCAPE if you want to cancel all actions. To leave the Ranked Spelling dialog to review and correct misspellings in the document: Press ALT+E or CONTROL+E to edit the word in the document. Note: While in this mode, you can use the F3 or SHIFT+F3 keys to find the next or previous occurrence of a misspelling, respectively. To return to the Ranked Spelling dialog, press ESCAPE.
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Note: When you return to the dialog, the selected word is either the next misspelled word on the list, or the same word if there are further instances where it is misspelled. More Tips for Working in the Ranked Spelling Dialog Box: By pressing F1 in the list of misspelled words, you can hear what you can do with each word. CONTROL+ L spells the word. CONTROL+ SHIFT + L spells the word mnemonically. F7 or the SPACEBAR repeats the word, the count of the number of times it occurred in the document and the action that is pending for it, if any. You can search the list of words by pressing CONTROL+F. In the find dialog that opens, type in a word or partial word, then press ENTER to search the list. Kurzweil 1000 reads the first item it finds. Press F3 to move to the next matching item, and SHIFT+F3 to move to the previous match.
Setting Spell Check Properties for Ranked Spelling
The Spell Check Properties dialog contains options that control the way Kurzweil 1000 handles prefixes and suffixes, words with special capitalization, and words that contain numeric characters. To access the dialog, first choose Check Spelling from the Tools menu (ALT+O+K) to open the Spell Checker dialog, and then press ALT+P to open the Spell Check Properties dialog. Note: The Properties dialog is also used by the Spell Check function. Kurzweil 1000 uses any Properties options you set for Ranked Spelling for Spell Check, and vice versa.
To ignore special words: 1. In the Ranked Spelling dialog, press ALT+P to open the Properties dialog. The dialog opens with the Capitalized list selected. 2. Use the UP/DOWN ARROWS to choose Ignore for the any following types of words you dont want spell checked: Capitalized (ALT+Z) for words with initial capitalization. All Caps (ALT+P). for words composed of all capital letters, such as acronyms. Partial Numbers (ALT+N) for words with both alpha and numeric characters. By default, Kurzweil 1000 checks all words of these types. 3. Press ENTER to close the Properties dialog. 4. After exiting the Properties dialog, press ALT+P to apply the changes, and regenerate the list of misspelled words. This removes any capitalized Properties dialog. To ignore user-specified prefixes and suffixes: You can direct the Ranked Spelling to ignore prefixes and suffixes included on lists you create. 1. In the Spell Checker dialog, press ALT+P to open the Properties dialog. 2. Press ALT+X to move the cursor to the Prefixes text box, or press ALT+S to move the cursor to the Suffixes text box. 3. Type a prefix or suffix you want the Spell Checker to ignore. You might want to add a prefix such as "http:" to the list. For suffixes, you might want to add ".com".
Table Identification Setting
Documents sometimes contain tables, and Kurzweil 1000 is able to read them as a table, allowing navigation by cell, and automatically reading the appropriate headings for the cell. If the table formatting was not identified correctly, this can occasionally be problematic. You can, as a consequence, disable this feature here. Note that if you modify a page that contained a table when this feature is disabled, and you later save the document, when you read it later it will no longer have a table, even if this setting has been re-enabled.
Line Endings Setting
The Line Endings feature determines what the Kurzweil 1000 editor does with the original line endings in a scanned document. They may be Respected or Ignored. If Line Endings are ignored, then paragraphs are used to determine how text is positioned in an editing window. The number of lines in a paragraph becomes a function of the width of the editor window, the size of the font, and the length of the words. When a word wont fit because it is too close to the right margin, it becomes the first word on the next line. This approach is normal for word processors, because it is very convenient when you are composing or editing. If you change the setting so that line endings are Respected, the original line endings from the scanned document are used to establish the end of each line in the document. It no longer matters if the words dont actually fit in the window, as the text will scroll horizontally in the window. From the perspective of the editor, each line is now also a single line paragraph. Each real end of paragraph mark is doubled, so that there is a blank line after the end of each paragraph. However, commands that would normally work on a
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paragraph, such as paragraph editing, or forward/rewind by unit when the unit is set to a paragraph, will now behave as though each line was a paragraph. You can change this setting whenever you wish and all open files will alter their behavior based on the setting. Why would you want to do this? Because sometimes you might want to pay careful attention to the original line endings. You might find this appropriate when you scan and read Poetry, computer code, or forms. The effect of this command varies depending upon the type of file you are reading. Word processor documents such as Word, Word Perfect, and RTF, dont contain end of line information. Each paragraph will end up stretched on a very long line, wrapping only when it hits the maximum width of the editor itself. Text documents, on the other hand, usually have either end of line information or end of paragraph information, but not both. Use of this feature for most text documents will give you pretty much what you would get if you were to open the text document in a text editor, such as Notepad or Wordpad. Scanned documents (KES files), typically contain both line endings and paragraph endings, both from the original scanned document.
If you want to open your documents in other applications but are not sure what format to use, the best choice may be plain ASCII text. An ASCII text file contains just unformatted characters. This is a good choice if, for example, you want to run the file through a textto-Braille conversion program, or paste the text of the document into an e-mail message. You can also open ASCII files in most word processors, although such files do not have any formatting information. An ASCII file has a name followed by a period and the letters TXT, such as Mineral.txt.
Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) is the file format used for World Wide Web pages. There are couple of situations in which you may want to save your file in this format: If you intend on using the file for Web access. Or as a study tool or a dynamic table of contents if you have embedded multi-level bookmarks in the document. In this case, when you save the file in HTML format, Kurzweil 1000 extracts the bookmark descriptions and converts them into live links. By selecting the link, you can go directly to the text which has been bookmarked. For more information about multi-level bookmarks, go to Chapter 5, Document Navigation Tools and Methods. An HTML file has a name followed by a period and the letters HTM, such as Story.htm.
DAISY is the leading international standard format that libraries for the disabled use. It supports digital text, recorded speech, indexing and bookmarking. DAISY file names are followed by a period and the letters OPF. When you download DAISY files to Kurzweil 1000, the program preserves page bookmarks for your navigation convenience. You can have Kurzweil 1000 read downloaded DAISY files, but you cannot edit or overwrite them. You can also save any type of file as a text-only DAISY (version 3.0) file. Kurzweil 1000 preserves text along with Bookmarks, Links, Notes and tables.
Note: You can also save documents as DAISY audio files using the Create Audio File utility. To use this utility, choose Utilities from the File menu, and then choose Create Audio File (ALT+F+U+T). For more information, go to Chapter 14, File Portability.
Other Available Formats
In addition to the formats described in the previous section, Kurzweil 1000 supports the following formats: Braille, Grade 2. MS Excel 5.0. MS Word for Windows. WordPerfect for Windows 6.1. To hear additional file formats, select Other in the File dialogs Format box. Kurzweil 1000 supports over 100 other formats.
Shortcut Keys for File Management
Attribute (mnemonic A) which tells you whether the folder is a normal or read-only folder. You can select Normal to enable editing in the file or select Read Only to disable editing in the file. The DOS Name (mnemonic D) for the file.
CONTROL+SHIFT+O to open a text file from a floppy disk. CONTROL+SHIFT+S to save the current document as a text file onto a floppy disk. CONTROL+SHIFT+D to delete a text file from a floppy disk. CONTROL+SHIFT+A to open a KES file from the current folder. CONTROL+SHIFT+H to save the current document as a KES file into the current folder. CONTROL+SHIFT+T to save the current document as a text file into the current folder. CONTROL+SHIFT+E to delete a KES file from the current folder.
Working with More Than One Document
You can open more than one document file at a time either by choosing Open from the File menu. When you open multiple documents, you can read or edit only one document at a time, the active document. In addition, you can scan into only one document at a time, the scanning document. The active document and the scanning document can be the same document, or different documents. This allows you to scan and read in separate documents at the same time. If you exit with multiple documents open, the system checks for documents that need to be saved, and asks you about them one by one (unless AutoLoad is enabled). If you use the keyboard shut down or power off commands, the system will warn you if you should save any open documents. If the system crashes while multiple documents are open, a restore operation will restore all of them with their correct names and formats.
Changing the Default Folder
Moving Among Documents
The Window menu, located immediately to the left of the Help menu, enables you to move among documents. The mnemonic for the Window menu is ALT+W. The items on this menu are: Next Document. There are two shortcuts you can use for this command: CONTROL+F6 or CONTROL+TAB. Previous Document. You can also use (shortcut CONTROL+SHIFT+F6 or CONTROL+SHIFT+TAB. File list, containing all the documents you have open. The mnemonic for each document name is its number in the list, so the first document has the mnemonic 1, the second has the mnemonic 2, and so on. The names appear in the order in which the files were opened. As you move among documents, Kurzweil 1000 announces the name of the current active document.
When Kurzweil 1000 starts for the first time, its default folder is the General folder beneath the Kurzweil Educational Systems folder, in My Documents. When you save a settings file, Kurzweil 1000 also saves the path of the current folder. Because it uses that path only at startup time, the folder setting will have an effect only when it is in the default settings file. To have Kurzweil 1000 always come up in a particular folder, make that folder the current folder. Save settings, specifying default as the settings file name. When you start from then on, it will be in that folder. For details on saving settings files, go to Chapter 12, Working with Settings.
Working with File Utilities
The File menus Utilities submenu (mnemonic U) has three items if no files are open, eight additional items if files are open. The three that are always available are listed first: Copy (mnemonic C). Move (mnemonic M). Merge and Open (mnemonic G). Extract Image (mnemonic E). Extract All Images (mnemonic X). Remove Image from Page (mnemonic R). Remove All Images from File (mnemonic I). Remove Layout Information from File (mnemonic L). Remove Page Headers and Footers (mnemonic H). Create Audio Files (mnemonic T). Audio Spooler Monitor (mnemonic O). Convert Bookmarks to Notes (mnemonic V). This section provides information for all but the last three items on the Utilities submenu. For information about audio files and the Audio Spooler Monitor, go to Chapter 14, File Portability. For more on converting bookmarks to notes, go to Chapter 5, Document Navigation Tools and Methods.
Copy lets you specify any number of files, or a single folder, to be copied (the source). It then presents the File dialog box for you to select a destination. If you are copying a single file, you can specify a file name, or a folder into which the file should be copied. If you do not specify an extension for the destination file, the extension of the source file is used. If you are copying multiple files, or a folder, you must specify a folder as the destination. The folder need not exist; Kurzweil 1000 will create it if necessary. As the copy proceeds, the system tells you if a file will be overwritten, and asks if youd like to continue. You can answer Yes, No, All, or Cancel by tabbing to the appropriate button or by pressing its mnemonic. If you choose No (mnemonic N), the copy continues without overwriting that particular file. If you choose Yes (mnemonic Y), the file is overwritten. If you choose All (mnemonic A), the file is overwritten, and you will not be asked again if some other file exists which will be overwritten by the same operation. If you choose Cancel (mnemonic C), the operation stops, although some files may have already been copied. Any file error, such as trying to copy a read-only file, a read-only disk, or a full disk, will terminate the copy operation with an error message. This Copy utility is more powerful than the DOS copy operation, in that you can copy folders, and all of the subfolders under a folder, in one operation. You could copy everything under C:\My Documents to another folder, for example. You can even copy
Accessing Kurzweil 1000 Online Features
Web Braille. When you use the online magazine or online book search features, you are searching the Web Braille Web site, a service of the Library of Congress. Eligible individuals and institutions have access to electronic text from a variety of sources that the service has put into Braille format. The Web Braille site is password protected.
Guidelines for Using Online Material
Kurzweil Educational Systems provides online access as a convenience to and as a source of enjoyment for customers, but keep in mind that the material you download should be used within the guidelines of copyright laws.
Online options and commands are accessible only through the menu interface. The Online menu is located to the right of the Tools menu in the Kurzweil 1000 menu bar, and contains selections that enable you to search for books and magazines, text from the Classic Literature CD, as well as for news from Kurzweil Educational Systems and for Kurzweil 1000 product updates.
General Search and Download Process
Selecting a search from the Online menu opens a Online Search dialog. Each type of search has its own Search dialog with unique options as well as common elements that they all share. Refer to the last several sections in this chapter for specific details about each Search dialog. While the system performs the search, the Online Status dialog provides you with ongoing audible status. The Online Status dialog contains five components: Status box (mnemonic ALT+S) announces the status when Kurzweil 1000 completes searching the first site and then again after the last site, or when theres an error. You can press any key during the search process to hear the current status. Items available for download box (ALT+I) follows. When the search is complete, a checkbox list of books available for downloading is presented in this box. Use the UP/DOWN ARROW keys and the SPACEBAR to select any number of items. You can also search the list of books by pressing CONTROL+F. In the find dialog that opens, type in a word or partial word, then press ENTER to search the list. Kurzweil 1000 reads the first item it finds. Press F3 to hear the next matching item, and SHIFT+F3 to hear the previous matching item. Search Again (ALT+A) is active only if you have chosen not to download any items. Choose this command to go back to the Online Search dialog with the selections and entries you just used for this search. OK and Cancel. You can also use the ENTER key to OK the download. When you OK a download, Kurzweil 1000 downloads
the materials in the background so that you can continue to use other functions and applications. You can download multiple files. If there are multiple file formats, you can select the format you want. This is especially helpful for downloading Braille versions of BookShare documents. Once downloaded, you can open and read the file or files. Notes: Certain sites, like Bookshare.org, are subscription- or member-based, and require a user name and password when downloading and opening files. Bookshare.org also grants institutional accounts. With this type of account, an employee of the institution logs on, and downloads books on behalf of members, such as students. Each downloaded book needs to be associated with the member who gets it. If you log onto Bookshare with an institutional account and attempt to download a book, Kurzweil 1000 asks you to select the appropriate member from a list of members associated with the account.
The Online Search for Books Dialog
The Online Search for Books dialog contains the following components along with the OK and Cancel commands: Search list box (mnemonics ALT+S) lets you indicate search by Title or by Author. Contains combo box (ALT+C) in which you type the title or author name. Depending on what you chose in the Search list box (Author or Title), the box also contains a list of up to either your last ten Author or Title searches. Use the UP/DOWN arrows to retrieve a name or title from the list. A list box from which you can select the conjunction and, or to combine conditions to help you hone in your search. Go to the subsection Performing Complex Searches and Refining Searches for more information. Another Search list box with another Contains text box below it for your combination search. These two boxes are available only when you specify a conjunction. Query text box (ALT+Q). When you finish specifying your search parameters, they appear in this box and youll hear the contents. You can edit the contents of this box to refine your search and
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perform power searches. Go to the subsection Refining Searches and Performing Complex Searches for details. Sites box (ALT+T) lists available Web sites for your search. Each item has an associated check box. By default, all sites are checked. To check or uncheck an item, use the UP/DOWN ARROW keys to go to the desired one, then press SPACEBAR. Kurzweil 1000 uses the message voice for checked items, and the reading voice for unchecked items. Pressing CONTROL+Y lets you hear whether or not an item is checked. You can use the Save Settings feature to save your preferred search sites. For example, if you know you dont want to search the Baen site every time, you can deselect it, save and load the setting to eliminate the need to deselect it each time you run a search.
Performing a Simple Search for Books
1. Open the Online Search for Books dialog. 2. Specify whether you want to search by title or author in the Search list box. 3. Type all or part of the title or author in the Contains combo box. 4. TAB to the Sites checkbox list. 5. Press the SPACEBAR to uncheck the Web sites you dont want to search. By default all the sites are checked. 6. Press ENTER. The Online Status dialog opens. As Kurzweil 1000 searches the sites based on your search condition, youll hear the status. When the search is finished, available books you can download appear in the Items available for download checkbox list, and your cursor is now in the first item of the list.
Kurzweil 1000 uses keypad layers to provide access to a wide array of functions and features. There are three main layers: Reading, File Management and Settings. Switching between layers: Hold down the Shift key (the horizontal key in the lower-left corner of the keypad) and tap the Accept key (the small key in the upperright corner of the keypad) until you hear the name of the layer you want. Keep holding down the Shift key as you cycle through the layers. In addition, each keypad layer has a sub layer, or Shifted layer, with additional functions. To access a keypad sub layer, hold down the Shift key and a key on the keypad. For instance, after you press the Shift Accept combination to get to the File Management main keypad, press Shift and the number 2 key to get to its sub layer; this key combination saves your file in export format.
Layer 1: The Reading Keypad
The Reading keypad is the default layer when you start up Kurzweil 1000, and is the keypad you use for scanning, reading and moving around in a document. With this keypad, you can change the reading speed or volume and access the dictionary and thesaurus. This keypad has two configurations: Kurzweil 1000 and a Screen Reader compatible one. Both provide access to many reading commands, as well as document navigation functions and dictionary lookup. If you prefer to use the Screen Reader keypad, you must select the ScreenReader option in the Configuration Settings tab page first, then press SHIFT+Accept from the keypad until you hear, "ScreenReader Keypad."
Layer 2: The File Management Keypad
Use the File Management keypad to create and delete the folders that store your Kurzweil 1000 documents, and to move between folders. You can open, close, and delete document files, and save files in other formats.
Layer 3: The Settings Keypad
The Settings keypad lets you customize the Kurzweil 1000 environment. In this keypad layer, you can change the reading voice for documents, or change the system voice that reads prompts and messages. You can also change some scanning options.
Saving a File with its Name and Format
To save a document with its current name and format, press Save File (first key in row 4) in the File Management keypad, and press Accept to confirm the file save. Saving a File with another Name or Format To save a file in Kurzweil 1000 format: Press the Save key (the first key in row 4) in the File Management keypad. The first time you press Save, Kurzweil 1000 prompts you
to press the Accept key to save the file with its current name, or to press the Save key again to rename the file. Press the Save key, then use the keypad or keyboard to enter any file name you want. Go to the subsection, Naming Files and Folders, further along in this document for information about entering a file name using the keypad. To save a document as a text file: Press the Save As key (the second key in row 4). Save As also allows you to rename the file. The Save As key saves the file to the current folder. To save to a different folder, change folders before saving. To save a document in the export format you have selected: Press SHIFT+Save As key (second one in row 4). If you have not chosen a format using the Export Format key, the default save format is RTF. These keys also allow you to rename the file.
Naming Files and Folders
When you save or rename a file, or when you create a folder, you must supply a name. You can use the keypad to enter the name without any need for typing on the full keyboard. Certain keypad keys correspond to letters and digits. Across row 2, the first key represents the letters A through E, the next key represents F through J, and the third key represents K through O. Across row 3, the keys represent P through T, then U through Z, then 0 through 4. Across row 4, the keys represent 5 through 9, Space, and Backspace. Tap a key repeatedly to cycle through its range of characters. It is important to note that you must press the Accept key after each letter you want the system to recognize. If you make a mistake while you are entering a file name, press the
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Backspace key (the third key in row 4), then Accept, to backspace over letters. For each letter you add, Kurzweil 1000 reads the name to that point. If you are using the numeric keypad on a standard keyboard, you can use the keyboard's alphanumeric and editing keys to help you enter a file or folder name. If you press the Change Folders button on the keypad, you can type a partial path, and then press TAB to have the system complete the name to the end of the current folder name. If you type C:\My, then TAB, the system may complete the partial folder name as My Documents. You can then continue typing. If there is more than one folder name that matches your typing, the system lists them. You can then type more characters to identify a particular folder. If no folder matches the characters, you'll hear a message. You can then Backspace over the characters you typed. The TAB key also tries to complete file names if you are opening or deleting files. Press SHIFT+TAB on the keyboard to erase all characters to the previous backslash. If you have not yet typed anything, press SHIFT+TAB to move up to the parent directory. When you finish entering the name, press Accept. Accept is the key in the upperright corner of the keypad.
Text Quality setting 234 Two Pages setting 232 Recognition Settings default 269 overview 217 tab 230 Recognition Statistics cumulative 140 for last page 138 overview 138 poorly recognized pages 140 viewing 138 Recognize Currency 123 recognized page reading 51 recognizing currency, money 123 forms 204 reference tools accessing 90 Define a Word 92 from menus 91 shortcut keys 103 thesaurus 94 translations 101 region, moving through text by 48 registering Kurzweil registration Certificate of Ownership 1, 2 online method 3 phone method 5 serial number 1, 2 who and why 1 regular expressions in Find and Replace
removing headers and footers 334 repeating what youve read as method of studying 107 replacing
text 175, 177, 178 text throughout document 179 text throughout Kuzweil using regular expressions 175 Rerecognize All Pages 120 Rerecognize Page 120 rerecognizing page while scanning 116 Rescan Page 119 rescanning a page 116 resolution, optimizing 132 restoring file 335 Settings files 276 rich text format (RTF) 286 RoadRunner 352 RTF document conversion controls for opening 265 RTF file format 286
Save Partially 310 Save Recognition 136 saving a new file 306 Braille documents 266 documents 267 file 283, 292, 308 file in another format 309 file with a new name 309 form 207 partial document/file 310 recognition 136 settings files 273 settings files, partially 274 text documents 266 Scan menu 118 Scan Repeatedly 121 scanner description 11 margins, auto size 252 optimizing settings 131
scanner buttons configuring for scanning, faxing and photocopying 150 Scanner Margins Settings tab 251 scanning active and scanning document, descriptions 115 batch 229 batch, overview 143 color 135, 228 commands, accessing 118 currency 123 forms 204 from Microsoft Word 151 grayscale 228 hot keys, defining 149 inserting page 116, 120 optimizing recognition 137 optimizing scanner settings 131 overview 11, 114 process 13 repeatedly 117, 121 rerecognizing a page 120 rerecognizing all pages 120 rerecognizing page 116 rescanning page 116, 119 settings 223 shortcut keys for 148 signature files 127 speeding up process 129 starting and stopping 119 using a document feeder 122 using a hot key 149 using scanner buttons 150 while keeping Kurzweil 1000 in foreground 117 scanning document 115 Scanning Settings defaults 268
overview 216 tab 223 screen readers overview 16 searching complex search 378 for blank pages 177 for books online 375 for magazines online 382 for Notes descriptions 110 for special characters 176 for tables 174 for text 172, 173 for text by formatting 174 for text by using Bookmark descriptions
simple search 376 the Classic Literature CD 384 searching for text backwards (Find Previous) 173 selecting blocks of text 161 entire document 159 files and folders in File dialog 294 Links 85 menu item 27 Reading Unit 47 text 157 text across multiple pages 159 Send To device 348 Email Recipient 358 user device 356 serial number 1, 2 Certificate of Ownership 1, 2 Set User Page Number 67 settings accessing 218 Active Speech 259 AutoLoad 258
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Kurzweil 1000 for Windows Version 10
Kurzweil 1000TM is awardwinning software that makes printed or electronic text readily available to people who are blind or visually impaired. It combines accessibility, communication and productivity tools to ease and enhance their reading, writing and learning experience. 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.
Kurzweil 1000 Features and Benefits
State of the Art Synthetic Speech Options Clear, human-sounding VoiceTextTM voices from NeoSpeech as well as IBM ViaVoice deliver superior text-to-speech (TTS), making reading easier to hear. Users can adjust all voices to suit their individual tastes. Choices for More Accurate Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Two OCR engines, ScanSoft OCR and ABBYY FineReaderTM, provide the most accurate available OCR. For the best possible scanning results, Kurzweil 1000 also has the ability to automatically correct many errors. In addition, a noise filter option lets users ignore regions near the edge of a page that were incorrectly identified as text. Scanning Optimization Kurzweil 1000 incorporates powerful scanning optimization enhancements such as thresholding, brightness, resolution, and speckle removal, thereby providing an easy way to obtain better recognition results and to eliminate the frustrating trial and error associated with scan settings. Writing and Editing Tools Kurzweil 1000 makes document creation and modification easy with an audible text editor, dictionary, thesaurus and prioritized spell checker. In addition, proofreading keystrokes for reading a word at a time with full punctuation and capitalization reporting is especially useful when exact punctuation is essential. Study Tools Bookmarks, notes, document links, annotations, skimming, summarization and outline creation add an array of tools for reading reinforcement. Students and professionals can use these features to quickly find, mark and retain important information. Table Creation, Editing and Reading Kurzweil 1000 users can access and work with tables with ease.They can create and modify tables using simple editing operations. In addition, users can convert blocks of text into a table and, conversely, turn a table into text.Table Reading has also been enhanced to provide easier access to table-rich content, especially from Web sources such as Wikipedia. Online Information Search and Retrieval Users can quickly obtain online information from a variety of sources, whether e-books, magazines or encyclopedias, all within Kurzweil 1000. In response to simple requests, it efficiently searches selected Web repositories, including Bookshare.org, NLS Web Braille, AccessWorld, Talking Newspaper Association of the UK, NFB Publications, or online encyclopedias such as Columbia Encyclopedia and Wikipedia (in multiple languages), and presents choices for download.
Sending Files to Portable Devices Kurzweil 1000 can send files to BrailleNoteTM, Book PortTM, BookCourier and other devices as well, so users can read documents and books on the go.
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DAISY Format Support Kurzweil 1000 opens, reads, edits and saves text-only DAISY files, including all bookmarks, links and notes. In addition, Kurzweil 1000 has Type 2 DAISY file support, offering full audio and audible document navigation which allows users to quickly access different parts of a document, such as a table of contents, indices and bookmarks, and navigate the document. Audio File Creation Users can create MP3 and WAV audio files of text documents. If the document being converted into audio files contains bookmarks, Kurzweil 1000 can use those bookmarks to separate audio files into more manageable and organized sections, adding to the convenience of hearing Kurzweil 1000 read on portable players. Braille Embosser Compatibility Kurzweil 1000 accommodates Braille embossers, allowing adjustments to number of cells per line, lines per page, page breaks and interpoint. Broad Access to Electronic Files Any file type that can be printed by an application installed on the computer can be opened with Kurzweil 1000, dramatically expanding available reading resources. In addition, users with Microsoft Word can open and save any file format that Microsoft Word supports, making it easier to access and work with a wide range of files. Other Notable Features - Magnification and highlighting support for low vision users - Business Applications - Calculator, Photocopier and Fax - Sending files through popular e-mail applications
Kurzweil 1000 users can easily create, access and work with tables using simple editing operations. Table Reading enables users to navigate effortlessly through a table.
Kurzweil 1000 has dramatically changed my professional life. Before, I had to pay human readers to read me my books and journals.That was both expensive and difficult to arrange. Now, with Kurzweil 1000, I can read independently and easily take notes using multi-level bookmarks. Its many useful features, and the terrific development and support teams behind it, really set Kurzweil 1000 apart from any other adaptive product out there. ~ Luis Eduardo Pena Kurzweil 1000 User and Clinical
Psychologist, Cali, Colombia
I use Kurzweil 1000 to scan my books, mail, even food boxes. And I have used its handy feature for identifying money. I have found it to be the most efficient and user-friendly way for me to read almost anything without human assistance. Each new version of Kurzweil 1000 has increased scanning accuracy and added features that make scanning, finding, and reading material of all types faster and easier.
Sarah Van Oosterwijck Kurzweil 1000 User, Cottage Grove, MN System Requirements Kurzweil 1000 requires a TWAINcompatible scanner and a computer that meets or exceeds the system requirements listed below: Processor: 200 MHz Intel Pentium class processor. If using VoiceText TTS, 400 MHz Pentium II or faster required. Memory: 64 MB, 256 MB for VoiceText. Hard Disk Space: 500 MB and an additional 625 MB if using VoiceText. Sound Card: Sound Blaster compatible sound card with speakers. CD-ROM drive, full-size keyboard and/or 17-button keypad. Floppy Disk Drive (for DECtalk option). For Audio File Creation: MP3 encoder and/or media player. MP3 File Playback on Other Devices: MP3 player capable of playing multiple sampling rates. Operating System: Windows 98, 2000, ME, XP. For More Information For more information on Kurzweil 1000 or to view a full listing of TWAIN-compatible scanners, please see our website or contact a local reseller.
Users can create DAISY audio files to read Kurzweil 1000 documents on portable DAISY players or computers with DAISY software. Also, when creating DAISY audio files, users can use bookmarks to separate a document into multiple audio files, making it quick and easy to divide readings into manageable amounts.
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