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Kurzweil 3000

An accessible guide to Kurzweil 3000

What is Kurzweil 3000?

Kurzweil 3000 is a text-to-speach software and study aid tool. Whether you are a student in need of assistive technology, or are simply looking for a new program to use for notation and reading, Kurzweil 3000 can be of use to you. Hampshire has an institutional license of Kurzweil 300, which means as long as you are a student, staff, or faculty member, you can download and use the program for free!

What can I use Kurzweil for?

  • To turn an inaccessible PDF (a scan that is essentially just a picture of the page and is missing readable/highlightable text) inro an accessible one, with searchable text. Click here to jump to our Accessible PDFs guide.
  • When you want a document read to you, either from the document, or to create an mp3 of the text being read that you can listen to anywhere. Click here to jump to our Text-to-Speech guide.
  • To create study guides through notation: you can highlight and annotate documents in Kurzweil, and then pull all of your highlights and annotations into a separate document. You can also dual screen the study guide beside the original reading, or your class notes. Click here to jump to our Annotation guide.

Kurzweil is an enormous application. While this guide cannot address every detail offered by Kuzweil, users should be able to get a handle on the basics of the program by following the steps outlined in the following pages. If a question you have isn't covered by this Resource Guide, try googling it or, better yet, bring it to one of our library staff members at the InfoBar!

Print/PDF resources:

In addition to this resource guide, all the information needed to get started using Zotero can be found in PDF guides compiled by Kurzweil Education, and previous Holistic Learning Program Alumni Fellow Sasha Conley through the Knowledge Commons and the Office of Accessibility Resources and Services (OARS). A list of those PDF versions can be found below:

First Steps:

Click here to get started with registering and downloading Kurzweil.