Kurzweil features robust annotation tools. These tools can be used to highlight and alter a document's text in many ways, and also insert a variety of user generated text and audio notes into documents. These notes can not only be read out loud through the application's text to speech functions, but also incorporated into user generated audio files.
As stated in other pages of this resource guide, many of these tools, but not all of them, rely on a document being of a legible quality high enough for Kurzweil to generate readable OCR text. A tutorial on this process is found in the Making PDF's Accessible page.
This page will cover annotation in Kurzweil under two cagories:
In this box, users can learn to use the basic annotation tools that Kurzweil 3000 offers. The core of annotation in both Kurzweil's browser and desktop application remains fairly identical. Both programs have highlighters, a variety of notes options, and the ability to bubble and strikethrough text. However, the locations of these tools varies, as do some options for annotation, between the applications. This box will note when specific tools are application-specific, and also where they affect text to speech functionality.
The Kurzweil browser application's basic annotation tools are less centralized than that of the desktop application. However, they remain easy to access. These tools are split between two menus: the "Highlighters" menu, and the "Notes" menu.
To access the Highlighers menu.
To access the "Notes" menu:
The Kurzweil desktop application's annotation tools are somewhat less complicated than the browser application's. For this reason, this subsection is significantly shorter than the above tutorial on the Highlighters and Notes menus in the browser application. This subsection will be split into two smaller sections: The Tools dropdown menu, and the Tools Window.
The Tools Toolbar in the desktop application is a text only way to select from Kurzweil's full list of annotation tools. To access the dropdown menu:
Users may feel frustrated with the need to frequently return to the "Tools" dropdown menu. Thankfully, this is where the Tools window comes in handy.
In order to locate the Tools window:
Users who have familiarized themselves with the annotation features of Kurzweil should be by now well equipped to mark up documents while reviewing and studying them. One of the final features of annotation in Kurzweil is the ability of the application to extract notes and highlights and compile them into a separate study guide document. Doing so can help users isolate relevant document excerpts for studying, preparing to class, or later conversion into an outline for a paper or writing project.
In order to extract notes and highlights to a new study guide document in the browser application:
Extracting notes and highlights in the desktop application is also simple: