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Kurzweil 3000

An accessible guide to Kurzweil 3000


In order to get started using Kurzweil, you will need to register, then either download the standalone desktop application, or login to the browser application. This guide will take you through the steps of each component of this process.

Kurzweil Registration Steps

  • Follow this link to the Kurzweil registration page (Hampshire log in required).
  • On the registration page, enter your name, your Hampshire email address, and chose Hampshire College from the drop down menue. Then click "Add New"
    • If you do not use your Hampshire College email, your account will be deleted.
  • A "Success" message with your Kurzweil Username and password will display below. You will also get a confirmation email. You will be able to change your password later.

Downloading Kurzweil

  • Either download the k3000 installer for Mac, or download the k3000 installer for Windows.
  • Installer files are very large (almost 2 GB), so allow time for them to finish downloading.
  • Mac users may need to alter their security settings to allow the installation of software from an "unidentified developer."
  • When finished downloading, open the installer package, and follow the steps asked of you to install the file like any other application.

Additionally, Kurzweil has several detailed video tutorials on downloading the application.

Web Browser vs. Desktop Application:

As you wait for the download of the standalone desktop application, you can start using the Kurzweil browser application. The browser application is  identical in functionality to the standalone browser application. The primary differences between the two programs are:

  • You can use the desktop application when you're not connected to the internet.
  • You can access the web browser from any computer or tablet connected to the internet.

Some important things to note when deciding which version of Kurzweil you use:

  • The same login information is used in both the browser application and the standalone desktop application.
  • You can access the same files you open in Kurzweil on your computer via the web browser application using your Universal Library, Kurzweil's in house cloud sharing and storage function, and Google Drive. You can find a detailed explanation of how to use these functions in the guide on Importing/Saving your work in Kurzweil.
  • Each subsection of this research guide contains descriptions of how to use both the standalone desktop application and also the browser application, and will be marked as such.
  • Kurzweil's offline mode can only be used for a total of 432 hours before being required to reconnect to the internet.