Whether you are using the Kurzweil browser application, or the standalone desktop application, there are multiple ways to open and save documents in Kurzweil. This page will go over the basics of importing and saving work in Kurzwile, focusing on accessing local files (files saved on your computer), files from your Universal Library (Kurzweil's in house cloud storage and sharing system), and Google Drive. As stated previously in this guide, tools like the Universal Library and its integrated Google Drive functionality enable users to open their saved work on any computer that is connected to the internet.
A local file is one that is stored on the computer that you are using.
The following instructions apply to both Mac and Windows operating systems.
If you are a Zotero user, it is possible to change your default PDF reader to Zotero.
One of Kurzweil's most innovative features is that both its browser and standalone applications are fully integrated with cloud storage capabilities. Users can save and open files directly from Kurzweil's own cloud based storage system, the "Universal Library", and also from Google Drive.
Using the Universal Library:
The Universal Library is Kurzweil's in house cloud server system. Items saved to the Universal Library can be opened from any Kurzweil application on any computer, browser or desktop, so long as it is connected to the internet.
The Kurzweil browser application is, in practice, centered around the Universal Library. It is the first page after logging into the Kurzweil.
The Universal Library is the series of file folders underneath the section "Library Home."
In the previous "local file" subsection, users received instructions for logging into the web browser, and uploading a local file. What users may not realize is that these "local files" are stored to the Universal Library. To access these files:
While opening a local file in the browser application is one way to get your documents into the Universal Library, users can also upload documents directly to its folders. As of now, student users may only have read/write permission (ie. saving, editing, uploading) for three folders, and cannot create new sub folders: "recently_opened_local_files", "public", and "private." For the purposes of this tutorial, users will be encouraged to use the "private" folder.
Unlike the browser application, local files opened in the Kurzweil desktop application do not automatically save to the universal library's "recently_opened_local_files" folder. Users of the browser application must save their work directly to the universal library if they want to access it via the cloud. Remember, saving and accessing the universal library via the desktop application requires users to be connected to the internet.
To save a file to the Universal Library:
Opening files from your Universal Library is a similar process:
Please note that student Kurzweil users have limited options in terms of organizing their uploaded work. Users who would like to organize their Kurzweil work with more detail should use the integrated Google Drive plugin.
While the Universal Library is the default cloud based storage option for Kurzweil Users, Kurzweil 3000 also has both browser and desktop application Google Drive integration. Google Drive integration can be used to import files you've already stored on the cloud into your Universal Library, or to save local files you've opened in Kurzweil into a more customizable file organizing system.
As with the Universal Library, using the integrated Google Drive feature with Kurzweil requires an internet connection in both the browser and desktop applications. While using both is relatively simple, the browser application sometimes requires some extra steps.
Users moving through this guide may have already noticed the button near the "Upload" and "Computer" buttons labeled "Google Drive".
To open a Google Drive file in Kurzweil
You can also add Kurzweil files to your Google Drive in the browser application:
The Kurzweil desktop application also has integrated Google Drive functionality. While you can use the desktop application in offline mode, please note that, like the Universal Library, users can only access their Google Drive through the application's built in functionality when the application is connected to the internet.
note: Users can still open locally saved Google Drive files, as they would open a local file, if they have Google Drive's desktop application.
If you have already opened and converted a local file into Kurzweil, and you would like to import it to Google Drive:
As noted above, users can open files from their Google Drive directly into Kurzweil. To do so: