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Tutorial Overview: Kurzweil 1000

Kurzweil Educational Systems offers a massive, detailed tutorial for K1000.

To supplement their tutorial, the staff at the ATAC has developed this tutorial sections overview that summarizes the information found in each section.

We are also working on a shorter tutorial for K1000, but in the meantime, please Contact Us if you have any questions. We are happy to assist you.

Section Descriptions

Section 1: Kurzweil's Tutorial Overview

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Section 2: Before You Begin

This section describes where you can find instructions for the installation of this program on your computer; it also tells you what to do to make Kurzweil 1000 run smoothly. Finally, it lists other system requirements you should have installed, in case you want to search online for books, for example.

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Section 3: What Is Kurzweil And What Can It Do?

This section describes Kurzweil 1000's overall functions.

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Section 4: The PC Keyboard and Keypad

Essentials. This section familiarizes the beginning user to the layout of the standard desktop computer keyboard, comparing it with a typewriter. It describes the FUNCTION keys, CONTROL keys, the ARROW KEYS and the six-pack keys. Furthermore, it describes the layout and functions of the keypad (also called the numpad) and tells you to go to the online manual so that you can change the numpad layout from the traditional Kurzweil style to one that users of JAWS screen reader are already familiar with. You can download a text or Microsoft Word manual online at http://www.kurzweiledu.com/downloads_k1000.asp or you can access it from within Kurzweil 1000 yourself. In the keypad paragraphs, you will find out how to access the manual from K1000.

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Section 5: Some Windows and Kurzweil Basics

This section first describes the basic concept of menus on your PC, comparing it to restaurant menus. We then navigate and explore some of the menu options from within Kurzweil - the Help Menu being the first. Dialog and list boxes are also defined and described in detail, as well as sub-menus. They use the example of the online manual. Finally, it describes how to exit a menu, either one stage at a time or completely. It introduces a few shortcut keys - one for time and date and one for undo. It also tells you how to close out of Kurzweil.

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Section 6: More Menu Exploration

This section introduces you to the mnemonics for the top-level menus, such as File, Edit and Scan.

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Section 7: Getting Help

This section describes the different Help options available to you using ALT+H, pressing F1 or Shift F1, and the Help and Status Key on the numpad.

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Section 8: Finding Specific Information from the Online Manual

In this section, you learn how to use the Find Feature and Bookmarks to find specific tasks. Bookmarks are covered in more detail in Section

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Section 9: Reading

In this section, you learn that the default setting has different reading voices - a regular reading voice and a message voice for bolded text. You learn how to start, stop, rewind and navigate through a document. You can have Kurzweil read by units - sentences, (the default) lines or paragraphs. You also learn about the browse feature, handy for large documents. You learn three different options for going to a specific page, and two different options to go back to your previous position in a document.

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Section 10: Adjusting Kurzweil 1000 Reading

This section presents three different ways to increase reading speed. Then, you learn how to go into the Voice Settings Menu and can explore it, changing speech engines and reading and/or message voice. You can change voice pitch, speed and volume.

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Section 11: Changing the Pronunciation

In this section, you learn to change how the speech engine pronounces words. First, you learn how to change pronunciation for words, and the speech engine will pronounce it the way you want it to, regardless of whether the word is upper- or lower-case. But you can also change it for upper-case acronyms such as FBI. The tutorial shows you how to do this.

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Section 12: Specifying and Saving Settings

In this section, there is a brief overview of the Settings Menu, and you learn how to save your settings you made in Section 10. Then, you learn that you can make more than one settings file, because if you read magazines, you might want different voices than you use for a textbook, for example. Then, you learn how to load a different settings file than the default one. The tutorial presents two different ways of doing this.

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Section 13: Changing Verbosity Settings

This section gives you a brief description of what verbosity settings are and when to use them. Then, you learn how to go into the verbosity settings and change the options to how you want them to be. The options are Event, Signal, Message, Restore Default, OK and Cancel. The tutorial goes into descriptions of each option. You then learn how to save these settings.

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Section 14: Scanning

This section tells you how to scan a page, but it doesn't tell you to put the page written-side down on the glass. You learn what happens when you scan, how Kurzweil recognizes the text. You then learn things you can do to improve text recognition without changing settings. Next, you learn how to scan U.S. currency. (It doesn't tell you if the President goes up or down on the scanner; maybe it's trial and error. But there are only two possibilities.) You learn some things you can't scan, or if you scan it, the text may not be sufficiently recognized. You also learn a little about Recognition Statistics, found in your Tools menu.

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Section 15: Scanning Settings

This section shows how you can improve recognized text by changing the settings, and introduces you to the Settings Menu at the same time. The settings covered in this section are Page Orientation, Static Threshold when used with the Brightness Setting, Dynamic Threshold and when to use it, Grayscale, used only with FineReader, and Color. Then, there are two ways to adjust the Brightness Setting. Then, you learn about the Scanning Optimization feature and how to get to it. Next, you learn about the Column Identification Setting, and when it is appropriate to use it. Then you learn about the Two-Page Setting and when to use it. They only mention White on Black and Speckle Removal in that dialog. Margins settings are covered next, which are useful for paperback books. The tutorial describes how you should place the book on the scanner and tells you two different ways to enable the margins setting.

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Section 16: Kurzweil 1000 Tabs Settings

This section presents a more efficient way of changing settings, instead of navigating through different groups of settings. The settings tabs are: Voices, Recognition, Reading, General, Display, Margins, Configuration and Verbosity. There are two different ways of changing the settings in the settings tabs that you learn.

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Section 17: Working with Documents

This section briefly tells you how to scan a document again. You then learn how to close and save a document if you are done reading it. You then learn how to retrieve the file you just saved and closed; there are two ways of opening a file. You learn how to navigate through the list of files to open. Next, you learn that you can append or add to any open file, and K1000 automatically puts it at the bottom of your file. Next, you learn two ways to choose how to save the document without closing it. Finally, there is only a mention of the Auto load Feature, located in the Configuration Settings, for if you're working on a lengthy document over several sessions.

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Section 18: Navigating the File system and Organizing Files

First, this section goes into a general explanation of files and folders on your computer. The tutorial explains why there are so many folders, instead of just one. The tutorial explains what it means when documents are saved into the default folder, General, and then gives you step-by-step instructions on how to move a document in General to another folder. You learn two ways-navigational and mnemonic-to Save As. You explore the folders list. You also learn how to create additional folders.

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Section 19: More about Files and Folders

In this section, you learn how to open documents that aren't Kurzweil 1000 documents. The tutorial presents two different ways: you can type by path name (and there's a detailed description of what that means) or by navigating to the folder in the file hierarchy. The tutorial gives you some tips on how to navigate quickly through the folder trees. Or, you could add the folder to your Favorites list, so you don't have to do all that navigating; the tutorial shows you how to do this and how to retrieve files from Favorites. You also learn how to look at Folder properties and File Properties, and you learn what information is presented in each.

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Section 20: Changing File Types

In this section, you first learn what file extensions are, and then you learn about specific file formats: KES, Text, Rich Text, HTM or HTML, PDF and MS Word. Then you learn how to change documents from one file format to another.

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Section 21: Opening Files with the Virtual Printer

This is how you can open file formats not supported by Kurzweil 1000.

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Section 22: Downloading Electronic Text

In this section, you explore the Online Menu and learn how to download E-books. The options in the online menu are: Search for Books, Look Through the Bookshelves, Search for Magazines, Search the Classic Literature CD, and News from Kesi and Updates. You run through a simple search - either by title or author - and learn to delete websites you don't want Kurzweil to search. You then learn how to select books you want, to download them, to retrieve the files you downloaded, to rename files if they have a cryptic default title, how to navigate to the Downloads folder, and how to search for magazines and the classic literature CD as well.

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Section 23: Using Simple Bookmarking

In this section, you learn about the use of bookmarks and why you'd want to create them. Then, as long as the file is a KES file, you learn two different ways to create a bookmark. You can also create bookmarks by key words. Then, you learn two ways to go to bookmarks you've put in the document.

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Section 24: Summarizing a Document

In this section, you learn about Kurzweil's Summary feature and how to use it. You also learn two different ways to switch the document to the next or previous window. You'll also get a brief review of how to save a file and how to select where you want it saved, so that you can save the summarized document.

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Section 25: Using the Look-up Tools

In this section, you learn two ways to look a word up in the dictionary; 3 ways to read the next meaning of a word; 2 ways to listen to the previous meaning read; one way to repeat the meaning. You can also look up phrases. You can look up words even if you aren't sure of their spelling and get their definitions. You then learn how to close the Definition dialog. You then learn how to look up synonyms for words, and that you can go between the Definition and Synonym dialogs. You can use the Replace function to replace a word for its appropriate synonym, and there are two ways to do that. There are two ways you can hear the spelling of a word, and one way to hear the word spelled with a word alphabet (alpha for the letter a).

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Section 26: Creating and Navigating multi-level Bookmarks

This section begins with a discussion on the benefits of multi-level bookmarks and assumes you've learned the skills in Section 23. In this section, you learn how to cerate Level 1 bookmarks for chapters and enable the chime, so that when you come to it in future reading, you'll hear it along with the description. Then, you learn how to create Level 2 bookmarks for sections in a book. You can create up to six levels. You then learn how to navigate to the bookmarks you want.

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Section 27: Sorting and Editing Bookmarks

In this section, the first thing you encounter is the Select a Bookmark dialog box. You can view bookmarks in three ways - subject, page number and page number and level. You also learn to change the description of your bookmark. You learn two ways to change the level of the bookmark, and another way to change the chime from Disabled to Enabled, and two ways to cancel the changes you just made. There's only one way to apply the changes. You also can choose one of three ways to delete a bookmark.

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Section 28: Using Bookmarks to Create a Summary

Since you can create bookmarks to use as study guides and outlines, you can use the summarize feature to extract the bookmarks you made. You have the option to keep page numbers, if you want to refer back to the book. You are then reminded of how to close a document.

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Section 29: Editing a Text Document

When you edit in Kurzweil, you can use a lot of the same shortcut keys you would normally use in other word processors, such as CTRL+C to copy. The only editing functions you can do from the keypad are Copy and Paste. You can do a lot of the same things you'd normally do in other word processors, and kurzweil will read them, such as font and paragraph alignment. You can also change the way Kurzweil echoes characters in the Read menu from characters, words, or none at all. Besides some simple, standard navigation keys, you learn how to select text, which is something you are already familiar with if you've used other word processors. There are two ways to get Kurzweil to tell you what the selected text is. Most edit functions have their Kurzweil Edit Menu ways of getting there, but you are encouraged to use the standard Windows Keys, since there is less to memorize with them.

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Section 30: Making Global Edits

You first lean how to find text by style - bold text, to be exact by using the Find Dialog, another common Windows task. You then explore all the rest of the things the Find dialog can do - match whole word, case sensitivity, etc. There are shortcut keys to find next and find previous word, so you don't have to keep calling up the Find Dialog. Again, these are good to learn, because they are useful for most word processors. You then learn about the Find and Replace Dialog.

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Section 31: Using the Spell Checker

Spell checking, which you can open with ALT+K, is set up like a lot of spell checkers in standard word processors. You can arrow through a list of suggestions, have the word read to you in context of the misspelling, Ignore, Ignore all, Add to Word list, (adds to your personal word list, which is in the Settings menu. You can add and delete words from this list.), replace and replace all. Another spelling tool is called Ranked Spelling, and you can use it to correct spellings in a large document. The final thing in this section is the Apply Corrections list, which you can edit and delete. You can also make specific Corrections Lists for various subjects or OCR errors that frequently occur.

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Section 32: Sending Files Through e-mail

In this section, you learn about the Send to feature, and you learn how to send either part or all of an open Kurzweil document; you learn that you can send it in a variety of different ways, including as a zipped attachment. You also learn that there are a variety of formats you could use to send the document. Once your e-mail client opens to send the document, you will need to turn on your screen reader to finish sending the e-mail message.

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Section 33 Sending Files to Devices

Although this section tells you how to send documents to Book Courier specifically, commands are similar with other devices such as Braille 'n Speak or BrailleNote. You will use the same menu you used to send e-mail to send one or more files to your portable device. You'll learn about the Destination Dialog in this section, which allows you to select the folder on your portable device where your file should go. You'll be reminded of how to navigate a folder tree if you browse your file system on your portable device. You'll generally have at least two file formats to choose from when you send your file.

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Section 34: Faxing and Other Applications

In this section, you'll be using the Launch application in the File menu, which allows you to send and receives faxes, add programs such as Braille Translators and use Kurzweil as a photocopier. You'll learn how to configure the self-voice fax application to receive faxes. You'll then learn how to navigate to the Fax Folder, which automatically is there after you receive a fax. You'll learn how to have K1000 read the faxes, as well as deleting them. You'll then go back to Preferences, where you will set up receiving faxes by entering company name, phone number, etc. You can send faxes from Kurzweil or from within the fax application itself. You'll learn how to send a cover sheet, as well as scanned images and existing documents. If you send a document that is not a Kurzweil document, you will need to use a Screen reader for Microsoft Word documents, as one example.

 

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