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Kurzweil 3000

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is K3000?
  2. What materials can be read using K3000?
  3. What does the program cost to borrow?
  4. How do I know if I am eligible to borrow K3000?
  5. Where can I use K3000?
  6. How long can I check out the K3000 program?
  7. How do I convert my textbooks for use in K3000?
  8. Do I need to get all my written materials digitized?
  9. What will happen to my books when the ATAC digitizes them?
  10. How long will it take for my books to be ready?
  11. When should I bring my books to the ATAC for digitizing?
  12. Does my book have to be chopped if the ATAC has it in its database?
  13. How to I get my books rebound?
  14. How is the reading quality of the digitized text?
  15. Do I have to buy a book even if the ATAC has it in its database?
  16. What should I look for in selecting used books for purchase?
  17. What is "read-only protection" and how do I remove it?
  18. How do I change K3000's reading voices?
  19. How do I make different toolbars available in K3000?

What is K3000?

The Kurzweil K3000 is a text-to-speech program with color-blocked word tracking and other helpful study tools. It was designed to aid students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder by reading aloud scanned text and providing helpful note taking skills.

What materials can be read using K3000?

K3000 can read any text that has been typed or scanned into the program. It can also read any text on the World Wide Web.

What does the program cost to borrow?

K3000 is a free, loaned program to students registered with the ATAC. All other costs associated with the use of services are also free of charge. These services include equipment checkout, training, and program manuals.

How do I know if I am eligible to borrow K3000?

Students may contact Disabled Student Services (DSS) or the ATAC to determine eligibility. At this time, K3000 is limited for use to only those with a registered disability.

Where can I use K3000?

K3000 can be used at any of the computer stations at the ATAC and the Herman B Wells Library. In addition, the program can be loaned to students and installed on a home computer or laptop. The ATAC also loans laptops to those students who demonstrate suffcient need.

How long can I check out the K3000 program?

K3000 is loaned to students on a semester basis. At the selected ending date of the semester, each program must be checked in or renewed at the ATAC. The K3000 software needs to be uninstalled by an ATAC staff member.

How do I convert my textbooks for use in K3000?

Bring your textbooks (and other written materials) to the ATAC, where a staff member will convert it text into "digitized text." This is what we call an "image" file (usually a .kes file), which K3000 recognizes.

Do I need to get all my written materials digitized?

Not necessarily. The ATAC maintains a database of thousands of digitized books, with an emphasis on those most commonly used by students. An ATAC staff member will tell you if any of the books you need are in our database.

What will happen to my books when the ATAC digitizes them?

The spine of each book is removed from the book's pages and "chopped" so that that the sheets can be fed into our high-speed scanners. When your books are returned to you after scanning, you can have them rebound.

How long will it take for my books to be ready?

The beginning of semester is the best time for K3000 scanning. During these busy times you should allow for two to three days for all materials to be completed. During off-peak times, most materials can be processed within 24 hours.

When should I bring my books to the ATAC for digitizing?

The earlier you bring in your textbooks and materials to the ATAC, the better. We want to have your materials back to you as close as possible to when classes begin. Getting books to us early will expedite this process.

Does my book have to be chopped if the ATAC has it in its database?

No. You need only present proof of ownership to receive a book that is in our database. A copy of the existing K3000 file will be made for you without having to chop and scan your text.

How to I get my books rebound?

Chopped books can be rebound at a copy store such as Copies and More (located in the Graduate side of the Herman B Wells Library) or Kinko's and given a spiral or tape binding. Prices for binding range from $1.50 to $4.00 per book. Copy stores such as Copies and More (located in the Graduate side of the Herman B Wells Library) and Kinko's rebind books using a spiral or tape binding. Prices for binding range from $1.50 to $4.00 per book.

How is the reading quality of the digitized text?

The reading quality is extremely good though not perfect. Because many textbooks are designed to be visually appealing, graphics and unusual fonts can reduce scanning quality. This sometimes causes the K3000 reading feature to skip over small pieces of text or to mispronounce them.

Do I have to buy a book even if the ATAC has it in its database?

Yes. Because of copyright laws, students requesting digitized text from the ATAC must first give proof of ownership of the text.

What should I look for in selecting used books for purchase?

When buying used books, look for ones with pages free of ink pen markings and highlighting. These markings can be picked up by the scanner and recognized as unreadable text. If you must buy a book with highlighting, choose one that has a lighter highlighter color such as yellow. Avoid ones with dark colors such as blue, red, and orange.

What is "read-only protection" and how do I remove it?

Digitized books are delivered to you on a CD with the files "write-protected." This means you cannot use various study skills, such as highlighting, with the files. To remove "read-only protection," first save the book to your computer's hard drive (to the Desktop or in My Documents, for example). For each chapter's file, right click and select Properties. Deselect the checkmark in the box next to "read-only." Click OK and the file will be ready to be used in K3000.

How do I change K3000's reading voices?

To change the reading voice, use the "Reading Options" menu. Open the "File" menu at the top of the page and select "Tools." Then select "Options" from the drop-down menu. A window will open with the tabs in a column on the left side. (In Version 7, the tabs will be on the top of the box.) Select the "Reading" tab. In the "Speaker" section a drop-down menu allows voices to be changed. There are a range of automated voices for users to choose from, including both male and female.

How do I make different toolbars available in K3000?

Right click your mouse in the blank area to the right of the toolbars you already have open. A menu appears that gives you access to opening any toolbar you wish.