You have a big text book or a large exam or a bunch of documents you need to turn into Kurzweil files. A lot of even advanced Kurzweil 3000 users or support staff don’t realize there is a great tool that automates a big part of this job, saving hours of watching over a computer – the Automater.
The Automater has been shipped as an optional install for years. But if you don’t have your Kurzweil 3000 install DVD, you can also download the app here: https://www.kurzweiledu.com/downloads/K3Automater.zip
You use the Automater with the output of a high speed scanner or the e-file of a textbook that you might get from a publishing company. In either case, the Automater takes a big multipage pdf or a folder with many TIFF files (a common output format for scanners), OCR’s that file(s), even breaks it down into manageable chapter based files, and dumps it in a folder of your choice.
Point the Automater to a folder with an e-version of a thousand page text book, start it, come back in a few hours to a multi chapter KESI formatted version of the same book.
Kurzweil Educational Systems has an article with a step by step guide on how to use the Automater to turn that bundle of TIFF’s or pdf’s or multi-page pdf into KESI documents. Including an easy to follow how-to video. READ THE POST HERE
Are You Sure You Don’t Have a High Speed Scanner?
Don’t think you have a high-speed scanner? 90% of standard office photocopiers are also automated, high speed scanners.
If the copier in your school or accessibility/disability support office can handle double sided documents, and stands on the floor, it’s probably got an automated scanning function. You feed in a stack of documents, and your copier outputs either a series of TIFF image files, or a big pdf usually to a network drive, USB drive or even an email address – depends how it’s been set-up.
So even if you don’t have a high speed scanner of your own, or the office that has the scanner doesn’t have Kurzweil on their computer you can still make use of the KESI Automater.
- Use the photocopier/scanner at your workplace, college, university or school to do the scanning
- Transport or send the files (Google Drive or Dropbox might be an option for bigger files) to your computer
- Then run the Automater on your machine