Learning Support Software

Kurzweil 1000

Kurzweil Educational Systems
Cost: $995

Kurzweil 1000 is scanning/reading software that makes printed or electronic text accessible to blind and low vision people. The application turns text into synthesized speech and users can bookmark, make notes, skim or summarize text to aid mastery of concepts and details. They can edit or create documents assisted by an audible dictionary, thesaurus or prioritized spell checker, and archive them using a simple file management dialog.

Kurzweil 1000 also retrieves information online with features that simplify locating electronic books and magazines, and even encyclopedia articles from the Web. In addition, it takes reading on the road by sharing electronic information with MP3 players, portable note taking devices, Braille printers and conventional e-mail applications.

Kurzweil 3000

Kurzweil 3000 is a scanning/reading program that enables conversion of print to electronic text which can be read to the user. It offers reading, writing and learning solution for individuals with learning difficulties like dyslexia, attention deficit disorder (ADD) and other literacy difficulties.The program also offers a variety of study skills tools to make learning easy. Currently, Kurzweil 3000 version 8 runs under Microsoft Windows 98, 2000, ME , XP, and NT (Service Pack 6).

Read & Write

Texthelp Systems, Inc.
545 Boylston Street, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02116-3697
Toll free phone: 888-248-0652
Toll free fax: 866-248-0652

Read&Write 8 is a discreet, integrated solution for any users literacy needs, offering outstanding literacy support to all. There is a version for MAC, as well as two versions for the PC. It has been designed as a 'floating' toolbar that will help improve reading & writing skills, with features such as speech feedback, phonetic spell checking, word prediction & homophone support to cover every aspect of the learning spectrum. It includes a DAISY reader, an MP3 output option and a voice input option. The Fact Folder/Fact Finder tools offer unique research support.

OpenBook 8.0

Freedom Scientific
11800 31st Court North
St. Petersburg, Florida 33716

Works with all Windows operating systems including XP: $995

OpenBook allows full reading/scanning support, as well as offering multiple study support tools. The new fax capability lets you send and receive faxes using your PC's modem. You can also use OpenBook to create photocopies of printed documents. The Launch Manager lets you easily export OpenBook documents to other applications like Microsoft Word or Notepad. You can also import documents from other applications so you can read and work with them in OpenBook. Will play back DAISY books and create Braille documents to emboss.

WYNN (What You Need Now)

Freedom Scientific
11800 31st Court North
St. Petersburg, Florida 33716

WYNN Wizard is scanning and reading software. It includes optical character recognition (OCR), the ability to scan printed pages and convert them into electronic text. Speech synthesis enables this scanned text to be read aloud. Additionally, WYNN Wizard can read word processing documents, Adobe Acrobat PDF files, text files, and the Internet. Offer good study support tools, and an easy-to-learn, easy-to-navigate user interface.

WYNN Reader includes all features of WYNN Wizard except OCR, or scanning capability. Additionally, files that have been previously scanned and saved using WYNN Wizard can be read with WYNN Reader.