Software that makes printed or electronic text accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired. It combines traditional reading machine technologies such as scanning, image processing, and text-to-speech with communication and productivity tools to ease and enhance users' reading, writing, and learning experiences. The software speaks text aloud in a variety of natural-sounding voices that can be modified to individual preferences.
Kurzweil 1000 turns text into a variety of life-like voices and does much more. Users can bookmark, make notes, skim or summarize text to aid mastery of concepts and details. They can modify reading speed, pitch, and emphasis to suit specific preferences and purposes. 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.