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Using Kurzweil 3000 to Convert a Print/Digital Document to an MP3 Audio File

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The first step in converting a document from one format to another is to know the legal restrictions on creating derivative works, which is what this conversion does. The following two files open in new browser windows:

Fundamentals of Copyright and Fair Use [Word Doc], Office of General Counsel, The California State University, July 2007 (515 KB); listen to the same document as an MP3 file (1.6 MB).

Kurzweil 3000 is a software program that allows one to scan printed material into the computer from a document, book, newspaper, etc. Sentences and words are highlighted while the computer reads the text aloud. The user can choose the voice, speed, and highlighting colors.

Getting Started with Kurzweil 3000

  • Click the Kurzweill 3000 icon on the desktop, and type in your username.
  • To scan a page, lay the page flat on the scanner glass, print side down. Close the scanner lid, and click Scan in the main toolbar. To save the scanned page, click Save in the main toolbar.
  • To type a new document, click New in the main toolbar and start typing the document. To save the document, click Save in the main toolbar.
  • Or click Open on the main toolbar, and enter the name of an existing file.

Here is Kurzweil 3000's opening screen:

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Converting the File

  1. From the Reading toolbar, select a voice, reading mode, reading speed, and font size.
  2. Click File on the menu bar.
  3. Choose Audio Files
  4. Choose Create Audio Files. You can choose to convert a whole document or selected pages, a voice, reading speed, and other options.
  5. Choose Output File, specifying MP3 as the format and entering a filename.
  6. Click OK.
  7. On the desktop, click Kurzweil 3000 Output Audio. You should see your MP3 filename in the Output Audio folder. If you cannot find the Output Audio folder on your desktop, go to this folder: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\KESI\Output Audio\.
  8. Click the filename to save it or read it.
  9. Use Windows Media Player, iTunes, or QuickTime to play the file on your desktop, or play the file with an iPod or other MP3 player.