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Making reading accessible wherever you are

The kReader PC from K–NFB Reading Technology, Inc., is a break-through in assisted reading and study skills software for students, including struggling readers. Developed under the direction of assistive technology pioneer Ray Kurzweil, the kReader PC makes reading fun for students with its engaging and easy to use interface. What the Apple iPod has done for music, the kReader PC does for books using the latest state-of-the-art video game technology. The kReader PC allows you take create books from a variety of popular PC applications such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Adobe Acrobat and many others. Advances in file format and conversion technology make content acquisition fast and simple. Student created multi-media content provides an interactive way for students of all levels to create their own stories and books.

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Advantages for Students

Many students, particularly those with difficulty reading, struggle with the complicated document displays and intricate navigation commonly found in PC programs. kReader PC has developed a clean, uncluttered interface with a natural book-like display of reading materials. Content displayed in the 3D book format features realistic animated page turning - engaging the student and enhancing the user experience. Study and reference tools are easily accessible. Reading is highlighted and read aloud in high quality text to speech. Word study tools such as dictionary, thesaurus, translation, internet search and other features are immediately available for more detailed study of words or phrases that are not clear. Voice painting encourages students to create documents with multiple speaking characters - inspiring creative writing at all levels. Notes, even handwritten ones are easily exported for later reference or study.

Advantages for Teachers

Acquisition of content has always been a time intensive labor issue for schools who are creating alternate displays of educational content for access by students. kReader PC uses the most advanced Microsoft file format, XPS, to standardize file formats within the program. The XPS file format is created natively in MS Office 2007 and MS Office 2003. PDF and KES files are easily and quickly converted to XPS with no errors. Documents saved as XPS give an exact, high quality image of the original document. This standardized XPS format allows the kReader PC to work seamlessly with all MS Office applications and does not require introduction of specialized file formats. For documents which are not available electronically, kReader PC provides Omnipage 16 OCR for quick and easy scanning into XPS.

Operating System Requirements:

  • Microsoft Windows XP (service pack 2) or
  • Microsoft Windows Vista (service pack1)

Hardware Requirements:

  • A Pentium processor-based PC or compatible computer that meets the hardware requirements of Windows XP Service Pack 2 or Windows Vista.
  • 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) processor
  • 1 GB of system memory
  • A DirectX 9 compatible graphics card (with 128 MB of graphics memory (minimum)
  • Audio output
  • Internet access for certain features
Supported formats

Benefits and Features

  • Assisted reading and study skills solution for struggling readers and others
  • State of the Art Technology
  • Creation of electronic content is quick and easy
  • Clean, simple, uncluttered user interface
  • 3D books for the video game generation
  • Student created multimedia content with Voice Painting
  • Ability to import many file formats: MS Office, PDF, KES and others
  • Highlights words as they are being read aloud in high quality Text To Speech
  • Reference Tools available for students include: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Notes placed on text, highlighting, translation, internet exploration
  • Highlights and Notes easily exported into separate file