Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Using a Digital Camera As a Scanner in Kurzweil

Kurzweil 3000 is a great tool for reading text from the web or printed material. With Kurzweil you can scan a document and it will recognize the text (OCR) and read it back to you. If you do not have a scanner near by and need to read a printed document you can use a digital camera to import the picture to Kurzweil. Watch the video above for step by step instructions. When you open the JPEG file in Kurzweil it will recognize the text within the document and read it back to you. Also you can use Kurzweil's great annotation options to alter your document. When using this method the picture of the document must be clear with the document in the center of the picture. When using this method the OCR quality is below average but is still better than nothing.


  1. WOW this is amazing! those it work in the same way as an id reader?
    I'm just trying to figure out how this thing works..

  2. hi, i'm a student (computer science) and my final project will be with OCR. how can i combine it with Iphone apps?

  3. Hi that is a great question about OCR and the iPhone. Many iPhone apps use the camera to capture an image of the text and then perform OCR. Good luck with the project and let me now if I could help in any way.