Kurzweil 3000 English (Standalone)



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Kurzweil 3000 is a literacy support software with powerful reading, writing, test-taking, and study skills tools that makes curriculum accessible to all students.

It is particularly advantageous for students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia, those who require reading intervention, students struggling with reading comprehension and English Language Learners (ELL). It is an ideal literacy instructional tool for any sized education community that is putting UDL (Universal Design for Learning) or an RTI (Response to Intervention) in action.

It is a cost-effective solution for providing support in the classroom and at home.


For free K3000 Webinars, click here.


PLEASE NOTE: Customers cannot return the software for a refund. However, we do offer store credit for the full amount if returned within 21 days. After 21 days a restocking fee may apply.


Purchasing multiple licenses


For schools, colleges, universities and other organizations who are purchasing multiple licenses, you are eligible for a cumulative pricing discount. The total discount increases with each license tier, so the more user licenses you purchase the lower you can expect to pay per license.

Table below outlines per license price for each tier. For example, if you are planning to buy 35 licenses for your school, you will pay $644 for each license code.

Single user license
2-9 user licenses
10-29 user licenses
30-49 user licenses
50+ user licenses


Contact our customer service to purchase multiple user licenses by emailing info@bridges-canada.com or calling 1-800-353-1107.


Get the latest version of K3000 on a USB   


If you would like to purchase or upgrade to the latest version of K3000, but don't have access to a reliable internet connection, you have the option of a USB media download. You can purchase the USB by changing the product to 'single user license w/ USB'.

To upgrade your existing K3000 with a USB, contact customer service.

Note: You only need to purchase one USB stick. You can use it to download the software onto multiple computers, however you will still need to purchase multiple user licenses in order to activate each one. 


Upgrading to version 16


If you bought a standalone version within the last 90 days (March 8th, 2018 or later), you can upgrade to version 16 for free.


If more than 90 days have passed since you bought your K3000, or you have a previous version you can get V.16 for half of whatever cumulative pricing discount you are eligible for. Just have your license code/serial number on hand when you order. Contact our customer service by emailing info@bridges-canada.com or calling 1-800-353-1107.
You can download the new version by following the link: for Mac and PC.

If you would like to upgrade to v16 but don't have access to a reliable internet connection, you can purchase it on a USB by contacting our customer service. Note that you will still need to order the new license codes to activate V.16. 



Kurzweil in the Chrome environment 


Kurzweil now has a Chrome app available, as well as the Read the Web Chrome extension. Open files directly from Google Docs into the K3000 web app, or read content created in Google Docs with the Read the Web Chrome Extension. Just add the K3000 Google Chrome App and accessible content is one-click away. 


Read the Web Chrome Extension


Add the K3000 Read The Web Chrome Extension from the Chrome web store to have web content read aloud. You can now listen to your tweets, or articles for that research project you’re working on in 30 natural text-to-speech voices that read aloud in 17 languages and dialects.

  • Read efficiently with audio (text-to-speech) and visual (highlights as reads) presentation of material
  • Reduce reading fatigue with human-quality text-to-speech voices
  • Improve comprehension with instant access to 3 types of dictionaries
  • Customize reading rate and presentation to suite your preferences
  • Read The Web is free with a subscription to K3000. No worries if you don’t have a subscription, sign-up for a 30-day free trial.


Chrome App 


Only available on Chromebooks, the Chrome App will launch the K3000 web application just by clicking the app in Chrome. It's easy and quick to access right from your home page. 

k3000 Chrome App



Kurzweil Academy 


A centralized hub of knowledge for all things Kurzweil. You can find videos about the latest updates, or quick tip videos showcasing different features.

You can easily access the Kurzweil Acadamy any time, for free on their website. Click here to visit the Academy.  


Kurzweil Academy 


New User Interface


The new user interface is simpler and more intuitive for new users, but keeps all the rich functionality that experienced Kurzweil users have grown to expect. The update includes a new start screen, but the navigation at the top still acts the same. 

Kurzweil new user interface

If you are able to run the update and decide that you prefer to navigate the old way you can switch back. Just click on "Classic view,” to get to the more familiar interface. And you can also switch at any time to the new interface.
Kurzweil news article in new user interface

Reading Supports


Encouraging active reading -- an educator can embed bubble note questions right in the text! Use for comprehension, making connections, vocabulary development... the teaching possibilities are endless. And this is just one kind of note. K3000 has footnotes, text notes, stickies and even voice notes.

Image Reader reads locked text, such as images, PDFs and even text in a Flash player!

Natural, high-quality acapella text-to-speech voices
Text-to-speech in 18 languages and dialects including French
EPUB supported, updates to PDF and additional new file supports
Microsoft Speech support—11 new voices 
Open Dyslexic font
FineReader® OCR—the highest quality available



  • Multiple note formats for pre, during and post-reading questions
  • Open multiple formats ideal for high speed scanners: pdf, tiff, jpg, docx, etc.
  • Optical Character Recognition that works -- recognize scanned text books and work sheets, even with multiple fonts, graphics and highlighted text
  • Easy, multi-level editing of OCR'd text and pronunciation of words
  • Automated high speed OCR'ing tool
  • Highlight key text and extract for note-taking, learning key vocabulary etc.
  • 2 English Dictionary, French, Spanish, German and other duo-language dictionaries, picture dictionary, syllabification and thesaurus 
  • Highest quality voice synthesizers
  • Read the Web 
  • Built-in MathPlayer from Design Science, Inc. to read MathML content
  • Language translations "on the fly” with Google Translate™
  • PDF Bookmarks preservation
  • Use sticky notes for instructions, call outs or pre-reading questions.
  • Dictionary and thesaurus support is always just a click away.


Writing Supports


Writing Online
10 writing templates
Tier 2 academic vocabulary list
Word prediction
Fill-in-the-blank—now with color


  • Templates to assist writers with pre-writing organization in both text-based and graphical formats
  • Built in Word processor
  • Word Prediction
  • Word lists
  • Key writing habits, check lists
  • A "Start Writing” button and a newly reorganized Write menu to streamline the beginning of the writing process
  • A "Create” button that converts the outline to a draft
Word prediction is better than ever and word lists are an effective way to incorporate new vocabulary into writing.



Writing Online
You can now write and edit online in K3000! With the new Web Editor feature, you can create new documents and edit  .doc, .docx, and text-based KES files. 
Click here for step by step instructions. 


Study Skills


Vocabulary study guides; English and bilingual

  • Six colours for highlighting and extraction; quickly create study notes, vocabulary lists and writing outlines
  • Extract highlights to column-style notes (see below).  A strategy developed at Cornell University proven effective for students who need a clear simple layout to their notes
  • Hyperlink feature that lets you add quick links to web pages and documents
  • Embed voice notes 
  • Footnote, Sticky Note, Text Note, Voice Note, Bubble Note, and Bookmark
  • MP3, DAISY 2, and WAV audio
Turn highlights into an outline right in K3000 with just a click...  
...or use the automated "Extract to Vocabulary Study Guide" to build curricular vocabulary with one click...
...or use "Extract to Graphic Organizer" too!


Comprehension and Test-taking AND Test Preparation Support


Test-taking and test making feature including auto fill-in-the blank, circling answers and locking-out features for high-stakes testing.   
Templates to support active reading, note taking, and chapter summaries
American Heritage® dictionaries—the most up to date
  • Human Voice Pronunciations
  • The multi language Recognition Option
  • Additional Support for Phrases
  • Question and Response Formats
  • Fill-in-the-Blanks for scanned in work sheets
  • Highest level encryption -- lock out features for high stakes testing
  • Record Responses with audio notes
Now K3000 standalone is dual platform, Mac and Windows on the same media -- you no longer have to specify the operating system when you order. 

Vocabulary Building


For academic success students have to constantly add to their vocabulary.  Whether just beginning long answer writing in the primary grades, English Language Learners at Levels 1 or 2 or curricular specific terminology at all stages, Kurzweil has the tools you need. 
Widgit's 40,000 word symbol vocabulary is used for curricular vocabulary support and differentiating confusables.


Why choose Bridges for Kurzweil 3000?


Bridges, the Canadian Kurzweil 3000 Experts.

Bridges trains across Canada in English and French. We've presented at home and abroad on K3000 at international conferences. 
Bridges literally wrote the book on Kurzweil training! It was Bridges that Kurzweil contracted to create the training manual they use around the world, Kurzweil 3000 Foundations.
  • Bridges can get the most out of your purchase. We've counselled dozens of school districts across the country on how to turn old licenses, single copies, Mac, and old versions into network licenses for a fraction of the cost of buying. We were the first to implement web-based licensing for a school district, not just in Canada but anywhere.
  • Bridges stocks a substantial warehouse with inventory to reduce shipping and turnaround time.
  • Bridges tracks and records all serial numbers easing future upgrading, maximizing licensing discounts or replacing lost software. We can issue reports on volumes, serial numbers/customer shipping locations, etc. at your request.
  • Bridges has expert technical support In-house in English or French.


System requirements

Windows System Requirements


1.3 GHz Pentium 4 or better

System Memory 2GB

Hard disk space

2GB of free space

Operating system

Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7

Windows 10 is supported in K3000 version 14.12 and later

Video memory

4MB or better

Screen resolution

1024x768 24-bit colour or better


 All installed clients use some amount of bandwidth to connect to web services. Although the clients will work at just about any speed, we recommend a minimum of 56k/student, 512k/lab.

Additional requirements

Keyboard, mouse, sound card with speakers and microphone, TWAIN-compatible scanner

Mozilla Firefox v50 or later OR Chrome for Read the Web functionality

Internet connection

HoverCam® Solo 8 camera requires available USB 2.0 or 3.0 port

MAC System Requirements (all clients)

  • Minimum Intel processor, running Mac OS 10.8 through 10.13.
  • Minimum 4 GB RAM.
  • Minimum 1 GB hard disk space.
  • Keyboard, mouse, speakers, microphone, Internet connection for Read the Web functionality.
  • Image Capture-compatible scanner.

    Troubleshooting Registration/Activation Problems

    Bridges accepts institutional P.O’s (purchase orders).

    Call us for a quote or just fax or email a P.O. on your letter head.

    How secure is my online order?

    Any information submitted through the web store is safe and secure. Bridges uses state-of-the-art security encryption methods to ensure the highest standards of security for its online customers.

    What payment methods are accepted?

    We accept Visa and MasterCard for online orders.

    What if I do not have a credit card?

    If you do not have a credit card, please call us at 1-800-353-1107 (8:30am - 4:30pm EST) to discuss alternative payment methods.

    How do I know if you have received my order?

    When your order has been completed, you will receive a confirmation e-mail that will be sent to the e-mail address that you entered in the "Registration” page before checkout.



    What shipping options are available?

    Most of our items are shipped by Canpar, which takes 3-5 business days to reach the customer. Where service is not available, or due to the special requirements of the product, we will also use UPS, Puralator or Canada Post. Please allow 10-15 days for order processing.

    Ordering multiple, heavy-weighted items? 

    If our store can’t calculate your shipping costs during checkout, your order may fall outside weight, size, or destination restrictions, for online ordering.

    Sorry about that. 

    Just contact us by email or phone and we'll figure out another way to get your order to you. 

    How much does shipping cost?

    Shipping is calculated individually depending on the weight and size of the item. This will be calculated automatically upon checkout and will be included in the total price when you go to the checkout.

    How long does it take for me to receive my order?

    Order processing time depends on availability of the product from the manufacturer, but typically products are shipped within 10-15 business days after the order is placed. See shipping options for the number of days it will take to reach you after it leaves our warehouse.

    Do you ship internationally?

    No, we currently sell our products and services only in Canada.

    How can I track my order?

    When the order is shipped out, you will receive an e-mail with a tracking number. If you do not receive this e-mail, please call 1-800-353-1107 (8:30am - 4:30pm EST) to receive your tracking number.




    Do you offer a money back guarantee?

    We offer a 21-day money-back guarantee unless otherwise noted. Products must be returned in a resalable condition as determined by Bridges. Returns are subject to a 20 percent restocking fee after 21-days. Many of our manufacturers offer additional limited warranties of longer durations on their products. Returns will no longer be accepted after a period of 90 days. Please call us at 1-800-353-1107 (8:30am - 4:30pm EST) or send an e-mail to info@bridges-canada.com for more information about manufacturer's warranties or returning your product.

    Please note, customers cannot return software for a refund.  However, we do offer a store credit for the full amount if returned within 21 days. After 21 days a restocking fee may apply.

    How do I return a product?

    To return a product you need to get a Return Authorization (R.A.) number from us. Please call us at 1-800-353-1107 (8:30am - 4:30pm EST), e-mail us at info@bridges-canada.com or fax us at 905-542-7242 to get an R.A. number and further instructions. Please note, Bridges will not accept returns without an R.A. number. The customer is responsible for shipping costs of returned products.

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