Kurzweil 3000 English WEB LICENSE annual subscription



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K3000 is literacy support software with powerful reading, writing, test-taking, and study skills tools that makes curriculum accessible to all students.

And with the Web License you get access to firefly for full literacy supports on Chromebooks, Android, tablets and plus reading on iPads too.

New Chrome extensions and apps means its never been easier to read, research and write on the web. Ideal for Google Apps for Education (GAFE) environments. 

And with Kurzweil web license you can now have offline access too for exams, bad internet connections, deadzones et cetera.

It is particularly appropriate 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 size education community that is putting UDL (Universal Design for Learning) or an RTI (Response to Intervention) in action.

Kurzweil 3000 literacy software is a cost-effective solution for providing support in the classroom, at home and with the web license and firefly-- anywhere, on virtually any platform.

Special pricing available for unlimited school or district wide web licensing.

Contact Bridges for a Quote

For free K3000 Webinars, click here.


Advantages of Web License

With a K3000 Unlimited Web License for your school district everyone - staff, students -- get access to K3000 files through the tool of their choice:  Windows or Mac, school or home computer, firefly through any web browser and the firefly iPad app.

K3000 Unlimited Web License -- Imagine the Possibilities:

  • No individual license management
  • Comes with a cloud-based Universal Library so students and teachers can get access to books anywhere
  • Teach with K3000 to all your students -- ELL’s, adult education learners, RTI programs -- it’s UDL implemented
  • Genuine universal access for all via web browser based firefly: library, friend’s house, internet cafes
  • Roaming profiles follow the user so they can read how they like wherever they put firefly to work
  • Ideal for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives -- Mac, Windows or firefly for tablets and firefly App for iPad 


Special pricing available for unlimited school or district wide web licensing.

Contact Bridges for a Quote



Advantages of Web Licensing


For all

  • firefly Chrome App
  • firefly Chrome Read-the-Web extension
  • firefly web app means K3000 reading and writing supports on any PC: get docs directly from Google Drive, Upload pdf from the desktop or thumb drives or use Universal library. From school, home, public library, friend or family PC etc.
  • firefly iPad App free firefly web for access from web 
  • Global availability makes it easy for individuals to maintain their customized preferences
  • Accessible tools wherever, whenever needed
  • Web Universal Library ("cloud" storage) allows sharing of differentiated curriculum, wherever, whenever needed


Teachers, Specialists, Curriculum Directors & Superintendents
  • Home access for teachers and/or students for homework and assignment building
  • Assigning and receiving student work so that IEP benchmarks can be easily targeted
  • Track usage at any level: student, teacher, class, school, and district/campus
  • Addresses all tiers of Response to Intervention (RtI) anywhere, anytime
  • Automated scoring of true/false, multiple choice, and matching questions


Building and District IT Administrators



  • Easy universal cross-platform access at home: Mac, Win or browser (firefly)
  • License management occurs via URL-based login, leaving day-to-day administration to others
  • "Cloud-based" Web Universal Library means no server space required for file storage
  • Management system delivers access to license management and usage data



The firefly iPad app is exclusive and free to all Kurzweil 3000 Web License customers. Easy, effective mobile access with the popular, portable device.


K3000 for Chromebook, WebAccess via firefly


With a web license, FIREFLY gives you access to Kurzweil books and pdf’s through the web browser on any computer: Windows, Mac and Chromebook. There’s even a direct shortcut to your Google Drive if you've gone GAFE (Google Apps for Education).

All these features work on Chromebook and through the new Chrombook App. 

 Web-based Reading



Click to open files from Google Docs, Bookshare, Reading A-Z
Read text in Word, PDF, RTF, JPG
Read the Web Chrome extension with customizable options
Customize reading options; speed, mode and units
Zoom in for low vision
31 Natural Text-to-Speech voices
text-to-speech in 18 languages and dialects

Web-based Comprehension

Highlight in yellow, blue, green and pink
Extract notes and highlighters into a Study Guide
Access Definitions instantly with American Heritage Fifth Edition, Children’s, College writers dictionaries
Translate full sentences and passages
Read embedded Text Notes and Sticky Notes (or hide them)


Web-based Writing and Assignments

Write or edit documents online with the Web Editor
Customize text-to-speech reading options
Correct misspellings with Taking spell-checker
Word prediction recommends words based on frequency
Cross-out text in assignments and tests online


Web-based Management

Centralized and flexible user management
Usage reporting school or district-wide
Online Library—no file storage limit


New Desktop User Interface 


Now Available for free to all Web License Users! 


The new user interface for the Windows/Mac desktop, is simpler and more intuitive to use 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.

Web license customers receive this upgrade and all upgrades to their k3000 at no cost.

Just run the update on your k3000 and you’ll get the new version.  

To run an update, just open k3000 from your desktop, select "Options” in the main navigation and click on "Updates.” 

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.   See Technical Support below for details
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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, too.


Sticky notes features in Kurzweil

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

NEW! Natural, high-quality acapella text-to-speech voices
NEW! Text-to-speech in 18 languages and dialects including French
NEW! EPUB now supported, updates to PDF and additional new file supports
NEW!  Microsoft Speech support—11 new voices 
NEW! Open Dyslexic font
NEW! UPDATED 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 with Internet Explorer® 7 and 8
  • 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


NEW!  10 writing templates
NEW!  Tier 2 academic vocabulary list
NEW!  UPDATED Word prediction
NEW!   UPDATED 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.

Study Skills

NEW! 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 (NEW!), 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.   
NEW! Templates to support active reading, note taking, and chapter summaries
UPDATED! 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.


firefly -- K3000 on the iPad, and Web

Catch the Buzz-firefly an Universally accessible web-based literacy solution!



Anytime, anywhere access to digital, text-based content, supplemented by powerful literacy tools that enable individuals with the cognitive ability, but not the literacy skills, to achieve their academic or personal goals.

firefly is the newest member of the Kurzweil Educational Systems product line and was developed based on years of experience producing the award-winning Kurzweil 3000 software. firefly gives you the ability to use many of the great features of Kurzweil 3000 from anywhere you have an internet connection.

Anytime, Anywhere access via the Internet Key Features
  • Operates equally well on Windows® and Macintosh® platforms
  • Modern and engaging user interface
  • Constantly improving solution eliminates installation, maintenance, and upgrade hassles
  • Accessible to students with physical limitations
  • Roaming profiles follow the user so they can read how they like wherever they put firefly to work
  • Simple easy-to-use navigation so users get started right away
  • Read text by word, line, sentence or paragraph
  • Customize reading to continuous, word by word or selfpaced and by reading speed
  • Emphasize key text with different coloured highlighters
  • Increase or decrease size of display
  • Look up definitions
  • Translate Text
  • Choose from 4 different high quality voices
  • Cloud storage for digital files
  • Flexible user management system


  firefly is free with a Kurzweil 3000 web subscription!


firefly for the iPad



Fully designed and built to work on the iPad, the firefly App makes accessing and reading digital files from your Kurzweil 3000 Universal Library simple and easy! Just download the firefly app from the App Store and use your existing firefly login credentials to access your private and public documents from your Universal Library. firefly for the iPad provides mobile anytime, anywhere access to your files — from the desk at school to your bedroom at home.

The firefly iPad app can be obtained from the App Store by searching the education category using the keywords "firefly Kurzweil 3000."

  • Mobile access to instructional materials
  • Free to Kurzweil 3000 customers, the iPad app is simple to install and use
  • Modern and engaging user interface
  • Accessible to many students with physical limitation


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.

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.

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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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