HI Lissi, In simple language Kurzweil is a scanning, reading and editing program. Kurzweil uses the two top scanning programs on the market and build them into the Kurzweil interface. So when learning Kurzweil you basically have one program to learn but have the choice of two ocr programs to do your scanning and recognition with. IS one better than the other? IN general people seem to like Finereader better but Scansoft on some books does a better job. You have the option in Kurzweil to let the program test both OCR programs on a particular book to see which may work better. Besides the scanning and ocr features of Kurzweil you get a user friendly interface for spell checking, in the rank spelling, along with a number of other useful tools that you may have heard mentioned here. I hope this answers some of your questions. PS.... When you get time I would like to chat with you about Tolkien. I am currently rescanning the Silmarillion which is only a good copy on the site and has a "lot" of errors. Katie Hill "Come to the edge" "We can't; we will fall" "Come to the edge" "We can't; We're afraid" "Come to the edge" And they came. And he pushed them. And they flew. - Anonomous -----Original Message----- From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Estelnalissi Sent: Wednesday, December 27, 2006 12:10 PM To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Rank spelling Dear Monica, I've been following the thread about Kurzweil and not surprisingly am busy confusing myself. I thought Kurzweil was a scanning program or engine, or are scanning programs and scanning engines the same thing? If Kurzweil is a scanning program, why does it need an omni Page or or Fine Reader scanning engine? Or, if you get Kurzweil, do you need to buy a fine reader or Omni page engine to make it work? And, if you get Kurzweil, is one of the engines found by volunteers to be easier to use or more practical than the other? I'll feel a little more educated if you can explain this, or, if it is computer language I don't need to understand, I'll be content to leave it to the experts. If you can dig me out of this techno hole, I'll appreciate your efforts, but also understand if you don't want to tackle the question because it involves endless strings of details, definitions and lines upon lines of code and stuff like that to be explained that I probably wouldn't understand anyway. Always With Love, Lissi ----- Original Message ----- From: "Monica Willyard" <plumlipstick@xxxxxxxxxx> To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Wednesday, December 27, 2006 2:51 PM Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Rank spelling > Jamie, Kurzweil is a scanning/reading program for people who are either > blind or who have learning disabilities. It is wonderful, but it also > costs around a thousand dollars. It's worth it to a person who can't read > print, but I imagine sighted people wouldn't find it to be worth the > expense. I could be wrong though. :) Kurzweil can use either the > FineReader or Omnipage scanning engine, so I think most sighted people > would just get one of those programs for a lot less money. > > Monica Willyard > > At 12:03 PM 12/27/2006, you wrote: >>And Kurzweil is a scanning program? Or a reading >>program? >> >>Jamie in Michigan > > To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to > bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list > of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line. > > To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line. To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line.