Kurzweil 3000 is an educational and assistive technology providing reading, writing and study support. Amherst currently has a site-wide license making this powerful software available to all current employees and students. Kurzweil 3000 runs as a desktop application on Mac or Windows, but it also has a web-based service called "Firefly", an iOS app, and a Chrome extension for reading the web. One account gets you access to all of these options.
- Reading - converting text-to-speech
- Writing - planning and organizing writing and hearing your writing read back to you
- Study tools - organizing content, listening to content, highlighting, embedding notes, vocabulary tools
First: Sign up for a Kurzweil Account
Note: You must log in with your Amherst user name and password to access the Self-Enrollment Link webpage to get your account and log in information. As part of requesting the software you must provide an Amherst College email address.
Second: Download the Software
While some students are content with the web-based version of Kurzweil, we do recommend the desktop versions since they offer the greatest functionality and reliability.
Note that these are large downloads! We suggest getting on a wired connection if possible.
Other ways to use Kurzweil:
- Kurzweil Firefly Web Browser Application- has most, but not all, of the features of the desktop app.
- Kurzweil Firefly App for iOS
- Chrome Extension for reading the web
Who is Eligible?
- Amherst Current Employees
- Amherst Current Full-Time Students