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1.24. Guide: K3Automater Information & Troubleshooting (Win)

Last Updated: October 2020

Applies to Versions: Kurzweil 3000 for Windows


Where can I download the Automater?

You can download different versions of the Automater on the download pages below(scroll down for the link):

Other tools for V20

Other tools for v16

Other tools for v15

The Automater will not work unless it's installed on a computer with Kurzweil 3000 (K3000) of the applicable version. Make sure to download the Automater version that matches your version of K3000. So if you're using K3000 v20, download Automater v20.

Before using the Automater it's recommended to make sure K3000 is up-to-date. For more info on patching K3000, read this article: http://support.cambiumtech.com/index.php?pg=kb.page&id=1210

What is the Automater?

The K3Automater is a program that is typically used by institutions who offer a scanning service to their students. It is designed for mass conversion of files captured by a high-speed scanner into .KES format.

If you have a high-speed scanner, it is often more efficient to use that scanner's software to scan your material rather than use Kurzweil 3000. The result of the scanning process is a set of TIFF files.

Kurzweil 3000 Automater simplifies the process of converting those scanned TIFF files to KES files.

The Automater can also be used to convert PDF files.

When would you want to use the Automater?

The typical workflow for a customer using the K3Automater would go something like this:

How to use the Automater

To use the Automater:

1. Create a "source" folder on your hard drive (or elsewhere on your system), and place the TIFF and/or PDF files into it.

2. Create a "destination" folder on your hard drive (or elsewhere on your system). This is where you want Kurzweil 3000 to place the converted KES files.

3. Run K3Automater.exe on a system that has Kurzweil 3000 installed.

The Kurzweil 3000 Automater dialog box appears.

4. Specify the folder which contains the TIFF and/or PDF files in the Source Hierarchy box, and the folder which you would like to use for the KES files in the Destination Hierarchy box.

5. Specify or browse to the folder which you would like to use for the KES files in the Destination Hierarchy box.

6. If you want, you can use Command Arguments to instruct the Automater to perform additional tasks, such as deleting the source file after conversion.

7. Click OK.



Does the Automater work with Kurzweil 3000 Web License Editions?

Yes, make sure to enter your Web License username and password into the Automater for proper function with the Web License version. You also may be interested in the UL Uploader tool, which is on the pages linked above as well.

Tips for troubleshooting the Automater

Note: Always update Kurzweil before you attempt troubleshooting. Please review our Guide to updating / patching Kurzweil 3000 if you are unsure how to patch or update your Kurzweil product before proceeding.

Note: certain file names will not be processed correctly by the Automater. Avoid spaces, hyphens, and any characters besides alpha and numeric..

1. Close Kurzweil 3000 and any programs that are currently running.

2. Place your Kurzweil 3000 Windows install CD into your CD-ROM drive. An install window will pop-up prompting you to install. Cancel out of this.

3. In Windows, click on Start > Control Panel > Printers and Other Hardware > Printers and Faxes > Add Printer

4. Double-click Add Printer to Run the Hardware Wizard to add a printer

5. In the Hardware Wizard, choose to create a Local Printer > add the printer manually > assign it to LPT1 port > choose the option Have Disk

6. In the Have Disk window, click Browse. Browse to D:\KESIPrint\2000 > click on the .INF file you see there and Open it.

7. Follow the prompts on the screen to finish the installation of the KESI Virtual Printer

8. After the Virtual Printer is installed, go to Printers and Faxes again.

9. Right-click the KESI Virtual Printer, and choose Properties.

10. In the KESI Virtual Printer Properties window, go to the Advanced tab. Mark the radio button (circle button) Print Directly to Printer. Click Apply.

11. Go to the Ports tab. Click Add Port, choose the port type Local Port from the list, and click the New Port... button. Name the port Kesi Virtual and click OK.

12. Close the window where you can select a new port type, and go back to the Ports tab of the KESI Virtual Printer Properties.

13. Click Apply to assign the KESI Virtual Printer to your new Local Port titled Kesi Virtual. Click OK to close the Properties window.

14. Run Kurzweil and minimize it. Try to print something to the KESI Virtual Printer. It should print out correctly into Kurzweil.

Make sure .pdf files are properly associating themselves with Kurzweil:

1. Navigate to C:\Program files\Kurzweil educational systems\Diags\fileassociate.exe. (On Windows Vista or Windows 7 64 bit), Navigate to C:\Program files (x86)\Kurzweil educational systems\Diags\fileassociate.exe.

2. Enter PDF in the extension and click Get Current Association

3. It should show you the correct path for acrobat version x

4. Click OK

5. Click Associate and accept the change (even though it's not really changing anything)

6. Try opening a pdf again

7. Run the Automater again

8. If you are still experiencing errors, try changing your OCR Engine. This can be done through Kurzweil. Click on Tools > Options > then click on the Scanning icon. Try FineReader, ScanSoft Accurate and Fast.

9. Finally, please verify your system specs. If your computer is lacking RAM or processing speed, you will encounter issues using the Automater and opening up larger files.

Automater Command Arguments:

- in:file name.foo file to open

- out:file name.foo file to save

- stat:file name.foo file to save recognition statistics

- user:name change user name

-x exit end the command line (must be last)

-d delete previous "-in" file

-2page turn on 2 page mode

-autorotate force auto-rotate ON

-rotate0 rotate 0 (disable auto-rotate)

-despeckle force despeckle ON

- nodespeckle force despeckle OFF

-deskew force deskew ON

- nodeskew force deskew OFF

-despeckle force despeckle ON

- nodespeckle force despeckle OFF

Typical usage:

-in: foo-bar.tif -out: my file. kes -d -x


Viewing Automater Recognition

The Automater's Statistics function can help you to determine the quality of the recognition process performed by the OCR engine selected in the Kurzweil 3000 Scanning Options pane.

To view recognition statistics:

Click the Automater's Statistics button.

This opens the Recognition Statistics dialog box, which contains a number of statistics regarding the recognition of the files processed by the Automater.

For each processed file, the following statistics are provided:

Interpreting the Confidence Level

Confidence Level is a measure of how confident the system is about the recognition process. The higher the number, the more confident Kurzweil 3000 is regarding the accuracy of the recognition process. You can consider a Confidence Level of 95 as a borderline level between a good recognition and one that requires a visual inspection of the file.

When you inspect your files, look for some of the following recognition anomalies that may be affecting the confidence level:

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