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1.2. Read the Web, installation and troubleshooting (Chrome/Firefox)

Last updated: August 2018

If you're having problems figuring out how to install or get Read the Web to work, this article is meant to help you.

Here is a video that covers the installation and a demonstration of the new Read the Web extension: How to install the Read the Web extension for Chrome

Are you using Accuplacer? Here is a KB article that details how to use Read the Web with Accuplacer: Troubleshooting: Accuplacer and Read the Web  

Preparation:

Read the Web may not work if your version of Kurzweil 3000 (K3000) is not patched or updated. For example, if you have K3000 version 15.01, there is a patch that will update you to version 15.22 (or later). You can view available patches for K3000 here: https://www.kurzweiledu.com/news-resources/software-updates.html

Do not try to install a patch for a version you do not own. For example, if you have K3000 version 14, don't try to install the version 15.19 patch.

If you have an older Read the Web extension already installed into Firefox or Chrome, make sure to uninstall it first.
For help uninstalling or removing an extension in Chrome: https://support.google.com/chrome_webstore/answer/2664769?hl=en
For help uninstalling or removing an add-on in Firefox: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/disable-or-remove-add-ons

Does the New Read the Web (for Chrome/Firefox) work with all editions and platforms?

The New Read the Web works with the following versions and editions of K3000:

K3000 v15, v16 Web License, for both Mac and Windows
— K3000 v15, v16 Standalone, Windows-only
 K3000 v15, v16 Network, Windows-only

K3000 Mac Standalone/Trial Users Please Note:  Read the Web support is currently planned for K3000 Standalone for Mac, but it is not yet available and we do not have an ETA that we can provide.

Chrome

Instructions:

  1. You can download and install the Read the Web extension from the Chrome webstore here: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/read-the-web/hdgegmlancchhhlkkddoiedlklgocffm 
  2. Follow the prompts to install the extension.
  3. After the extension is installed, restart Chrome.
  4. You'll notice a color square icon button near the top-right of your web browser. You can click on that button to expand the overlay.
  5. Within the overlay, it may require you to enter your firefly username and password to log into the Read the Web add-on.
  6. Click the play button to start reading content on a web page. It may be a good idea to select text you want to read first, or place your cursor at a location on the page before you start to read.

Firefox

Instructions:

  1. You can download the latest Read the Web extension for Firefox here:  https://www.kurzweiledu.com/news-resources/software-updates/misc-updates_v15.html
  2. Download the latest version from that page. If you're in Firefox, you can simply Open the .xpi file. If you download the file using another web browser, you can drag the .xpi file into an open Firefox window to start the installation.
  3. Follow the prompts to install the extension.
  4. You'll notice a color square icon button near the top-right of your web browser. You can click on that button to expand the overlay.
  5. Within the overlay, it may require you to enter your firefly username and password to log into the Read the Web add-on.
  6. Click the play button to start reading content on a web page. It may be a good idea to select text you want to read first, or place your cursor at a location on the page before you start to read.



Old Versions of Kurzweil 3000 and Classic Read the Web

We no longer support the Classic Read the Web extension (This is included with Kurzweil 3000 v14 and below, as well as Kurzweil 3000 v15 and v16 Standalone/Trial Mac). The Classic Read the Web extension no longer works with current versions of Firefox, and may experience issues such as repeated dialog boxes, or inability to read certain websites. If you require access to Read the Web, we ask that you upgrade your Kurzweil 3000 to one of the above noted versions that includes the New Read Web so you can utilize the latest version of Read the Web that's fully supported and compatible with current applications.

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