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1.63. How to open PDF files faster and use pre-existing OCR in K3000

Last Updated: March 2021

Applies to: Kurzweil 3000 v20 Subscription/Web License Edition, kurzweil3000.com, Kurzweil 3000 v20 for Windows


Prior to Kurzweil 3000 version 20.07 (March 2021) the Kurzweil 3000 platform emphasized its own recognition over pre-existing remediated OCR of PDF documents.

This meant that in most cases Kurzweil 3000 would redo the OCR of PDF documents that already contained OCR, resulting in re-recognizing the text of documents that were already recognized.

For example, let's say you obtain PDF files from the Access Text Network or publisher. Now Kurzweil 3000 can emphasize the pre-existing remediated OCR and use that instead.

If you use PDF files from publisher sources, the existing OCR of those documents is usually of high quality. It's recommended to have the these settings enabled because it will result in faster handling/opening of those PDFs and also emphasize the existing OCR.

These features are only available in Kurzweil 3000 v20.07 or later.


The setting is account-bound on kurzweil3000.com, and then should also be checked within the Kurzweil 3000 installed desktop application (if you're using that).


1. Log into kurzweil3000.com with your username/password.

2. Go to My Account > Settings

3. On PDF Scanning Settings page, make sure that Enable Remediated Processing and Emphasize Embedded Text are checked. Then Update PDF Scanning Settings

Kurzweil 3000 for Windows

1. Make sure to update/patch Kurzweil 3000 to the latest version here:

Windows: https://www.kurzweiledu.com/news-resources/software-updates/ki-3000-windows-version20-updates.html

Mac: https://www.kurzweiledu.com/news-resources/software-updates/ki-3000-macintosh-version20wl-updates.html

2. Within the Kurzweil 3000 menu (for the Windows app), go to Tools > Options > Scanning and make sure that Emphasize Embedded Text is checked.


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