[Athen] Mac User and Kruzweil

dann dann at digilifemedia.biz
Fri Mar 28 08:14:10 PDT 2008

My response would be to look past the proprietary program and find out what the student needs and seek an alternative. I frequently roll my eyes at the so called "Kurzweil Campuses" because they put much money into this program when the typically student end-user really only needs a simple text-to-speech or e-text reader. It is the rare student that uses more than the basic read out loud feature of Kurzweil. I usually compare this to MS-Word where the typical user only makes use of 20-percent of what the program is capable of.

Someone needs to take the time with student and find out what exactly it is they need and how exactly they need to access it. If it does turn out that this student is a Kurzweil power-user and wants/needs/actually uses all of the bells and whistles then simple fairness dictates that the Mac version be provided.

Perhaps Kurzweil is willing to be flexible with the license and can provide a Mac version+license as part of the contract. I'd call the Rep and ask for this.

--- Dann

Daniel Berkowitz
Digilife Media, LLC
(email) dann at digilifemedia.biz
(mobile) 978-914-4601
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Subject: [Athen] Mac User and Kruzweil

We started Kurzweil License-To-Go this semester. Recently, I had someone who was interested in it, but has a MAC. The student feels they are being denied the same opportunity that PC users have.

Since I understand that the PC version works if you are running Boot Camp, it doesn’t seem cost effective to purchase the Mac version of Kurzweil. The student states her computer is two years old, and doesn’t have Boot Camp.

Any feedback would be appreciated.

Carol Brown

Assistive Technology Specialist

Services for Students with Disabilities

Rm. 244, Corbett Center

MSC 4149

New Mexico State University

P.O. Box 30001

Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003-8001

(505) 646-6840 Office

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