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1. Typing Instructor for Kids

2. Typing Quick & Easy

3. Ainsworth Keyboard Trainer

4. UltraKey

5. Typing Pal Junior

6. Type to Learn

7. SpongeBob SquarePants Typing

8. All The Right Type

9. Nimble Fingers

10. Letter Chase Typing Tutor

11. Advanced Speed Typing

12. Accu-Type

13. Ten Thumbs Typing Tutor

14. Roller Typing

15. Jump Start Typing

Typing Instructor for Kids

Features:

For 20 years, Typing Instructor has helped individuals improve their typing skills. Now, Typing Instructor for Kids delivers the same proven typing methods for children, in an entertaining and educational environment. Toby and Lafitte help parents entertain, motivate, and educate their young typers and quickly turn them into touch-typists.

Learn to Type on a Fun-Filled Adventure

Typer Island Adventure is an exciting place to learn to type! Your kids will be motivated to improve their typing skills as they travel through five unique lands leading up to the Castle. In each land, they’ll experience new and exciting typing challenges, learn new keys, and build speed and accuracy.

Acquire Essential Typing Skills Early

Helping your children learn to type correctly early in life is essential; once bad habits set in, they are more difficult to change later. With a foundation of essential typing skills, younger students will complete homework more quickly and accurately, and they’ll possess the basic Internet skills they need to excel.

Educational

  • Step-by-Step Typing Instruction
  • Proven Typing Instruction Methods
  • Hundreds of Lessons and Tests
  • Measure Progress and Save Results
  • Visual Guides to Finger/Key Placement

Motivating

  • Get to the Castle and Become the Ruler
  • Earn Treasures and Points
  • Improve Your Typing Skills and See Your Progress
  • Enjoy the Benefits of Typer Island and the Castle
  • Defeat the Pirate, Dragon, and Magician

Entertaining

  • Typer Island is a Fun Place to Learn
  • Toby and Lafitte Guide Children through Each Stage
  • The Castle Offers Additional Exciting Adventures
  • Eleven Action-Packed Challenges and Games

Young typists can now conquer the keyboard while exploring Typer Island in search of the mysterious Typer Island Castle. Typing Instructor for Kids, by Individual Software (the same makers of the popular Typing Instructor Deluxe) is our “TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award Winner.”

This amusing and engaging typing software covers all keyboarding basics including proper hand positions and speed increasing drills. This program offers 40 practice stories and over 30 timed challenges delivered through children’s classic literature.

Typing Instructor for Kids Screenshots.

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Ease of Use:

Typing Instructor for Kids is a themed typing program with a helpful tour guide to lead kids through their journey. This program is kid-friendly. Additionally, the guide gives audible instructions and if children have any questions, they can simply click the “Say Again” button. Keep in mind you will need a sound card and speakers or headphones for this program.

Feature Set:

Typing Instructor for Kids leads kids on a journey through Typer Island in search of Typer Island Castle. Along the way, kids must pass through five unique lands—this is where typing skills are taught and improved upon. After each land is mastered and kids finally arrive at Typer Castle, they’ll find several fun-filled and interesting activities to help them refine their keyboarding skills.

Typing Instructor for Kids contains 40 practice stories from children’s classics, literature, nursery rhymes and fairy tales with age–appropriate content. It also includes advanced skill–building lessons, over 30 challenges, timed challenges, advanced level exams, graphic hand guides, unique drills and interactive exercises.

This program supports multiple skill levels and kids can change settings to increase or decrease their WPM goals, the size of text and the degree of difficulty. They also can choose standard or split keyboards and whether or not they want to listen to music.

Typing Instructor for Kids has many feedback features including WPM scores, accuracy percentages, results calculated from all activities, results tracked for five typists. It also provides performance assessments for key, finger, hand and row as well as full-color progress charts and graphs. Kids can even print their results and achievement certificates.

Typing Instructor for Kids also offers 11 action–packed games with beginner, intermediate and advanced levels and games for learning the 10–key.
Ease of Installation:

We didn’t have any trouble installing Typing Instructor for Kids.

Help/Support:

The tour guide in Typing Instructor for Kids is excellent and the program is logically designed and easy to navigate.

The manufacturer, Individual Software, offers phone support and a FAQs page.
Summary:

Kids will enjoy the journey, challenges, activities and characters of Typing Instructor for Kids. This program offers rewards for every step of progress and teaches basic keyboarding and speed typing through an attention keeping, castle-seeking adventure.

Individual Software has mastered kids typing software with this product.

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Typing Quick & Easy

Features:

Easy, Fast and Fun

  • Proven Teaching Methods
  • Provides the Right Lesson Automatically
  • Examine Saved Results Quickly
  • 50+ lessons and Tests or make your own
  • 250+ Practice Articles
  • 8 Action Packed Games

Build Basic Typing Skills and Learn to Touch Type

  • Learn the correct finger-to-key positioning and begin typing without looking at the keys. Includes positioning for both the split and standard keyboards and the 10-key keypad. Use proven touch-typing teaching methods and watch your WPM and accuracy improve.

Increase Speed and Accuracy with Tests and Results

  • Build speed and accuracy through typing tests of varying length and difficulty. Assess your level of advancement and use saved results, reports, and graphs to assess strong and weak areas and your improvement trends.

Articles and Games keep you Practicing

  • Fun adds to the learning experience. Eight exciting typing games challenge you to improve your typing skills. The games include Xtreme Typing, Cliffhanger, Sea Adventure, Erik the Viking, Gone Fishin’, Flotsam Fighter II, Diamond Glider, and the Wild West. Articles keep you practicing with interesting material. With over 250 articles to choose from there is something for everyone.

Typing Quick & Easy, our “TopTenREVIEWS Silver Award Winner” is one of the easiest typing software for children to use. To help keep kids from getting bored while typing, Typing Quick and Easy offers several customization options, including more than 60 background music choices. You can even customize typing tests and view test results so specific that you’ll know exactly where your child needs extra typing practice.

Typing Quick & Easy Screenshots.

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Ease of Use:

This typing software sports easy-to-use screens that are fun, colorful, and appealing to children. As your child moves through each screen, the audio instructions tell them what to do next. Both computer beginners and pros will find Typing Quick & Easy simple to navigate.

Feature Set:

Typing Quick & Easy is feature-rich typing software that includes 26 typing lessons, 14 typing practice sessions, 17 10-key lessons, 18 typing tests and over 200 typing practice articles. You can also add your own materials and tests—typists will never run out of things to do.

This typing software includes eight games. Some of the games have different challenge levels to match different skill sets, and some games even track the top scorer—adults can join in the fun by challenging kids to a high-scoring duel of typing fingertips.

Viewing progress in Typing Quick & Easy is a cinch, and the tracking capabilities of Typing Quick and Easy are second to none. Each test result screen contains detailed information, some in graph form. You can view typing test results for certain fingers, for just the left hand or right hand, for certain keys, for specific rows and more.

These detailed typing skill analyses help parents pinpoint and remedy trouble spots. And to boost confidence, you can print an official-looking typist certificate that verifies your child’s typing accuracy and speed.
Ease of Installation:

We didn’t have any trouble installing Typing Quick and Easy.

Help/Support:

The help offered in Typing Quick and Easy is excellent, but we were disappointed that manufacturer, Individual, does not offer any technical support for Typing Quick and Easy on their website.

Summary:

Typing Quick & Easy is excellent typing software. Young and old will enjoy learning typing—this typing software includes fun, challenging games to interest younger children and a variety of lesson and practice options for mature typists.

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Ainsworth Keyboard Trainer

Features:

  • Hands ON! — Correct typing — automatically
  • Adaptive Lessons — Introducing personal software
  • Prescription Drills — Write as fast and as well as you think
  • Personal Lessons — Lessons teach faster and more easily
  • Type-OH! Games — Typing at the speed of thought
  • Typing to write — Two bonus programs improve your writing skills
  • Typing Tester — Two types of tests measure keyboard performance
  • Reports — Evaluating and documenting progress
  • Number Keypad — Learning the ten-key number keypad

Our “TopTenREVIEWS Bronze Award Winner” is Ainsworth Keyboard Trainer by Ainsworth & Partners, Inc. This typing software tutorial is simple to use, even for large groups such as typing classes, and is compatible with more computers than most typing software we’ve seen. We were impressed with this typing program’s ability to identify typing trouble spots and then effectively strengthen those typing weaknesses.The reason that Ainsworth Keyboard Trainer didn’t earn our top spot is because this typing software doesn’t offer easy-to-follow hand guides to illustrate finger positioning, customization isn’t as intuitive, and the program doesn’t have as many typing games as Typing Instructor For Kids.

Ainsworth Keyboard Trainer Screenshots. 

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Ease of Use:

Ainsworth Keyboard Trainer is well-designed typing software that works for individuals and groups of children equally well. The opening screen offers new students several choices, including practice drills, lessons, tests and more. After choosing a task, on-screen instructions guide your child, so that navigation is simple.

Feature Set:

Ainsworth Keyboard Trainer includes hundreds of lessons and can track the typing progress of each individual accurately.

After taking typing lessons, children can practice typing drills to hone skills. Ainsworth Keyboard Trainer uses these drills to zero in on weaknesses—often a certain finger or specific missed keys—and then generates a new typing drill that focuses specifically on strengthening them. You can set up a custom typing test to track improvements.

This typing software also offers a progress report page that records several separate factors, such as the typist’s skill with alphabetical keys, punctuation keys, numeric keys, symbol keys and more.

As this typing software is so good at finding a typist’s weak spots, we were a little disappointed that there was no initial typing test offered to determine an accurate starting level for new typing students.
Ease of Installation:

We had no trouble installing Ainsworth Keyboard Trainer.

Help/Support:

The help files in this typing software are good, but not as good as they could be. When you click for help in Ainsworth Keyboard Trainer, a window pops up with brief instructions relevant to that screen. While relevant help is a time-saver, it’s tougher to learn about subjects unrelated to the screen because Ainsworth offers no searchable index.

For example, we wanted to find out if this typing program could print typing certificates of achievement, but had no way to search for this topic in this typing software.

But the Ainsworth & Partners, Inc. website does offer an FAQ page and a customer support email address.
Summary:

This is good typing software for either a classroom setting or individual use, but younger kids may need some help from an adult to use this program initially. While Ainsworth Keyboard Trainer is pricier than most typing software, the program is well designed, easy to use, fun, and will improve a child’s keyboarding skills.

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UltraKey

Features:

  • Realistic 3-D graphics model correct posture and typing technique
  • Uncluttered interface minimizes distraction
  • Voice supported instruction ideal for special needs and pre-readers
  • Live video and virtual reality demonstrate key concepts
  • Warmups, timed posture checks and regular stretch breaks
  • Unequaled error analysis and evaluation
  • Automatic remedial help
  • Ergonomic and injury prevention information
  • Internet connection to the Keyboarding Support Center
  • Wide variety of practice material included
  • Easily create or import custom practice and testing material
  • Individual choice of skin tone and translucency
  • Adjustable text size, challenge levels, sequence control, and more
  • Customize settings for individuals
  • Comprehensive reports, print or view on screen
  • Completely installs on hard drive

UltraKey by Bytes of Learning Incorporated is well suited to either a classroom setting or for individual home use. Using the program is easy for older children and adults.

Ease of Use:

This typing program is simple to operate; you just click on the main screen icons to choose tasks (each icon offers popup descriptions for easy deciphering) then follow the instructions.

Feature Set:

UltraKey includes a large variety of helpful typing tests, drills and lessons for all typing skill levels. The focus of UltraKey is repetitiveness—the key to learning typing.

You set a words-per-minute goal then reach it before moving on in this typing program, and Ultra Key typing software includes a detailed reporting section so you can view or print out detailed graphs or progress reports.

The Management section allows parents and teachers a considerable amount of control with customizable tests, adjustable skill levels and modified speed calculation.

One item vital to all top typing software programs is a 10-key lesson section. We were disappointed that UltraKey doesn’t include one.
Ease of Installation:

We didn’t have any trouble installing UltraKey typing software.

Help/Support:

The help in UltraKey was adequate, as the program is fairly easy to use and navigate. There is no index search available, however.

The downloaded file includes optional movies for each section of the program and a large PDF manual.

Bytes of Learning Incorporated has a brief FAQ page, built-in knowledgebase and an email form available for customer support.
Summary:

UltraKey is a good, basic typing tutorial for children and adults alike. Though this program doesn’t offer games, there are plenty of interesting drills and practices available.

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Typing Pal Junior

Features:

  • 2 fun-filled games to help you develop speed and dexterity.
  • Nearly 30 dictations for practising keyboard accuracy and spelling, 80 exercises and 30 practice texts, follow-up exercises adapted to your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Exercises for the numeric keypad.
  • A lively assistant to accompany you.
  • Practical tools: ergonomic tips, character display,·
  • A “spy” to evaluate your performance when you use other software (word processing, E-mail).
  • A Web site offering supplementary challenges (statistics comparisons, animated downloads).

With its kid-friendly screen design, wide range of typing proficiency drills and rock-bottom price, you simply can’t go wrong with Typing Pal Junior by DE Marque.Although it didn’t have as many features as our #1 and #2 picks and wasn’t quite as easy to use, Typing Pal Junior is a fun, icon-based typing program with clever characters that will keep your child’s interest as they learn to type. In fact, this typing software is so entertaining that we found it hard to quit.

Ease of Use:

Children will enjoy the casual atmosphere of Typing Pal Junior. Since we reviewed a download demo version, some parts of the program were locked. Based on the access we had, we feel the rest of the program should be just as easy to use.

In the practice and drills sections, Typing Pal Junior shows icons adjacent to a list of drills—there are no instructions that say you must double-click these to activate the drill. Computer novices may click once and wonder why nothing happens.
Feature Set:

Typing Pal Junior was one of few typing programs that offered typing dictation practice. We feel that typing by ear is a vital part of typing education, and so were pleased to find vocal sound files included. Typing Pal Junior also offers 10-key lessons, another important part of typing education, which is often overlooked.

This typing software offers a variety of courses to suit any child’s needs: beginner, intermediate and performance (advanced) courses, a numeric courses, an accelerated course and several course customization choices.

We reviewed two typing lessons, two drills and a typing game. We were pleased with all the features in these parts of the typing software. After we finished, we checked out the informative typing stats page, where your can view progress based on specific criteria (such as typing accuracy and speed for the left hand). Typing speed and accuracy for each exercise also appears in a popup following each drill.
Ease of Installation:

We had no trouble installing Typing Pal Junior.

Help/Support:

Typing Pal Junior includes a contents and index search that’s adequate, but could be more informative. The manufacturer, DE Marque, has a customer service email address, but no phone number and no FAQ page.

Summary:

DE Marque recommends Typing Pal Junior for children ages 7 to 14. Children in this age range will find navigating easy after the first few times through. The activities in Typing Pal Junior will keep kids interested and you simply can’t beat the price

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Type to Learn

Features:

  • Home Position: A friendly reminder on proper keyboarding ergonomics and a home row review!
  • Checkpoint: Previously learned lessons are quickly reviewed.
  • Learn New Keys: Animated 3D hands introduce students to new keystrokes
  • Exercises: Direct keyboarding instruction with automatic review and plenty of practice!
  • Final Challenge: Ensure skills are mastered with a test after each lesson On each student’s Mission To Do List, teachers can add 5 supporting activities, which automatically correspond to actual performance level of the student. Lively social studies content keeps these speed and accuracy challenges fun and exciting.
  • Key Figures: In this speed building exercise, students type in time-tunnel vortex and are transported to meet 50 historic people.
  • Windshield Typers: Improve left and right coordination by typing the sands of time off the windshield of your time travel machine!
  • Typeline: Use the numbers and the shift keys to straighten out events on a mixed-up timeline!
  • Warpspeed: Practice speed and accuracy skills by typing progressively longer passages.
  • Dictation: From letter keys to words and extended passages, students type exactly what they hear.
  • Notepad: Apply skills creating documents with this mini word processor. Numerous teacher’s options allow you to completely customize the experience for each student!
  • Select play/practice mode
  • Completely design your students’ Mission
  • Modify intensity of drill and practice activities
  • Allow students to adjust goals
  • Choose from beginning, intermediate or advanced vocabulary levels
  • Adjust Font Size
  • Control sound effects, background music, and voice prompts
  • Override password options Type to Learn™ 3 has automatic reporting features to streamline assessment. Easy-to-read scrollable tables accommodate an unlimited number of students and class lists. Each lesson is documented with student’s level of participation, performance averages, and best typing scores. These printable charts are easy to export.

Type to Learn 3 has an animated space journey theme that appeals to kids of all ages. But this typing program that may be confusing for young children to navigate at first. Once children land in their chosen area, the program is easy to use. Also, Type to Learn includes a dictation section for oral typing practice—a plus that few typing software programs offer.

Ease of Use:

Navigating Type to Learn will be easy for computer-savvy teens, but young children will need extra help. The program works well for large groups—such as a typing class—as well it works for individuals. In a group situation, the typing teacher can set up program preferences, choose typing goals for students and track progress easily.

Feature Set:

This typing software takes children on an imaginary space journey. The 25 lessons and additional drills prepare kids for time-travel mission assignments. Much of the typing text focuses on social studies or historical facts, so kids learn more than just typing. You can also import your own typing material for practice.

Type to Learn includes a dictation section so that students can practice typing what they hear instead of just what they read. This typing software doesn’t offer 10-key lessons, however.
Ease of Installation:

Installing Type to Learn was easy and trouble-free.

Help/Support:

There is no help section available in this typing software, but there are voice instructions throughout Type to Learn; this means a sound computer card is required for accurate navigation. The manufacturer, Sunburst, offers telephone and email technical support.

Summary:

Type to Learn 3 is a fun, educational method for older children to learn typing. This typing software will be a little more challenging for younger kids. This typing software costs more than most of the programs we reviewed, but is worth the price.

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SpongeBob SquarePants Typing

Features:

  • Enjoy a kid-friendly design that encourages independent learning.
  • Discover, refine and test essential typing skills.
  • Explore a motivating combination of tutorials, drills, activities and games.
  • Progress through 17 lessons and five levels of challenge.
  • Check out Game Mode for structured progress, or switch to Freestyle Mode for open-ended practice and play.
  • Brought to you by the typing experts at Mavis Beacon.
  • SpongeBob may be squishy, but his typing skills are on the way to becoming rock solid! Kids and adults can become seaworthy typists, too, thanks to this adorable skill-building adventure featuring Bikini Bottom’s favorite denizens.

We feel that SpongeBob SquarePants Typing offers the perfect learning atmosphere for young, beginning typists. Teenagers and advanced typists will probably find the program limiting, however. The program goal for advanced typists is 15 WPM.

Ease of Use:

SpongeBob SquarePants Typing is simple enough for young children to set up and use without any help. Kids will take to this program intuitively, and you’ll have a hard time getting them to stop typing once they start.

This typing software literally holds a child’s hand, guides them through a series of beginner typing lessons then rewards them with occasional typing games. The entertaining games motivate kids not to quit during repetitive typing skill practice.

We were pleased that this typing software motivates kids to use the correct finger positions—a challenge for some other programs. There are hand guides in this typing software as in other products, but maybe children are more conscious of typing correctly because SpongeBob is there, cheering them on.
Feature Set:

There are three main areas in SpongeBob SquarePants Typing: the lesson/challenge area, the game area and a practice area where kids can type paragraph text on a variety of interesting topics—Mermaids and Pirates, for example. The SpongeBob SquarePants Typing program automatically jumps between the games section and the lessons section to keep children excited to continue.

SpongeBob SquarePants Typing contains 17 lessons to teach individual key and finger skills. At the end of each lesson, a typing test that determines your child’s typing speed, accuracy and adjusted typing speed. Then your child is rewarded with a colorful certificate stating typing level, WPM and accuracy.
Ease of Installation:

SpongeBob SquarePants was simple to install—even children can install and start using this typing software without assistance.

Help/Support:

SpongeBob SquarePants Typing offers a tutorial that outlines the typing program structure and options, lists technical information and troubleshooting tips, but this help file is a long document with no interactive search tool. Help isn’t accessible from inside the lesson area, and technical support is limited to an online FAQ page. But this typing software is a breeze to use without accessing any help files.

Summary:

SpongeBob SquarePants Typing is a good fit for elementary school children. Young kids will enjoy the animated characters and games, and this typing software caters to the short attention span that most children have. The fun, bouncy atmosphere of SpongeBob SquarePants Typing is just what the doctor ordered to keep children interested while learning basic typing skills.

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All The Right Type

Features:

  • Student password option — students’ records are pass protected
  • Font size can be increased for reading ease
  • Pacer practice now a cool “race through space”
  • Mouse review game — gives students the control and dexterity needed for mouse skills
  • Numeric keypad lesson
  • Bonus! Full-color 13″ X 27″ keyboard poster in every site license
  • Practice Pavilion — Builds speed using skills developed in the Learning Lab
  • Word Processing Plaza — Click here and automatically link to your favorite word processing program
  • Learning Lab — Teaches proper posture and hand position
  • Records Library — Students can view and print their results at any time
  • Skill Building — Students hone their skills with a series of graduated drills containing words, sentences and paragraphs
  • 5 Motivating Games — Air Traffic Controller, Cargo Loader Challenge, Racing Sculls, Space Crisis and Space Race
  • Track progress, automatically mark material, generate class or individual reports for up to 50 students per class (unlimited classes)
  • Create your own drills, lessons, tests and timings
  • Customize to fit your teaching style or studentsâ needs
  • Backspace key can be disallowed
  • Error thresholds may be set to match students abilities
  • Screen can be blanked, allowing students to type from hard copy while the program continues to mark and record
  • Export results to spreadsheet or report card programs
  • Designed to run on your local area network (site/network license only)

All the Right Type by Ingenuity Works is a fun typing tutorial that’s easy for kids to navigate, and the arcade-style games will appeal to all ages. But the help files and user options for the program are limited.

Ease of Use:

Navigation is intuitive, and the typing drills, games and activities are just as easy. All the Right Type encourages kids to move back and forth through six different buildings on the main menu page: one for lessons, one for practice, another for skill building, one for testing, a word processor (Notepad) and the final building is a records library where typing progress is tracked. The seventh building is for teacher maintenance of a typing class, since this program is designed for group (or individual) use.

Feature Set:

This typing program includes skill learning, practice text, repetitive drills, and a series of specific typing tests that pinpoint exactly what students have mastered and where they need more work. The program even offers mouse-movement exercises—something we haven’t seen in other typing software. All the Right Type includes five engaging games and 10 key lessons called Key Pad Review.

Ease of Installation:

We didn’t have any trouble installing All the Right Type. And this typing software was only one of two programs we reviewed that installs on every common computer operating system, including MACs.

Help/Support:

The help files in All the Right Type fell short of what we expected, but this typing software is easy to use, so weak assistance isn’t a big issue. The manufacturer, Ingenuity Works, offers email and phone customer service.

Summary:

All the Right Type is one of the easier typing programs to use, and the design is fun for everyone. This typing software encourages kids to set goals before moving on to the next lesson or test—a good habit. Because this typing software includes plenty of colorful action, it can hold a child’s attention a long time as they learn to type.

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Nimble Fingers

Features:

  • The “Little Professor” as your private tutor
  • Learning Aids: Pictures, Error Analysis, Suggestions
  • Report Cards: Speed, Accuracy
  • Control Panel — Customizing Features
  • 50 Beginning Exercises
  • 50 Skill Building Exercises
  • 100 Advanced Exercises
  • 100 Speed Building Exercises
  • 100 Accuracy Exercises
  • 100 Progress Exercises
  • Numeric Pad Exercises
  • Flash Card Exercises
  • Timed Exercises — 1, 3 & 5 minute
  • Exercises — Develop Your Own
  • WEB — Download 1, 3 and 5 Minute Exercises
  • WEB — Download Flash Card Exercises
  • Handle Up to 20 Users
  • Back to the Classroom Exercises

Though Nimble Fingers offers all of the typing exercises we evaluated in typing software, the program is basic and lacks pizzazz. There are a few timed challenge exercises, but no true games to earn and keep kids attention. For disciplined teens planning to sharpen typing skills without all the frills, this program is a good choice.

Ease of Use:

Because Nimble Fingers is basic, the program is quite simple to use. From the main menu, you select lessons, drills, practices, tests (and more) complete the assignment, then the ãLittle Professor points out patterns in your errors and suggests possible solutions—such as improving posture and insuring correct hand position to eliminate bottom-row mistakes.

Feature Set:

The strength of Nimble Fingers is in its many drills and tests—there are literally hundreds, including a few exercises that are often overlooked, such as 10-key and financial typing practice.

This typing program also offers typing flashcards: you see a word—such as a state name—then after you begin typing the word disappears and you must complete it from memory. This is an often-overlooked method to build speed and accuracy.

You can download additional practice text from Prof Ware or add your own practice material—and that’s a bonus because much of the tying text in this typing software is kind of dry.

The user options section is limited—you have a few sound options and can reset the password, but that’s about all. Again, this is a simple program.
Ease of Installation:

We didn’t have any trouble installing Prof Ware’s Nimble Fingers.

Help/Support:

Nimble Fingers typing help files are limited to a brief online tutorial and an online FAQ section.

Summary:

This typing program is chock-full of advice, drills and tests. This typing software is basic, with no animations, no visual rewards, but plenty of accurate, constructive criticism. If its drills you want, with Nimble Fingers, it’s drills you’ll get.

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Letter Chase Typing Tutor

Features:

  • All immediate family members can use Letter Chase and print and save to file charts of their progress. Charts will automatically be saved with the present user name and the date included in the chart title.
  • In the Beginners Section, transparent, animated hands will guide you from home row to the letter to type. This will help you pick up on the direction and distance of the keys from the home row position.
  • An Intermediate Section is included. With it you can practice words with commonly used letter combinations (ing, qu, ion, etc.). You can instantly pick the combination you want by clicking a speed button. The file will automatically go to the place you choose. Also, you can practice phrases or simple sentences. The animated hands are still used in the intermediate section.
  • The Advanced Section allows you to practice with four lines. Your practice will be more realistic and a more accurate WPM score can be calculated.
  • The Letter Chase section is unique to computer typing tutorials. The letters appear at an adjustable WPM rate of speed. The challenge is to set it slightly faster than you can normally type and then try to catch up. The speed adjuster can adjust to any WPM rate you want regardless of the speed of your computer.
  • Another unique feature called “Word Sweep” places words on the screen for a limited amount of time (this is adjustable). The purpose is to teach you how to type the most commonly used words in the English language as quickly as possible.
  • Speed tests are provided so you can monitor your progress.
  • Letter Chase 3.5—3.7 has additional features.
  • Version 3.7 has new timed tests that are superior to the original 10 line tests. The new tests are ideal for schools where an accurate test score is needed to correctly evaluate each student’s progress. The time can be adjusted from 1 to 14 minutes, or set for unlimited. Results can be printed out.
  • Letter Chase 3.5 has a totally rewritten Lessons Section with 8 self-contained lessons. No more confusion from switching between windows. The new lessons systematically teach key location while developing key transfer skills and speed all at the same time. Learning time is reduced by an algorithm which detects your errors and concentrates on the keys you are missing. You set your own personal wpm goals and “graduate” on to the next lesson when you are ready.
  • As requested by some school instructors, Letter Chase users can now save a log of the more important statistics from each section. (Lessons — wpm, which lesson, and accuracy; Beginners — Best time and accuracy; Intermediate — wpm; Advanced — wpm; Letter Chase — wpm; Tests — wpm). The log will include username and date, and by default, be saved in the users name (name.txt). The file is a text file and can be viewed in any text editor/word processor. To use this feature select “Log Progress to File” from the Main Menu.

Letter Chase Typing Tutor is practically the same as Advanced Speed Typing (ranked #10), but a few screens in Letter Chase have additional customization options. This program is the newest version from DR Software.

Ease of Use:

Letter Chase Typing Tutor has helpful instructions to aid navigation—without this, navigating Letter Chase Typing Tutor would be tough. For example, the testing section is a blank, uninviting screen. Knowing where to start and what to do isn’t intuitive.

Feature Set:

Letter Chase Typing includes eight basic typing lessons, a beginner section, and intermediate and advanced levels. Students move to progressively harder typing drills automatically.

Letter Chase Typing Tutor comes with two beginner typing games to hone basic skills, called Letter Chase and Word Sweep—that display text for your child to type within a time limit. We feel the program would be more fun with more game variety.

After checking typing skills in the test area results are viewed on bar graphs; these test results don’t spell out which fingers or hands need improvement, but simply graphs how well the typist is doing on each character or letter.

In Letter Chase Typing Tutor, you can adjust the timing, sound, and background color to suit your fancy, so this typing software allows for limited customization.

Letter Chase Typing Tutor does not have a library of practice articles, but you can add your own practice materials or use the Letter Chase 10-line drills.
Ease of Installation:

Installing Letter Chase Typing Tutor was easy.

Help/Support:

D R Software offers a customer service email address for technical support. The help tutorial in the Letter Chase Typing Tutor program details instructions for each part of the software. The help file includes an index/search tool for finding topics fast.

Summary:

Advance Speed Typing by D R Software is marketed to the whole family, but younger children will need assistance finding their way around and understanding progress reports.

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Advanced Speed Typing

Features:

  • Advanced Speed Typing uses 8 lessons to teach new users the keys. You will start by learning to memorize the individual keys, then use those keys in words before going on to the next set of keys.
  • In the Beginner’s Drills Section, transparent, animated hands will guide you from home row to the letter to type. This will help you pick up on the direction and distance of the keys from the home row position.
  • After registration, all immediate family members can use Letter Chase and print and save to file charts of their progress. Charts will automatically be saved with the present user name and the date included in the chart title.
  • After learning the keys, the Intermediate Section is will help you practice with word combinations. With it you can practice words with commonly used letter combinations (ing, qu, ion, etc.). You can instantly pick the combination you want by clicking a speed button. The file will automatically go to the place you choose. Also, you can practice phrases or simple sentences. The animated hands are still used in the intermediate section in case you forget.
  • The Advanced Section allows you to type four lines at time. Your practice will be more realistic and a more accurate WPM score can be calculated.
  • The “Letter Chase” section is unique to computer typing tutorials. The letters appear at an adjustable WPM rate of speed. The challenge is to set it slightly faster than you can normally type and then try to catch up. The speed adjuster can adjust to any WPM rate you want regardless of the speed of your computer.
  • “Word Sweep” places words on the screen for a limited amount of time (this is adjustable). The purpose is to teach you how to type the most commonly used words in the English language as quickly as possible.
  • Speed tests are provided so you can monitor your progress.

Advanced Speed Typing is virtually the same as Letter Chase Typing Tutor (ranked #9) except that a few screens in Letter Chase have new customization options. This program is an older version from DR Software.

Ease of Use:

Advanced Speed Typing has good on-screen instructions to help you navigate, otherwise finding your way around in Advanced Speed Typing would be difficult. The testing section is also confusing because it is a blank, uninviting screen—it’s tough to know how to start.

Feature Set:

This typing software has eight lessons that teach the typing basics. After mastering these, students move to the beginner section for typing drills to increase speed and accuracy. Then, typists move work on progressively harder drills in the intermediate and advanced levels.

Advanced Speed Typing includes two beginner games for basic skills practice: Letter Chase and Word Sweep. These games display text for your child to type within a time limit. We feel the program would be more effective with more games.

Children measure their typing skills in the testing area. Results are viewed on bar graphs; these test results doesn’t spell out which fingers or hands need improvement, but simply graphs how well the typist is doing on each character or letter.

In Advanced Speed Typing, you can adjust the timing, sound, and background color to suit your fancy, so this typing software allows for limited customization.

Advanced Speed Typing does not have a library of practice articles, but the program does have 10-line drills and you can add your own practice materials by typing them into the program.
Ease of Installation:

We had not trouble installing Advanced Speed Typing.

Help/Support:

The help section in Advanced Speed Typing is a tutorial that guides typists on each portion of the program. This typing software also offers an index/search feature so that you can find information quickly. D R Software offers a customer service email address also.

Summary:

Advance Speed Typing by D R Software is supposed to be for the whole family, but younger children will need help to navigate and decipher test results.

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Accu-Type

There are 20 levels included in this typing software; a child must achieve a certain level of proficiency before Accu-Type will allow the child to move on to the next level.There are different typing exercises at each level and the program determines when the typist is ready move on—you can’t skip typing sections or jump around. We didn’t go through all 20 levels, so we only evaluated the beginning typing levels.

The Accu-Tech website does not offer much detailed information on what typing tasks this program covers, and the help section was skimpy as well.

The main section of this typing software—where you practice typing drills—is fairly straightforward and easy to use.

There is no ideal age range suggested for this typing software, but we feel Accu-Type would not be appropriate young children because it’s challenging to figure out. A child needs some computer experience get around in this typing software and to be able to understand the typing test results. (These are displayed on a line graph that takes some time to figure out.)

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Ten Thumbs Typing Tutor

Ten Thumbs by Runtime Revolution Ltd. is a typing tutorial designed for the classroom, but this typing software works as a stand-alone typing tutor also. Ten Thumbs Typing Tutor is older typing software, so the screen resolution isn’t as sharp and clear as those offered in newer typing software and the program don’t expand and fill your whole computer screen.This basic typing software is fairly easy to use, but doesn’t include all the bells and whistles that other typing software offers. You choose a level (beginner to advanced) then Ten Thumbs Typing Tutor will show the basics. This typing software includes only two typing games.

This typing software generates simple progress reports and offers students an icon to click for extra practice in weak areas.

The help section of Ten Thumbs Typing Tutor is limited and resembles a FAQ page.

For $25.95, there is better, more comprehensive typing software available for both classroom and home use. Consider one of our top picks, Typing Quick & Easy or Ainsworth Keyboard Trainer.

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Roller Typing

Roller Typing feels just like a game based on the sport of roller-blading. This premise may work well for some children, but mature kids may feel this typing software is, well, corny. The manufacturer, EdVenture Software, has focused on making typing drills visually fun for youngsters, but that’s all.The program has five typing categories and 20 typing levels, but no typing practice material, no typing tips and no typing tests. Children progress through a typing level and move on to the next. Some of the typing sections are timed, however, so you can track improvements yourself.

The program is just corny enough that very young kids will probably enjoy it. We felt this typing software was expensive considering the light feature set. For less money, consider one of our top typing software choices, Typing Quick & Easy and Typing Pal Junior.

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Jump Start Typing

Jump Start Typing has been discontinued, however you can still purchase Jump Start Typing from discount outlet shopping sites. There is no techincal support available.

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>>> Typing games for kids, ages 6-8

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For the youngest learners:

  • Disney’s Adventures In Typing with Timon & Pumba [ages 6 and up] from Disney Interactive, is a beautifully animated program for beginning typists.
  • Read, Write & Type, [ages 6 to 8] from Talking Fingers (previously published by The Learning Company), is a combination program, merging the teaching of phonics-based reading skills with an introduction to typing.
  • Mario Teaches Typing 2, [ages 6 and up] from Brainstorm uses characters and a style familiar to millions of Nintendo-lovers.
    • Disney’s Adventures In Typing with Timon & PumbaTimon and Pumba typing game

      Disney Interactive
      Can learning to type ever be fun for kids? Disney tries to make it so by providing entertaining sound effects, lovable Lion King characters and great graphics in Disney’s Adventures in Typing with Timon and Pumba. Rafiki teaches basic posture, home row skills and 15 typing lessons, while Timon and Pumba help practice proficiency with 5 different games. The games are clever and well planned to entertain and educate, but children must complete quite a few lessons before being allowed to advance to a new game.

      Educational Value
      Disney’s Adventures in Typing continually educates and positively encourages children. The program will help teach young users how to type with valuable lessons and games, but they need a great deal of patience to learn. Progress reports keep track of childrens’ accuracy, games played, as well as best keys and worst keys. As children learn to type faster and more accurately, the games and lessons adjust accordingly.

      Unlike many other learn-to-type programs, Disney’s Adventures in Typing makes no attempt to assess the initial skill levels of the user — every new user starts at the very beginning, and progresses in a linear fashion through all the lessons. If this proves inappropriate, the “Parental Controls” section include an “unlock everything” option, which allows users to select lessons and drills in any order. Kid Appeal
      While the games are fun, entertaining, and beneficial, Rafiki’s lessons can get long and boring for some children. Users must finish a series of lessons along with the same game before moving on to the next lessons and game. Our 8-year-old tester enjoyed the first game, but grew tired of the lessons. She quit before moving to the next game, even though she really enjoyed the first one. It is difficult for children not to get anxious, if they expect constant entertainment. But if your child has patience, he/she will find the program useful and enjoyable.

      Ease of Use / Install
      Clear on-screen directions and instruction make this program very easy to use. Learning to type takes time (and practice) to master, but the program is well arranged for mechanical ease throughout the learning process. The only reason our testers reported opening the CD jewel-case manual, was to discover how to access the parental controls options.

      Best for… / Bottom-Line

      More games for each series of lessons would make children happier. Unfortunately, the high ratio of lessons to games might keep children from voluntarily returning to use this program. Nonetheless, this program provides a relatively painless way to learn typing skills. For willing children, the tools in this program are ready and waiting.

      See SuperKids’ comparisons with other Typing software titles, and the Buyers Guide for current market prices of the PC and Mac versions.

      System Requirements
      PC: Windows 95, Pentium90 or faster cpu, 10 MB hard drive space, 16 MB RAM, 256 color video display, 4X or faster CD-ROM, 16-bit Windows compatible sound card Windows compatible mouse
      Mac: System 7.5 or higher, PowerPC 75MHz or faster cpu, 10 MB hard drive space, 24 MB RAM, 256 color video display, 4X or faster CD-ROM

      Reviewed on:
      PowerMac 6400/200 with 32MB and 8XCD
      Pentium166 with 24MB and 12XCD

  • Read, Write & Type

    by The Learning Company

    Read, Write & Type typing game

    For Ages 6 to 8

    Reviewed on:
    PowerMac 6100/60 with 8MB and 2XCD
    Pentium90 with 8MB and a 2XCD
    Content Read, Write & Type is a combination program, merging the teaching of phonics-based reading skills with an introduction to typing. How do you get 6 to 9 year-olds to sit still long enough to learn touch typing? Read, Write & Type approaches the challenge by rolling the requisite progressions and drills into a rescue story.

    The plot is simple: Vexor the Virus (the bad guy) has stolen all the letters of the alphabet. The user needs to help the Storytellers rescue the letters, to enable them to tell their stories. Letters are rescued by correctly typing the letters which match the sounds that begin, are in the middle of, or at the end of words shown in small pictures. Simple, right? Not yet. First, the user must cross a playground by repeatedly typing letters or words as prompted by a pair of disembodied lips! Too many errors, and Vexor blows you back to the starting line.

    After successfully rescuing a letter, the user goes to the Story Tree, where letters, phrases, and simple sentences are dictated, and must be repeated on the keyboard by the user. Ease of Install / Use
    Our reviewers reported no problems in installation or use of this program on Macs or PC’s.

    Methodology “The plot successfully captured the initial interest of our kids reviewers,” according to their parents. “But it didn’t take long for them to recognize that this was a drill program that required lots of repetition before they could move on.” Our typing teachers saw this as an unfortunate reality of the subject matter, “You have to practice, to learn to type.” As a phonics program, Read, Write & Type does an “excellent job of building and practicing sound recognition and letter correllation,” according to our teacher reviewer. Proxy Parent Value This is not “fire and forget” software — software that your kids will rip the shrinkwrap off of, and disappear with for hours at a time. In fact, the directions suggest keeping lessons short (one or two letters at a sitting), and hovering nearby for the first 8-10 letters. We would agree. Best for… As a phonics program, Read, Write & Type is appropriate for 6 to 8 year-olds, possibly even 5 year-olds. The younger end of this age spectrum, however, had difficulty in our tests mastering the fine motor skills required for touch typing. Older children, motivated to learn to type, will find this program effective. Bottom-Line Read, Write & Type is a useful phonics program, even for children who lack the fine motor skills to master touch-typing.

    Mario Teaches Typing 2

    from BrainstormMario typing game

    For Ages 6 to 10

    Reviewed on:

    Performa 6400/200 with 32MB and 8XCD

    Pentium90 with 24MB and a 2XCD

    Description

    Mario Teaches Typing 2 is the updated sequel to its bestselling namesake. Utilizing characters and a style familiar to millions of Nintendo-playing children (and perhaps a few closet parents), Mario, Luigi and the Princess guide users through a progression of keyboard drills.

    New users sign-in and are given the option of starting with a placement test, a step-by-step sequence of lessons, or simply selecting the level they feel is appropriate. The placement test is a timed typing exercise that measures speed and accuracy.

    Users who start at the beginning move through three levels of typing difficulty: single letter, complete words, and sentences and paragraphs. Each of these levels is associated with a different Mario “game.”

    Ease of Install / Use

    Mario Teaches Typing installed without difficulty on our reviewers’ Mac and Windows-based machines. The program is intuitive to use, and provides easy access to help screens if new users have any difficulty.

    Parents or teachers can easily customize the typing drills, by editing the letter, word, or text files which are presented to the user for parctice.

    Educational Value

    After every drill, an animated Mario provides results-based feedback to the user. “Oh-oh. We slipped a little bit. Let’s get back in there and try real hard!” In addition to the audio feedback, every drill produces a results table, specifying words-per-minute, accuracy, and identifying problem letters. The program does not, however, recognize and suggest corrections for common errors like missing the home row, cap locks key on, or consistent letter switching.

    Our reviewers, parents and kids alike, agreed that the combination of Mario game action and timed typing drills was sometimes distracting — parents found the video game action distracting, whereas the kids said the same about the drills!

    Kid Appeal

    Children who have grown up with Nintendo will find Mario a comfortable environment in which to learn basic typing skills, and fun for practice. Among our non-Nintendo users, however, the attraction was weaker.

    Best for… / Bottom-line

    Mario Teaches Typing 2 is a solid typing program, cloaked in a Nintendo disguise. If the targeted student enjoys Mario or Mario-style video games, this program will create a typist.

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    >>> Typing games for kids, ages 7-10+

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    For video-game lovers:

    • Jump Start Typing, [ages 7 to 10] from Knowledge Adventure, is a fun and effective learn-to-type program. It is best suited for children who like sports arcade games, and competition.
    • Slam Dunk Typing, [ages 10 and up] from The Learning Company (formerly from Creative Wonders), targets basketball and video-game loving teenagers. via superkids.com

    JumpStart Typing

    Knowledge AdventureJump Start Typing

    Ages 7 to 10

    JumpStart Typing transports the user to Sparks Stadium, for an intergalactic keyboard contest. Professor Sparks has hired the best coach in the galaxy, Coach Qwerty, to lead the home team to victory. Unfortunately, Prof. Sparks’ young daughter Polly has locked the coach behind bars, because he accused her of inadequate practice! With the help of Polly and a robot named Botley, the user must demonstrate improved typing proficency in a series of seven timed typing tests, to set him free.

    The program has two main screens. The first is the Keyboard Training Center. Here the user will find the Technique-O-Tron, where video lessons are available, the Test-O-Matic for typing practice and test taking, and the access port to the Stadium — the other main screen. This second screen is the center for various arcade-style typing games. More on those later.

    After the introduction sets the scene, all new users take a diagnostic test. This timed typing test sets the goals for future performance. Users then go into a series of lessons, at any point from which they can elect to take timed tests to earn strength for their team. This reservoir of strength is then drawn down during game play.

    Educational Value
    JumpStart Typing is a solid learn-to-type program, hidden by a fun user interface, and an attractive collection of typing drill games. The program features some amount of adaptive learning — that is it tracks performance strengths and weaknesses, and focuses more attention on the weaker areas. The only clear spot where we were certain we saw this during our testing, was in the performance goal setting; good typists scored higher on the diagnostic test and were therefore given more difficult goals to reach in working to set Coach Qwerty free. Regardless, the program does a good job of teaching and drilling.

    The program also offers a nice set of printable progress reports. These can be generated for the current session, or for all sessions for that user. They cover speed and accuracy by letter, (also for numbers/symbols) by hand and by finger!

    Kid Appeal
    Learning to type is a matter of technique and LOTS of practice. JumpStart Typing combined an interesting mix of drills and testing (necessary to get the strength to play the games) with a variety of arcade-style games that also exercised touch typing skills. Our 10 year-old tester’s initial reaction, “Gee, the voices aren’t well synched with the lips,” was soon forgotten in favor of, “Let me try that again!”

    Games ranged from relatively easy, to challenging enough to get our young tester pretty revved up. One of the simpler games involved typing the letters shown on a series of obstacles, to allow a skater to finish a race. At the other end of the spectrum was a foosball-like game, where each of the rods controlling soccer players was activated by typing a letter combination that constantly changed!

    Each of the games focused on touch typing practice, and required both speed and accuracy.

    Ease of Use / Install
    JumpStart Typing was easy to install in our test Windows Me computer. We were up and running less than a minute after inserting the CD.

    Program navigation is reasonably intuitive. At no time did any of our testers report even opening the skinny CD-case manual.

    Best for… / Bottom-Line
    JumpStart Typing is a fun and effective learn-to-type program. It is best suited for children who like sports arcade games, and competition.

    See SuperKids’ comparisons with other typing software titles, and the Buyers Guide for current market prices of the PC and Mac versions.

    System Requirements
    PC: Windows 95/98, 486 DX/2 66 or faster cpu, 5 MB hard drive space, 16 MB RAM, 640×480x256 color SVGA graphics display, 2X or faster CD-ROM, 16 bit sound card sound card, mouse.

    Mac: System 7.1 or later, PowerPC cpu, 8 MB hard drive space, 16 MB RAM, 256 color display, 4X or faster CD-ROM .

    Reviewed on:
    - Pentium III - 700 running Windows Me, with 128MB RAM and 24x - CD-ROM

    Slam Dunk Typing

    from Creative WondersSlam Dunk Typing Game

    For Ages 10 and up

    See also the Summary Rating Table for comparisons with other Typing software titles, and the SuperKids Buyers Guide for current market prices of the PC and Mac versions.

    Reviewed on:
    Performa 6400/200 with 32MB and 8XCD
    Pentium166 with 32MB and a 12XCD
    Description
    Aimed at the difficult to attract teenage-user, Slam Dunk Typing attempts to take a dry, drill-oriented activity and make it fun. It transports the user to a basketball court, where quick and accurate typing results in a winning season.

    Initially, the user becomes acquainted with the claymation-like coach who presents his fundamentals of typing game plan. Then it’s on to training camp, where the fun begins. Here the letters are taught at increasingly difficult levels, progressing to drills that utilize the entire keyboard. A variety of skill-building drills are available at each level. Each drill features basketball court graphics, bleachers filled with cheering (and booing) fans, and virtual players whose movements are controlled by the typist. Occasionally, an unusually enthusiastic fan will pop up in the crowd to hold up a sign (e.g., Swoosh) or initiate a cheer.

    In the Passing drill, the user passes the ball by typing the letter that appears next to a player. Free throws are made by typing the letters that appear in a small window at the bottom of the screen before time runs out. Heads Up, the most arcade-like of the drills, requires the user to type the letters that appear on descending basketballs before they hit the floor. In Slam Dunk quick and accurate typing results in a successful dunking. Horse is a trick-shot section where correct typing causes the ball to bounce off various obstacles (including a human mountain of cheerleaders) and into the basket. Game Time, our reviewers’ favorite drill, simulates the game itself, with the user typing the word that appears above the basket to score (offense), or to block the shot (defense). Finally, the Sports Reporter is a speed test, featuring articles about basketball heroes.

    Ease of Install / Use
    SuperKids reviewers did not encounter any problems while installing Slam Dunk Typing on Windows 95 or Mac test machines

    This well-organized program adequately provides what little explanation is required for each drill on the CD itself. The brief user’s guide included with the program is complete, although fairly superfluous. A Quick Stats section, available after every drill, gives the user’s score for the drill, as well as accuracy, problem keys, and other users’ high scores.

    Educational Value
    Slam Dunk Typing sufficiently explains the fundamentals of typing, while providing a large number of drills to reinforce newly gained typing skills.

    Kid Appeal
    This program met with mixed reviews. Basketball-lovers and video-game players were extremely enthusiastic. The training-camp theme eased the inherent monotony of repetitive typing drills, while it motivated students through the use of realistic sound effects and satisfying outcomes. Testers who were not hoops fans, however, were less impressed. Without the love of the game to inspire them, typing became tedious, and the speed drills frustrating. The Heads Up section was uncomfortable for those who lack arcade skills, and soured a few to the point of losing interest in the program.

    Best for… / Bottom-Line
    With its intensity, its arcade-like drills, and its basketball-court theme, this program is not for everyone. It will appeal most to ‘heads up’ learners who are seeking a ’slam-dunk’ typing program.

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    >>> Typing games for kids, ages 11-14

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    For classroom students:

    • Typing Time, [ages 11-14] from Thomson Learning / South-Western Educational Publishing, is a complete keyboarding program that includes tutorials, practice drills and games, covering letter keys, numbers and symbols, and keypad basics. Although not as flashy as some of the better-known programs, it is well-designed for classroom/computer lab use, and no-nonsense home learners.
    • All the Right Type Three, [ages 9 and up] from Ingenuity Works, is a no-nonsense program. Users immediately begin to type, following a program of lessons and graduated drills. There are a few nods to entertainment, but for the most part students focus on the task at hand and the intrinsic rewards of a lesson learned and a job well-done.
    • Type to Learn, [ages 8 to 14] from Sunburst, is a single focus program. Twenty-two lessons illustrate everything from proper posture and hand position, to the correct finger selection for every key on the keyboard, including numbers and punctuation. A motivated student who goes through all the lessons, will learn to type.
    • UltraKey, [ages 8 and up] from Bytes of Learning, takes a straightforward approach, beginning with the basics. This is a solid instructional program, with a well-structured approach to teaching, practicing, and testing. Not a lot of fun, but effective.
    • Typing Instructor Deluxe [ages 10 and up] from Individual Software, is a well-organized and complete typing instruction program. Although it may be successfully used by young students, it will be most appreciated by older students and adults.
    • Typing Tutor, [ages 10 and up] from Davidson / Simon & Schuster consists of lessons and tests. Once past the beginner level, the user can choose to practice on selections from interesting literature, or on stories about old movie clips. Speed and accuracy may also be built, using three challenging games. This is a great program for anyone - including adults - interested in improving exisiting typing skills. It would not, however, be one of our top choices for beginning typists.

    Typing Time

    Thomson Learning / South-Western Educational PublishingTyping Time Game

    Ages 11 to 14

    Typing Time is a complete keyboarding program that includes tutorials, practice drills and games, and a reasonably well-featured word processor. Users can select from letter keys, numbers and symbols, practice, keypad basics, and games.

    Letter Keys are taught in 20 lessons offered in a recommended sequence, but selectable in any order if desired. Lesson 1 - Home Row, begins with posture. Users are shown a 3-D model of the proper position, and Casey the narrator describes the essentials. Users are prompted to strike specific keys. Correct answers cause Casey to smile; incorrect actions produce a grimace. The program is good at providing different forms of positive feedback — always important when learning a new skill. For the homerow lesson, the keyboard is shown on screen, with transparent hands striking the correct blinking keys when an error is made. When first learning a new letter, the program only accepts correct key stokes; later, the program checks for both speed and accuracy.

    As users progress through practice drills, they are challenged to improve their typing speed. “Touch” typing — where the user looks at the material to be typed, rather than their fingers, is sometimes required by the use of nonsensical letter combinations, rather than memorizable words or phrases. Interestingly, in the early lessons perfect accuracy is not a factor in these timed typing drills.

    At the end of each lesson, the user is presented a game that exercises the keyboarding skills learned. Following completion of the game, the program displays a printable record of lesson completion and performance, including samples of the user’s typing performance. This report is personalized with the student’s name and class ID number, if desired.

    The other sections — numbers and symbols, practice, and keypad basics — are structured similarly to the Letter Key lessons.

    Educational Value

    Typing Time is a solid typing instruction program, especially well-suited for classroom or school lab use. Upon launching, the user is prompted to login. New users enter their first and last names, a class ID, and a self-selected password. The program’s audio may be turned off, and users can read the instructions, if the program is used in a classroom or lab setting. The program generates a number of useful reports and graphs (by lesson, overall, top 10 game scores, etc.).

    Kid Appeal

    Typing Time, like many other programs faced with the task of teaching this highly useful (but boring to learn) skill, attempts to compensate for the drudgery by including games that exercise the skills being taught. Our young reviewers, ages 11 and 12, found the games to be of mixed attractiveness. Their favorite was Paintball Planet. In this pseudo-arcade game, the user must protect her spaceship’s viewscreen from flying paintballs by quickly typing each line as seen without errors. Make a mistake, or type too slowly, and the spaceship must expend wiper fluid to clean off the mess.

    Ease of Use / Install

    Typing Time does not take advantage of Windows auto-play feature. Instead, users must go to Start > Run then enter setup.exe to install the program. Not a big deal - it took us less than 2 minutes to install. The program installation also thoughtfully included an uninstall icon in the start menu.

    Program navigation is generally intuitive, and follows a pre-determinded path unless overridden by the user.

    Best for… / Bottom-Line

    Typing Time is a carefully organized, lesson-based, complete learn-to-type program. Although not as flashy as some of the better-known programs, it is well-designed for classroom/computer lab use, and no-nonsense home learners.

    See SuperKids’ comparisons with other typing software titles, and the Buyers Guide for current market prices of the PCand Mac versions of this program.

    System Requirements

    PC: Windows 95/98/Me/XP/2000, Pentium 233 or faster cpu, 40 MB hard drive space, 32 MB RAM, 800×400 color display, 4x or faster CD-ROM, Soundblaster compatible sound card .

    Mac: System 8.0 or higher, PowerPC 200MHz or faster cpu, 60 MB hard drive space, 32 MB RAM, 800×400 color display, 4X or faster CD-ROM .

    Reviewed on:

    - Pentium II 700MHz running Windows Me, with 128MB RAM and 24x - CD-ROM

    All the Right Type Three

    Ingenuity Works, Inc.All the Right Type Three

    All the Right Type Three offers basic keyboarding instruction in a simple but effective multi-level format. Students begin by learning correct finger reach, technique and posture in a series of interactive tutorials found in the “Learning Lab”. Each of these lessons is then reinforced in the “Practice Pavillion”, where users can choose standard drills or the optional game mode. Further development occurs in the “Skill Building” area, which features speed and accuracy drills for each lesson. Students can test their progress in the “Testing Center”, which tracks the user’s speed, overall accuracy and problem areas, and reports the results in the “Records Library”. Finally, the “Word Processing Plaza” opens a word processing application to allow students to create and save their own documents. The default word processor is Simple Text for Macintosh users, and Word Pad for Windows users. This default can be easily changed from the File Menu options.

    Educational Value

    All the Right Type is structured to be used in a variety of classroom situations. Teachers should purchase the version that best suits their needs. There are three types of installations offered: Single, Lab Pack and Network. The School Edition can be installed on one computer, the Lab Pack Edition can be installed on up to five computers, and the Site License Edition can be installed on a network.

    Regardless of the edition chosen, multiple student files can be maintained by the teacher. The only real limitation here is the size of the computer hard drive. A “Maintenance” area allows teachers to customize lessons, and monitor and evaluate student progress. Creating customized drill files is simple, and allows instructors to incorporate key curriculum vocabulary in student drills.

    Kid Appeal

    This is a no-nonsense program. Users immediately begin to type, following a program of lessons and graduated drills. There are a few nods to entertainment including races, fireworks displays, puzzles, trophies and printable awards, but for the most part students focus on the task at hand and the intrinsic rewards of a lesson learned and a job well-done. Contrary to what one might think, our student reviewers applauded the program’s simplicity.

    Ease of Use / Install

    Installation of this program can be fairly complex, depending on what version is being installed. Fortunately, the associated User’s Manual is quite detailed and support is readily accessible from the Ingenuity Works website.

    Ingenuity Works advised us that a bug has been discovered in this software. If a teacher deletes a student record, there is a possibility that the class records will also be deleted.

    To remedy this problem, users should go to the Ingenuity Works website and click on “Support” from the side menu bar. This support page includes an All The Right Type v3.0 Support Alert link. Clicking on the link will take the user to a page with information on downloading a fix for the the bug.

    Best for… / Bottom-Line

    Learning to type requires a little training, and then practice, practice and more practice. With All the Right Type Three students get both, along with valuable feedback. We recommend it for mature students who seek a no-nonsense typing program.

    See SuperKids’ comparisons with other typing software titles, and the Buyers Guide for current market prices of the PC and Mac versions.

    System Requirements

    PC: Windows 3.1, 95/98 or NT, 386/33 MHz or faster cpu, 9 MB hard drive space, 8 MB RAM, CD-ROM drive.

    Mac: 7.0 or higher, 68030/20 MHz or faster cpu, 6 MB available hard drive space, 2.5 MB RAM, 256 colors at 640×480 resolution, CD-ROM drive.

    Type to Learn

    by SunburstType to Learn typing game

    For Ages 8 to 14

    Type to Learn is a single focus program. Twenty-two lessons illustrate everything from proper posture and hand position, to the correct finger selection for every key on the keyboard, including the dreaded numbers and punctuation. With each lesson, there are also corresponding practice games and speed building exercises.

    Keyboard instruction makes use of simple hand and key animations, with audio instructions correcting mistakes and repeating directions. Presented in a factual and straightforward manner, there are neither rewards nor chastisements for the user’s efforts.

    Type to Learn’s games and speed drills can be “just as challenging for an adult learner, as for a youngster,” according to our parent reviewers. Several, in fact, reported that they spent an “inordinate amount of time” in the “Blast-off” practice game after their kids had departed! (The games are analogous to real-world typing, in that errors require you to start over.)

    Ease of Install / Use

    Our reviewers reported no problems in installing the CD version of Type to Learn on their PC’s. We did note, however, that a full installation of the floppy disk version would require 30 MB of hard drive space, an amount not likely to be found on many CD-less machines. Use was relatively intuitive for our reviewers, after they discovered that navigation between features required going to the menu bar, and selecting “Window,” then “Chose activity.”

    Methodology

    “Practice, practice, practice.” Not only is that the way to Carnegie Hall, it’s apparently the only way to learn how to type. Type to Learn introduces letters two at a time, and then drills them into the user’s neural memory by repetition and integration with keys previously learned. The program does an excellent job of tracking up to 5 individuals’ progress, with printable graphs and reports.

    Proxy Parent Value

    Proxy Parent Value is SuperKids measure for how well a program holds a child’s attention with limited parental support or intervention. Type to Learn scores highly on this measure among children who are self-motivated to learn to type. Our kid testers lacking this interest, tended to stay at one level or “bail out” at the earliest possible opportunity.

    Best for…

    Type to Learn is best for a motivated student.

    Bottom-Line

    If you (or your child) work your way all the way through the 22 lessons in Type to Learn, you will learn to type.

    UltraKey

    by Bytes of LearningUltraKey typing game

    For Ages 8 and up

    See also the Summary Rating Table for comparisons with other Typing software titles, and the SuperKids Buyers Guide for current market prices of PC and Mac versions.

    Reviewed on:

    PowerMac 6100/60 with 8MB and a 2XCD

    Content

    UltraKey is the lineal descendant of an early typing program for the Apple II, called SuperKey. Enhanced repeatedly over the last seven years, UltraKey takes a straightforward approach, beginning with the basics. The main screen offers sections on posture and finger position, as well as lessons and tests. Unlike some of the other programs we’ve reviewed, there are no games in UltraKey. About the closest the progam comes to humor, is in the funky sound the keys make when touched, simulating the sound of a 1970’s era IBM Selectric.

    One interesting feature in UltraKey is its use of text-to-speech synthesis. At any point, the user can click on a speaker icon, and hear the written instructions. As is true with most such synthesizers, the voice is quite mechanical sounding. Although most of our older users elected not to employ this option, it could be useful for early readers.

    Ease of Install / Use

    UltraKey installed without any difficulties on our reviewers’ Mac’s. “Navigation between and within the different sections of the program was simple and clear,” reported one of our parent reviewers.

    Methodology

    Each lesson begins with an introduction to the letters covered, then progresses through letter practice, skill practice, and word practice. For example, the first lesson introduces the home row position, and then takes on the letter “J”. After a dozen rounds of practicing typing the letter “J” in groups of three, the user is asked if more practice is desired. If not, on to the letter “K”. Exciting? No. Necessary? Probably.

    After completing each lesson, the user is encouraged to take a corresponding skills test. These are short, timed typing tests - producing feedback ranging from “terrific!” to “you are learning but need more practice.” We wanted to see how the program would handle a common beginning touch typist mistake - putting the hands a row too high. The result? “You have made too many errors, please try again.” So this time, we just had the reviewer consistently interchange the letters “D” and “S”. And UltraKey came closer to identifying the problem, “Be sure to keep your fingers anchored on the home row.”

    How fast can a beginner learn to type? The program claims that in 8-1/2 hours you can become proficent. That claim is believable, with a motivated student. For example, one of our parents reported that in less than 15 minutes his 9 year-old daughter had gone from non-typer, to being able to type “A LASS ASKS FOR ALL LADS.” Not exactly Pulitzer material, but what do you expect from using only letters on the home row?

    Proxy Parent Value

    Proxy Parent Value is SuperKids’ measure of how well and how long a program captivates a child’s attention without significant parental intervention. UltraKey scored moderately well on this measure, among children interested in learning to type.

    Best for…

    UltraKey is a good learn to type program for home or classroom use, with children motivated to learn typing skills.

    Bottom-Line

    Solid instructional program, with well-structured approach to teaching, practicing, and testing. Not a lot of fun, but effective.

    Typing Instructor Deluxe

    from Individual SoftwareTyping Instructor Deluxe

    For Ages 10 and up

    See also the Summary Rating Table for comparisons with other Typing software titles, and the SuperKids Buyers Guide for current market prices of the PC and Mac versions.

    Description

    Set in an airport terminal, Typing Instructor Deluxe offers everything from lessons and practice sessions to tests and progress reports. It allows the user to enter at any level, from beginner, lacking any previous typing experience or skill, to skilled touch typist. The program works with the user, finding his or her weaknesses and suggesting lessons, drills and games to strengthen and improve typing ability.

    Lessons feature visuals of a computer keyboard and screen. Users view a brief video-tutorial, and are then asked to practice what has been taught. After each lesson the user is given the option of repeating the lesson, taking a typing test based on that lesson, trying one of the games or “Adventures” offered in the program, or moving on to the next section. Any lesson can be accessed at any time, however the program does suggest the appropriate next step. Results of each lesson, test or adventure are computed in words per minute, and easily viewed along with in-depth analyses identifying the user’s strengths and weakness.

    Five adventures are offered, varying from Cliffhanger, where speedy and accurate typing allows a rock climber to scale a cliff ahead of his or her opponent, to Tomb Typer, a more intricate game in which the user explores a tomb, typing words to navigate and to blast mummies and other unsavory creatures along the way, to Gone Fishin’, in which the user rapidly types the numbers that appear under each fish to hook it, developing 10 key (numeric keypad) skills.

    Ease of Install / Use

    Although Typing Instructor Deluxe installed easily enough on Windows 95, it required the additional installation of a ’small fonts driver’ that was not included on the disk, nor was it mentioned in the manual. A call to tech support and a simple display-setting change quickly circumvented the problem.

    Typing Instructor Deluxe’s User’s Guide is a gold mine of information, not only for the user of the program, but for any interested typist. It includes extensive instructions detailing the program and how to achieve the best results from its use, as well as sections describing the creation of personal and business letters, the history of the typewriter, and typing trivia.

    Educational Value

    This program is well-organized and complete, taking the user from the basics of proper posture and positioning of hands, through mastery of the entire keyboard. The Magazine Rack section is an educational bonus, with a vast array of practice articles that are both interesting and informative. Another thoughtful addition is a section with relaxation and stress reduction exercises to do while working at the typewriter or computer.

    One SuperKids parent reviewer commented that she was especially pleased with the vocabulary used in the programs’ adventures. She found that her son “…was exposed to many unusual terms that he might not normally have encountered.”

    Kid Appeal

    Although Typing Instructor Deluxe is not necessarily aimed at children, it can be used and enjoyed by Intermediate and High School students wanting to learn to type. The lessons themselves are easily completed, and the adventures, although simple in design, provide the user with an entertaining way to practice newfound skills.

    Younger reviewers did find parts of the program distracting, however. Throughout the lessons section, hands appear to the left and right of the text screen demonstrating proper finger placements. Although this was helpful for beginning keyboarders, it drew users’ attention away from the text, causing fumbling, mistakes, and subsequent frustration.

    Best for… / Bottom-Line

    This pleasant program is best for those who want to learn to type or to improve their typing skills without the frenetic pace or high-pressure of some typing programs.

    Typing Tutor 7

    by Davidson / Simon & SchusterTyping Tutor 7

    For Ages 10 and up

    See also the Summary Rating Table for comparisons with other Typing software titles, and the SuperKids Buyers Guide for current market prices of PC and Mac versions.

    Content

    Typing Tutor claims to help its users improve speed and accuracy. If our reviewers’ experience is typical, those claims are true. “The good news,” said one of our staff members, “is that I increased my typing speed by 40 percent in one day using Typing Tutor . (Ed. note: OK, he still only types 35 words per minute, but it was a major improvement!)”

    The program consists of lessons and tests. Once past the beginner level, the user can choose to practice on selections from interesting literature, or on stories about old movie clips. Speed and accuracy may also be built, using three games, two of which our reviewers found captivating: an arcade-style game reminiscent of the old SDI game, where the user must protect cities from descending “word bombs” — correctly typing the word launches an interceptor; and a word search game, where words are hidden in a block of letters.

    Ease of Install / Use

    We had a little trouble installing Typing Tutor on one of our reviewer’s PC’s: the installer loaded an older version of QuickTime for Windows than one already installed on the machine. Similarly, the machine wanted to install WIN32S, even though one already existed on the test system. Neither problem caused any difficulty, but we would recommend that you opt not to accept the install options for these two add-ons, if you know you already have newer versions on your PC.

    Our reviewers reported one difficulty in initial use of the software. A computer novice-challenging question presents itself when a new user is asked to designate the file where records are to be kept. On a Windows 3.1 machine, the default suggestion is for a directory on the CD-ROM drive, which is not possible. (CD-ROM’s are read-only devices. You must change drives and identify a new location.) They also thought a “back” button would be a nice addition to make it easier to go back one screen, when moving between the program’s many features.

    Although the manual is limited to the jewel box insert, the program does a good job of self-explanation. In addition, Davidson provides toll-free phone support, and a 30-day money money back guarantee.

    Methodology

    Typing Tutor is a good example of an intelligent interactive program. Users start by identifying their typing experience level (beginner, hunt & peck, etc.), then the program selects a learning path whose pace and direction is based on the user’s demonstrated speed and accuracy. The program also knows a few tricks. “I’ve always cheated a bit, stealing a quick look at the keyboard,” admitted one of our reviewers. “Typing Tutor made that impossible in some lessons and tests, by using nonsense words and phrases.”

    Proxy Parent Value

    Proxy parent value is SuperKids measure of how well and how long a program captivates a user’s attention. Typing Tutor scored well on this measure for children who wanted to improve their existing typing skills. The program’s use of over 100 interesting literature and movie clips makes the requisite “drills and tests far less tedious than the typing class I took in junior high,” according to our parent reviewer.

    Best for…

    Hunt and peck typists found the program most helpful; beginners found the program relatively unsupportive.

    Bottom-Line

    Typing Tutor is a great program for anyone - including adults - interested in improving their typing skills. It would not, however, be one of our top choices for beginning typists.

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    10 Finger BreakOut

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    Windows 2000/XP

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    The new generation typing tutor - typing game.

    10 Finger BreakOut is a REAL arcade game, in which you are escaping from invaders, shooting and trying to hit balls. This is no fake - you are playing BreakOut ! (You are not just typing characters). With this free typing game you WILL have fun, but don’t worry, by playing 10 Finger BreakOut you sure will be learning to type. Improve your typing skills with this free typing tutor - typing game.

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    Analytical Eye Typing Tutor

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    OS:

    Windows 95/98/NT4/ME/2000/XP

    Size:

    1.4 MB

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    Typing Tutor is designed to help develop touch typing skills. It uses a series of exercises, which can be customised. Originally designed for use in Schools and colleges it is a developed program which is capable of running on Networks and standalone PC’s

    –32bit.com Typing Tutor is Analytical Eye Technologies first product. It was originally written for use only at Great Sankey High School to replace an old program which was unable to run under Windows 95. Version 1.01 was the first really version, and this was never made public. It was later in versions 1.5 that the product had it’s first public showing. Since then there has been one major update to Typing Tutor, version 1.6.3 is the current version. Since it first release Typing Tutor has amazed me. The program has had close to 100,000 downloads in just over 1 year, and this rate of take up does not seem to be slowing.

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    aTypeTrainer4Mac

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    Mac OS X 10.3.x, 10.4.x (For East languages - Mac OS X 10.4.x)

    Size:

    1.3 MB

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    TypeTrainer4Mac is a multilingual typing tutor for Mac OS X. You have to type a string of random characters. You can select a character set and in this way you can control the learning process. You can also drag-and-drop a text file of your choice or one prepared by yourself as a rich text file. Each session provides its own protocol. You can find it on your desktop in the file TypeTrainer4Mac_Run_Log.rtf.

    (c)softpedia.com review:

    Most typing tutor applications are cute and full of eye candy to appeal to young children. They also have elaborate game-like systems to fool them into thinking they are playing when they are actually learning to type. While all that is great when trying to get your children to learn how to blind type, it is not exactly the kind of thing you would appreciate. While arguably, people either learn to type before a certain age or never bother trying afterwards, preferring to play the letter version of whack a mole with their index finger, there are exceptions out there. If you want a clean, simple typing tutor that simply helps you practice blind typing without any of the bells and whistles, there are not a lot of choices out there.

    Fortunately, while there are not a lot of such programs out there, there are some, such as TypeTrainer4Mac.

    What it does

    TypeTrainer4Mac is a typing tutor, which, like all typing tutors helps you learn how to blind type. It presents you with random strings of characters that you need to type out and keeps track of your mistakes and typing speed.

    From a functional point of view there is a little key difference between this program and others like it… However, from a design point of view, TypeTrainer4Mac is an exception in that it does contain any bloat features or pointless eye candy.

    Learn blind typing

    When I first fired up this program I was a bit disturbed by the random characters string it presented me with. Most other similar programs have built in text that they use as bases for lessons. However, the more I thought about it, the more the TypeTrainer4Mac approach made sense…

    The entire purpose of blind typing is to learn how to type blindly while looking at something else, such as the monitor or books. It is a very robotic thing, and as such, it works on a different principle than handwriting, where you do have to look at what you are writing. This is why using text that makes sense, and can be remembered to any degree is a bad thing. It’s too close to normal writing, and the tendency is to remember the next bit you have to write and look at the keyboard while you are typing it.

    The random text approach is good because the string does not make sense and you get used to simply typing whatever is there, and since you can’t memorize it, there is no incentive to look at the keyboard because it will not make things go any faster. Another big part is how the program does not actually show you any letters on the reference keyboard that is on screen, just the number of the finger you need to use to type that letter.

    Of course, the program also lets you use nay text file as a basis for the lesson so you can practice on actual text once you get the hand of things.

    Make up your own rules

    While TypeTrainer4Mac keeps track of the mistakes you make and insists on those characters in the next string of letters, it also lets you take a freestyle approach to learning how to blind type.

    At any point, you can customize the keys you want to focus on. Pressing the select button will present you with a keyboard layout where you can select the characters you wish to be working on. This is a simple matter of clicking or unclicking the desired keys but can be practical in case you want to do something different than the lessons the developer envisioned would be good for you.

    Keyboard layout savvy

    Regardless of your keyboard language and layout, TypeTrainer4Mac will work for you. It has been tested with almost all of the keyboard layouts supported by Tiger and will work perfectly. All you have to do to work on a certain keyboard layout is to select it from the input menu once in the program.

    It will automatically relaunch itself with the appropriate setting and update both the selection window as well as the generated text strings themselves.

    The Good

    Clean interface design and approach. Lacks all the bloat and focuses on the job exclusively.

    The Bad

    If you are used to other programs you will miss the feedback part of the learning process. While TypeTrainer4Mac does keep track of the mistakes u make and gives the same characters back to you for practice, it does thins in a invisible, behind the scenes way. As such, there is never any real feedback and progress has to be measured by you.

    The Truth

    A good tool for learning how to blind type, with a very different approach of the whole process. Like all things different, it is up to you to decide whether that is good or bad.

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    Bruce’s Unusual Typing Wizard

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    Windows 95/98/XP

    Size:

    0.56 MB

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    Bruce`s Unusual Typing Wizard is a simple application that can help you learn touch typing. It offers 13 typing lessons that gradually introduce you to the keyboard keys, as well as a typing practice mode that measures your typing speed and errors. The program also includes a simple typing game and keeps track of your statistics. ^Top

    Gabe’s TypOmeter

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    OS:

    Windows 95/98/XP

    Size:

    2.5 MB

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    The TypOmeter displays a lot of live information: The speed you are currently typing with; measured both as keypresses pr minute - KPM, and as Words pr minute - WPM. It counts the number of keystrokes, words and mouse clicks pr day, and the total number of keystrokes and mouseclikcs you have performed ever. Finally you get some rough statistics about what kind of keys you have typed

    You can now select from a variety of different skins for your TypOmeter. If you find the default skins boring, you can easily create your own!

    The Type Recorder is a window in the timespace showing the speed you have been typing with the last five minues. From version 2.0, it shows typing speed measured as Keypress pr Minute, and as Word pr Minute. It even shows the average speed you have been typing with for each of the last five minute

    The Key Statistics will show you a lot of useful(?) information about how you utilize each character on your keyboard.

    You will get to know which key you are Pressing most often, which one you are Deleting most frequently, which keys you are having Problems with, and even the Speed of each Key. You will see that some keys are much faster than others. Maybe you should join a Touch Method course to improve the speed of all your keys, and the slow ones in particular?

    The TypOmeter measures which applications you have used, when you used them, how long you used them, and how many mouse clicks and key presses you have given each application.

    In the “Applications…” you get 14 different graphs showing details about the applications you have been using. One of them is a detailed Gantt Diagram showing exactly when you used each application, and it also shows when you have been away from your computer. For each application you have ever used, you will get 7 dedicated statistics for that particular application.

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    Kid’s Typing Skills

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    Windows 95, 98, 2000, Me, NT, XP, Vista

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    2.2 MB)

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    Children’s Educational Software

    KID’S TYPING SKILLS helps you master a skill needed in today’s computer oriented world and the best part - it’s FREE! KID’S TYPING SKILLS will help you learn keyboarding, or typing (as it was called when typewriters were the major method of putting words on paper). You can learn about the keyboard and which finger presses which key. Practice with keyboard drills, character drills, and word drills. Take timed tests to determine and improve your typing speed.

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    Kiran’s Typing Tutor

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    Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP

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    Increased Efficiency

    It is more efficient because the typist uses all fingers instead of just a few fingers. As a result, typing speed will increase dramatically. Increased Effectiveness

    It is more effective because the typist looks at the output on the screen, not the keyboard.

    Less Mental Fatigue

    It is less demanding on the brain because the brain does not need to cope with two issues, that of locating the keys and focusing on the output

    Less Physical Fatigue

    It is also less tiring because it distributes the total load over all fingers. Touch typing, because of its natural and flowing finger movements, results in less stress.

    Less Wear and Tear

    It reduces wear and tear on the few fingers that are constantly being used. The load is spread over many more fingers and thus the risk of Cumulative Trauma Disorder is reduced.

    Features

    Easy to use and effective typing programme

    Basic typing lessons enable beginners to understand Touch typing

    Typing practice in Kiran’s Typing Tutor is much more advanced and scientifically designed

    User friendly and self explanatory designing

    There are more than 500 typing practice lessons and more than 500 testing lessons

    Finger preview feature shows what Finger to struck

    Key preview feature shows what key to be pressed

    Key press feature shows what key we are pressing

    It calculates and shows Accuracy, Word per minute and key per minute after every lesson

    It measures your typing speed, errors for each letter and accuracy and analyses shows as understandable graphs in progress window

    Kids Typing module includes five deferent types of lessons designed for age groups from 4 to 8 years

    Numeric Typing module designed to teach numeric key board

    Typing Games module includes four different type of games designed to learn typing while relaxing

    User friendly help system is available at all the time

    Customizable settings and options are available and supports multiple users.

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    Klavaro Touch Typing Tutor

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    Linux (deb)/Linux (rpm)/Windows

    Size:

    0.68 MB

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    Features of the last release

    The key features are:

    Internationalization: Czech, Dutch, English, Esperanto, French, German (incomplete), Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish. If you want to translate to another language, please read the instructions for translation.

    Ready to use keyboard layouts:

    “qwerty” (BR; BR_abnt2; CZ; EL; ES; HE; IT; PT; SE; TR; UK; US)

    Dvorak (BR; FR; TR; US; US_BR; US_ES; US_SE) “qwertz” (CZ; DE; HU) “azerty” (FR; FR_ibook; BE) “jtsuken” (RU) AlphaGrip5 (US) Keyboard layout editor: makes possible to configure the keys’ positions and to save the result in a simple text file. If your keyboard isn’t shown above, you can create it. If you need to do it, please let us know about.

    Basic course: a basic type of course is available for memorizing the keys positions on the keyboard. It is supposed to be independent from keyboard layout, by the generation of random character sequences to be followed by the student.

    Adaptability exercises: these exercises use all the keys ramdonly, so that you can practice using all the keyboard. It’s named adaptability exercise because it develops the capacity to adapt your typing skills to any kind of strange words that may appear in some texts.

    Velocity exercises: one achieves velocity on typing when the environment is well known, or, when the words come from one’s own language. That’s why these exercises focus on velocity. And even if your language isn’t supported by the application, you still can indicate texts in any language to include the words contained there.

    Fluidness exercises: with these exercises, one works typing complete paragraphs, with good sense sentences. Typing errors aren’t accepted: the user must correct them with the backspace key before be allowed to go on. Especial attention is given to the typing rhythm, which must be as uniform as possible. Just like the velocity exercises, this one here makes possible to load any text files, independently of language.

    Progress charts: at the accomplishment of each exercise, some characteristics of your performance are saved and can be graphically showed. Thus, you can easily observe your learning progress (or regress).

    Including other texts: facilities to import extern text and use then with the advanced modules (velocity / fluidness). You can launch an usual dialog to select a local file of the system; you can paste text already copied to the clipboard; and more, you can select, drag and drop text at the entry box in the bottom of the tutor window. This two last facilities work, for example, with text selected in your browser, from any prefered page of yours.

    Semi-online contest: for the last training module (fluidness), there is a scoring scheme to rank users accordingly to their touch typing skills. The ranking is done only locally, for users in a shared machine, or it may be enabled to send the local data to a web server, where they will be proccessed and a global ranking will be publicly available. This last case can be applied only in Linux based systems (see Requisites). Then the program would be running as a “semi-online” game.

    Clean graphical interface: when learning to type correctly, one must not get the attention off the exercises. So, it isn’t recommended neither to have dozens of gauges measuring velocity, errors, time, etc; nor a virtual keyboard floating in front of the student: he/she must memorize the key positions by the tact, not visually. Hence, Klavaro’s interface started simple and will remain like that for all of its lifetime.

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    KP Typing Tutor

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    OS:

    DOS/Win

    Size:

    2.0 MB

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    KP Typing Tutor will assist you to learn to type through fine-tuned courses and free-style practices. The program is one of the most popular typing tutors since 1995, and have become the top download program of category “Keyboarding Skills” at Tucows.com.

    KP Typing Tutor series

    KP Typing Tutor for Windows (Shareware)

    KP Typing Tutor for DOS (Freeware)

    KP Typing Tutor Net Edition (Shareware)

    KP International Companion (Freeware)

    KP Typing Tutor supports the following languages and keyboard layouts:

    English, UK, Dvorak, Left-handed Dvorak, Right-handed Dvorak

    German, German Dvorak, Portuguese, Russian (Special notice for Cyrillic), Lithuanian. Features:

    Step by step course

    Sentence drills Custom drills Paragraph drills Game Custom layouts Custom courses Support multiple users

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    KTouch

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    Linux

    Size:

    1.0 MB

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    KTouch is a program for learning how to touch-type.

    KTouch is FREE and offers you an easy way to learn to type quickly and correctly on a keyboard. Every finger has its place on the keyboard with associated keys to press. Starting with only a few keys to remember you will advance through different training levels while additional keys are introduced. As a result you will be able to type quickly and accurately. This is because you no longer need to search for the keys on the keyboard and because you will definitely be using more than just two fingers.

    KTouch indicates the keys you need to press and the finger you need to use for that key on the screen. You don’t have to look down on the keyboard to search for the key. You will therefore get used to looking at the screen only and hence learn touch typing much faster.

    Features Here’s a list of the main features of KTouch:

    KTouch supports various keyboard layouts and you can easily add own keyboard layouts

    A number of training lectures are included by default (english, german, french … etc) You can add and modify training lectures using the built-in lecture editor Detailed training statistics help you to find possible typing problems (keys that you typed wrong very often) The program calculates typing speed and your accuracy on-the-fly and displays them while you type Many settings (including the colour scheme of the program) can be modified by the user During training the level can be adjusted automatically according to your typing skill: if you type fast and correctly you will move a level up, otherwise stay in the level or even move down. So you will learn touch typing like playing a game.

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    MaxType LITE

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    Win

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    1.9 MB

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    What is MaxType LITE Typing Tutor?

    MaxType LITE Typing Tutor is a free typing tutor for Windows. This program allows you not only to test and practice your typing skills with any *.txt file, but to print out your test diplomas (statistical data will give you the information about 20 (!) parameters of your typing) and even replay the mtr-record file of your own typing. Built-in Extreme Typing mode allows you to compete in speed of typing against any mtr-record file from your collection. The following functional features are available in Lite Edition:

    “Qwerty”, “Dvorak”, “Azerty” and Russian keyboard layouts support

    Multiple-users interface - accounts can be password-protected. Flexible settings for each user. Measures typing speed in CPS, CPM or WPM Measures typing speed for each hand Generates beautirul report with a lot of statistical data which can be printed as well The following 2 different modes of learning will make the learning process varied and interesting: 1. Extreme Typing mode is an effective means of working on your typing speed. It allows you to compete with an opponent, who can be set according to your typing level, for a typing speed in a chosen text. Another unique feature of this mode is that the record of your own typing (a MTR file) at a wanted replay speed (from 0.1x to 4.0x) can be your opponent.

    2. Typing Test mode gives a possibility of statistical evaluation of your typing according to 20 (!) parameters of any txt-file.

    Files with your lessons recorded will be saved in the history, and will reflect the dynamics of your learning. You can look through any file of your typing record and visually appraise your technique and typing speed from the outside!

    A large set of statistical data will give you the information about 20 (!) parameters of your typing. You will find answers to such interesting questions as: which hand types faster and more accurately, which fingers misprint more often etc.

    The integrated library of texts for typing includes special exercises, lyrics of popular singers, articles, as well as listings in different programming languages to improve skills at touch typing in specialists

    The reference system contains detailed information about the most effective use of functional features of this program.

    Softpedia guarantees that MaxType LITE Typing Tutor is 100% CLEAN, which means is does not contain any form of malware, including but not limited to: spyware, viruses, trojans and backdoors.

    MaxType LITE Typing Tutor is developed as freeware typing tester which helps to advanced typists to test their typing speed and bring it up. For novice typists MaxType PRO Typing Tuor is recommended.

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    N-Type

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    Windows / Linux

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    2.6 MB

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    N-Type is a well-rounded typing tutor for all levels that brings the news to your fingertips every day, making learning to type less of a chore and more informative. In addition, N-Type maps your progress over time so you can see how you’ve improved!

    Development team “Riff-Raph” today released their flagship product, the typing tutor “N-Type”! N-Type promises to relieve the tedium normally associated with typing tutors by downloading the latest news direct from the BBC News website for users to type out - thus combining their daily typing practice with their daily reading of the news. In this way users will stay informed with global and local events, while improving their typing a considerable amount. N-Type even keeps track of your day-by-day typing speed and which articles you’ve read. It also includes multiplayer support for facing off against your friends, an option to add customised news feeds so you get the news you’re interested in, and a training mode which helps you work on your weakest letters.

    N-Type is a typing tutor with a difference, designed to target the flaws in typing software available today. For a tutor program to be effective the user must return to it on a regular basis, but unfortunately most tutor programs are boring and tedious and so this is rarely the case. N-Type addresses these problems with two main features:

    The text you type is interesting and never the same, because N-Type downloads news stories for you to type N-Type will track your progress with many variables and give specific feedback on areas where improvement is needed - thus you will have a quantifiable indicator for your progress. These features make N-Type less of a chore and more an enjoyable daily exercise to catch up with the news and improve your typing skills.

    Features:

    New stories to type everyday Keeps track of which stories you’ve already typed In-depth statistics keep track of your learning Training mode helps you work on your weaknesses Head-to-head multiplayer mode supports up to 10 players

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    Stamina Typing Tutor

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    Windows 95/NT and higher

    Size:

    1.3 MB

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    Amusing, yet multifunctional touch-typing tutor with support for several layouts: QWERTY (US, UK, …), Dvorak, AZERTY etc. The program is perfect for novice as well as advanced users.

    Only in Stamina Typing Tutor besides the traditional finger positioning on the keyboard are you offered an alternative method (to reduce hand stress)!

    After having gone through the fire, water and the course, you will be able to swiftly type away long emails (spam!), efficiently misbehave in chat rooms, ICQ and so on without ever looking at the keyboard. The benefits are obvious!

    Features

    Support for several layouts and languages

    Lessons designed for mastering certain keys Work with real text to achieve unreal speeds Choice of entering text from an external file Lesson editor Precision clock with fine tuning, → precise results Timer… simply a timer Graph of speed changes during a session Progress graphs by days and sessions Statistics: how much has been keyed in (in Kb) and how long it took Illumination of letters and finger work zones on the virtual keyboard Super MP3 sounds and duper songs + a Playlist Support for several users User-friendly thought out interface Customizable appearance Detailed help with a logic game

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    TypeFaster Typing Tutor

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    Windows

    Size:

    1.81 MB

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    About TypeFaster

    This free typing tutor teaches you how to touch-type. Once you can touch-type you will not need to look at the keyboard to find the letters you want to type. The program comes in three versions: Standard, Accessible and Spanish. Use the menu on the left to navigate to the version you are interested in. Free download of the fully functional standard version typing tutor at the bottom of this page.

    Standard Version Features

    Supports multiple keyboard layouts and more can be added easily (see the developers section). Includes support for non-rectangular keys. The following keyboard layouts are currently supported:

    Danish Finnish French French-Belgian German Hebrew (no lesson files) Italian Norwegian Numeric Keypad Portuguese Spanish UK-English US-Dvorak US-English A clear indication of which fingers to use. This is the essence of touchtyping. A 3D typing game. Typing statistics and the option of practising the least accurate/slowest/custom keys. Keyboard is not a fixed size (resolution independent). Multi-user support. Teacher support (view student statistics). Interface for editing lesson files and game settings. Backspace support Right to left text support. Variable text size. Lesson files can be prose or poems. Lesson progress indicator. Completely free with full source code availability.

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    TypingMaster Typing Test

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    Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003

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    1.7 MB

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    Typing Test is a free, full-featured typing tester for Windows. After warming up with enjoyable typing games, you can evaluate your typing skills with any of the several test texts, or add your own. You can also view your personal test result history and print out test diplomas. Program has multiuser support and four games. In addition this package contains several features of TypingMaster Pro typing tutor such as the touch typing course (3 free lessons) and a full Numeric Keypad course.

    Test Your Typing Skills

    TypingMaster Typing Test is a free, full-featured typing tester for Windows.

    After warming up with the fun typing games you can evaluate your typing skills with any of the several test texts - or add your own text. You can also view test result history and print out typing certificates.

    Features

    Custom text support

    Multi-user support Warm-up games Personal result history Printable typing certificates

    If you’re looking to boost your typing speed and accuracy, TypingMaster Typing Test can provide the repetitive practice you need. Just don’t expect this freeware program to give you any coaching. In a typical session, you might start with the rudimentary (and rather dull) warm-up games and move on from there to the full-blown typing tests. TypingMaster offers only one kind of testing method–retyping a set text–though you can break up the monotony by supplying your own TXT files. The program can store results for several users and track their progress over several tests. At the end of each test, the program gives a brief performance evaluation, though we wish it also gave custom-tailored advice based on our typing patterns. Unfortunately, that feature is restricted to the for-pay version. In sum, TypingMaster Typing Test offers nothing to distinguish it from countless similar titles, and earns only a lukewarm recommendation from us.

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    1A-touch-type

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    Windows / Mac / Linux with standard browser from version 4.0 upwards

    Size:

    4.9 MB

    License:

    Shareware € 22.00; $ 29.00

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    Learn touch typing with this interactive typing course.

    Executable in every browser, this application keeps track of key-strikes per minute, and errors.

    Can be run in each type of browser

    Time control: how many touches can I manage per minute? Free choice of lessons for targeted repetition Error statistics: which exercises did I go through and with how much success? German, English, French, Italian and Spanish keyboards Can be run without installation Complete in English

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    Active Typing

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    Windows 98/ME/NT4/2000/XP/Vista

    Internet Explorer 5.5 or newer

    Size:

    2.1 MB

    License:

    Shareware $9.90

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    Active Typing Tutor - the Best Way to Touch Typing!

    Use your keyboard faster than you ever imagined! With Active Typing Tutor for Windows touch typing tutor you will learn to type many times faster without typing errors.

    Active Typing Tutor contains a complete touch typing course with 14 chapters. In addition it has fun typing games, smart review wizard and progress graphs. Download a free demo to try it out!

    Outstanding Features

    Complete touch typing course with 14 chapters

    Additional numpad course Three fun typing games Smart review wizard that detects your problem keys Graphical progress statistics Adjust the duration of the chapters Printable progress report Story typing to test your real typing speed Unlimited number of users

    Learn touch typing in a fast and fun way with Active Typing Tutor!

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    Animated Beginning Typing

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    Win

    Size:

    1.0 MB

    License:

    Shareware $14.00

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    This program is designed for young typists (grades Pre-K to 3rd), and teaches proper typing technique for the letter keys. Sound effects and animation are used to make learning to type fun (and funny). Help is given with an animated typing tutorial, a screen to show proper fingering, and an on-screen keyboard which highlights the correct key when needed.

    Because of the program’s design - no arcade distractions (unless selected) and only one element presented at a time - it is a good choice for beginning typists or children with dysgraphia or other special learning needs.

    There are three lessons in the program to provide typing practice. “Jumping Letters” is designed for very young students, and can be played at any pace. Each correctly typed letter is rewarded with the letter being removed by an animated “critter” chosen by the pupil. When 10 letters are completed (context-sensitive help insures success), the child gets a silly cartoon.

    “Letter Drill” allows students to choose between 20 and 120 letters to practice. A report is generated at the end of the practice showing words per minute, errors, and time. The last letter in the sequence is removed in a silly way by a “critter”, then the pupil is rewarded with a cartoon.

    “Flying Letters” is an arcade style typing game for advanced students. The speed of the game is determined by the player (and can be changed at any time during the game). A report is generated at the end of the game, and a funny animation is displayed.

    All three games allow the student to choose a group of letters (such as left hand home keys), or to practice all 26 letters. The animation in the program is achieved using stop-motion animation, as well as other techniques.

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    Captain Keyboard Typing Tutor

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    OS:

    Windows OS, Direct X required

    Size:

    7.5 MB

    License:

    Shareware $29.95

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    Do you type papers for school? Do you prepare reports for work? Or do you just send emails to friends and family? Improve your typing skills and save time, eliminate the frustration of constant corrections and improve your presentation of documents. Captain Keyboard will easily and quickly teach children and adults to master the keyboard. And you will have fun while learning! Captain Keyboard teaches typing in an action packed “space invaders” game environment. If you are a beginner or if you just want to improve accuracy and speed, Captain Keyboard makes learning to type fun for everyone in the family. The special Hall of Champions feature increases the fun by allowing you to record your scores and track your progress or compare to other champions.

    All teachers know: Time on Task = Task Mastery!

    1. Quick

    2. Easy to Learn 3. Exciting 4. Uses standardized and Dolch word lists that are typical in most curriculums. 5. Custom word list option for learning, spelling and vocabulary lists. Excellent feature for learning disabled student. 6. Excellent program if you are learning English as a new language. You can practice typing in a language that is familiar and comfortable. 7. Fantastic immersion experience for English speaker learning Spanish, French or Italian. An excellent program if you are learning English as a new language. You can practice typing in a language that is familiar and comfortable.

    If English is your native language and you are learning Spanish, French, or Italian, Captain Keyboard is a fantastic immersion experience that will enhance your language skills as well as your skills on the keyboard.

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    Cowboy with Keyboard

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    Windows 98/ME/NT4/2000/XP/2003/2008/Vista

    Size:

    2.4 MB

    License:

    Shareware $19.00

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    Cowboy With Keyboard is not just another keyboard training program, it’s a game…

    This program will teach you how to touch type. The learning process carries you away in no time. If you like computer games, you will like this program. During the game, you will see none of those annoying popup messages about the wrong keys pressed. You will subconsciously try to type right. Children are sure to like the game as well.

    Main Cowboy with Keyboard advantages:

    This program does not look like other programs of this kind

    The intuitive interface is based on a game engine The learning process is based on your subconsciousness The program is good for training children It is possible to create several player profiles Configurable difficulty levels Free technical support.

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    Elite Typing

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    Win?

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    5.9 MB

    License:

    Shareware $19.00

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    EliteTyping® is an AWARD-WINNING touch typing tutor software which teaches you touch typing in an easy, effective and amusing way.

    It saves a HUGE amount of hours trying to learn touch typing, and it is suitable for both adults and children. EliteTyping® is a MUST HAVE tool for anyone who wishes to learn how to type quickly and effectively or just trying to improve his/her typing skills. It enables you to advance step by step according to your own personal pace, you are also offered a variety of exercises of different categories and also the opportunity of creating your own practices. EliteTyping® offers a report about all the user’s drills and their scores, and also a typing errors report, about all the user’s typing errors in each key. Moreover extensive graphing capabilities can show your typing progress in many different 3D graphs. EliteTyping® makes the learning process of touch typing amusing and enjoyable thus not damaging the effectiveness of learning. It Includes a full graphical user interface which is very intuitive and simple to operate. Highlights: Supports multiple users. Full graphical user interface which is very intuitive and simple to operate. 30 comprehensive keyboard lessons, for typists and computer users. Comprehensive keypad lessons for cashiers, accountants and intensive numeric keypad users. Each lesson practice includes single letters, words and full sentences drills. An option to create lessons based on the user problematic characters. The ability of choosing your skills improvement, which refers to accuracy or speed. The user can get a report about all his/her drills and their scores. The ability to practice free touch typing for maintaining and improving typing skills. Detailed suggestions with ergonomic techniques on how to type the right way. Each lesson includes a practice mode to improve acquired skills. Comprehensive practice sessions. An option of creating your own desired practice. The ability of using standard/transcribe typing practice. The user gets a report about all his/her typing errors in each key. You are the one who determines the level of the lesson. Progress data is saved for each individual user, and 3D graphs and improvement statistics are displayed. Extensive use of multimedia techniques to improve learning process effectiveness.

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    GS Typing Tutor

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    OS:

    Win 98/ME/NT/2000/XP/Vista

    Size:

    1.9 MB

    License:

    Shareware $29.95

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    › Easy to use and effective typing programme. Basic typing lessons enable beginners to understand Touch typing

    › Typing practice in Kiran’s Typing Tutor is much more advanced and scientifically designed

    › User friendly and self explanatory designing

    › There are more than 500 typing practice lessons and more than 500 testing lessons

    › Finger preview feature shows what Finger to struck

    › Key preview feature shows what key to be pressed

    › Key press feature shows what key we are pressing

    › It calculates and shows Accuracy, Word per minute and key per minute after every lesson

    › It measures your typing speed, errors for each letter and accuracy and analyses shows as understandable graphs in progress window

    › Kids Typing module includes five deferent types of lessons designed for age groups from 4 to 8 years

    › Numeric Typing module designed to teach numeric key board

    › Typing Games module includes four different type of games designed to learn typing while relaxing

    › User friendly help system is available at all the time

    › Customizable settings and options are available and supports multiple users

    GS Typing Tutor, an educational typing tutor, is a powerful and rich features typing software committed to bringing you high quality, fun and interactive touch typing games, touch typing lessons, and touch typing tests. Our interactive, multiform typing tutor software uses a revolutionary scientific method to show you how to learn to type quickly without “hunt and peck” drill typing. Whether you are a typing expert or just a beginner, the interactive exercises in the typing tutor can adjust to your typing skill, and guide you to learn to touch type without hours of tedious training.

    Features

    GS Typing Tutor is a powerful and rich features typing tutor & test software. It is an ideal teaching tool for learning to type and developing typing speed. It is geared towards kids ages 9 to adult.

    Easy of use The user-inteface is shockingly easy to use, no technical knowledge is required, all you need to do is using the mouse to point and click. Complete lessons Including three courses, the basic course will help you learn base keys in the keyboard, the special marks course will help you become a fluent typist. If you are a cashier, accountant or intensive numeric keypad user, the numeric keypad course can help you improve speed. Professional typing speed test GS Typing Tutor offers three kinds of typing tests, General Typing Test, Original Copy Test, and Type at Will. The program also allows you to add your own text files as the test text. Includes 5 typing-based games There are five typing-based games in the program. Learning process is amusing and effective. Supports 28+ keyboard layouts GS Typing Tutor supports a variety of keyboard layouts, English US, English UK, English International, US Dvorak, US Dvorak Right hand, US Dvorak Left hand, Belgian, Canadian Multilingual, Danish, Dutch, English British, Finnish, French, French Canadian, Swiss French, German, Swiss German, Icelandic, Irish, Italian, Latin American, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish-F, Turkish-Q. Croatian, Hungarian, Arabic 101, Arabic 102.

    Powerful and complete statistics

    The program continually collects the information throughout the process of practice and test, and generates reports and curves to tell you how your development of the performance is. As well as, it analyzes which keys are difficult to you, so that you could customize a special practice to fine-tune your skills.

    Highly customizable GS Typing Tutor enables you to change the user interface’s color, on/off the sound, duration and a lot of options to meet your condition. Supports multiple users Multiple people can use GS Typing Tutor on one computer, each user has their own account file in which the user’s preference and other information are stored.

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    Homemade Typing

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    OS:

    Windows

    Size:

    2.7 MB

    License:

    Shareware $1.6

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    Typing Game Section

    Type the characters appearing on the aliens falling from the sky, before they reach the bottom. As soon as you type a character that appears on an alien it is deleted from the alien. The rest of the characters on the alien turn red, letting you know it is selected. Type all the characters off an alien, and it will be obliterated from the screen. Little breaks here and there throughout the exercises display your accuracy and words per minute. Make it through the whole exercise, and receive a gratifying applause. Complete a home key exercises in the game, and the next exercise is automatically loaded. Just keep going until you have done all the home key exercises, or stop by hitting the Esc button. There are 9 Key Learning exercises. They automatically load in order as you type them. There is All Kinds of Animals, Presidents of the United States, Number Pad, and a Random Never Ending exercise, for you to type too.

    Choose from three speeds to play the game: Beginner, Fast, or Expert. Just click the speed you want before choosing the exercise. You can also choose from three backdrops while playing the typing game. Click your choice before you choose the exercise.

    Use the Random Never Ending Exercise. Random words and characters appear on the aliens for you to type. They cover the whole alphanumerical keyboard plus punctuation symbols. You never run out of typing material. You’ll have to hit the Esc button to stop.

    Text From Screen Section

    Test your typing speed, accuracy, and learn to touch type. With large easy to read 24 pixel text, Homemade Typing gives you instant feedback on your typing speed, accuracy, correct characters typed, incorrect characters typed, and time spent typing. If you type an incorrect character, you’ll hear the wrong key buzzer. The wrong key buzzer teaches you to type accurately by instantly letting you know when you’ve hit a wrong key.

    Lessons

    In the Text From Screen section there are 6 home key exercises, that cover all the alphabetical, number and punctuation keys. I have the lessons arranged so you learn the home keys first, by typing each key 25 times or more. A new key is added to the exercise after a set of keys has been typed the 25 times. Previously typed keys are arranged into different words, sequences, and mixed with new keys, reinforcing keys that have already been learned. Just do the exercises in order. To break up the key learning lessons, and type something more interesting, choose a story, do the number pad exercise, or go to the game section. Make it through all the home key exercises, and see your final scores and hear the gratifying applause.

    ICanType Deluxe!

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    Windows 95/98/ME/XP/NT 4.x/2000

    Size:

    1.2 MB

    License:

    Shareware $14.95

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    Have you ever heard about ‘Blind Typing’? ICanType! Deluxe is your way to learn blind typing method. You will type texts uisng the keyboard as well as a musician plays the piano. ICanType! Deluxe is a personal typing teacher, characterised by beautiful design, allows you to improve your typing skills.

    Every day you operate with a computer. You surf web pages, send emails to your friends, chat with somebody, you fill in forms, type letters, print texts and make offers for your partners. Recall, how much time do you spend to type a paragraph? 5 minutes, 10 minutes, more..? Do you have your personal receptionist to type your texts? Don’t spend your time and money! There is a great way to boost your Typing Speed right now! ICanType! Deluxe is your personal high-speed Typing Teacher. You will boost your typing speed up to 200 chars per minute. This is unbelievably, but this is a fact! Have you ever heard about ‘Blind Typing’? ICanType! Deluxe is your way to learn blind typing method. You will type texts uisng the keyboard as well as a musician plays the piano. This is the way to save much of your working time and to make your friends surprised! ICanType! Deluxe is a 32-bit application, characterised by beautiful design, allows you to improve your typing skills. This course consists of 5 exercises. You’ll learn Touch Typing from the “beginner” to the “advanced” level.

    Keyboard Master

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    Win Works with Vista

    Size:

    7.1 MB

    License:

    Shareware $19.98

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    Keyboard Master will teach you touch-typing quickly in a completely new way.

    Instead of doing boring and monotonous drills, you will learn or improve touch-typing quickly while playing attractive typing games with the same or even better result.

    Ideal for both adults and children!

    In a few weeks time, even if you do nothing more than play our games regularly, you will be able to type quickly without errors, and without looking at the keyboard. And this skill of touch-typing will be yours forever!

    Depending on your preferences, you can learn by following one of the ready-made course scenarios included in the program, or choose exercises and games individually.

    We advise to start with a short (3-5 minute) introductory exercise for each letter and then move to games to build your skills, but you can omit them altogether moving directly to games.

    The courses are longer or shorter, both for beginners or advanced users. You can choose whether material is introduced more quickly or more slowly. You can also choose whether you want to learn the whole keyboard or only the part you use most often.

    You can also take an exam and print a virtual certificate when completing the course.

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    Laser Typing

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    Windows XP, Vista; MacOS X

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    ??? MB

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    Shareware $???

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    LaserTyping is a revolutionary typing tutor which teaches you how to touch type in a fun new way using a color-coded keyboard and an interactive typing game - in full stereo sound!

    It uses a unique, patented method of progressive instantaneous instruction to teach you how to type. It’s ideal for the classroom, self-teaching or home schooling.

    English keyboard, English language, 196 lessons - standard English and selections from the King James Bible, color-coded, STEREO! Yes..cues for letters are not only visual but audial. If the letter is to be typed by the left hand and you can’t remember, the sound reminding you where it is comes from the left speaker - in addition to the screen reminders.

    If you are a hunt-and-peck typist the fastest you’ll ever be able to type will probably be about 34 words-per-minute. If you look at the screen while you type, which causes you to visually error check, the limit is about 65 words-per-minute. However, once you have finished this program, if you continue to practice looking at the page to be copied without checking for and correcting errors you’ll be able to type as fast as you’re ‘internally wired.’

    Some thoughts on breaking the hunt and peck habit using LaserTyping:

    • Position the keyboard at an angle of thirty degrees to the computer - either to the left or the right, it doesn’t make any difference. That makes it harder to “cheat” when learning. Looking down at the keys lets your eyes lead your fingers to the keys and it is very difficult to type much faster than thirty words-per-minute doing that. However, if you don’t look at the keys the sky’s the limit.

    • Unlike many other programs, LaserTyping does not “penalize” you for mistakes. It never says how many mistakes you’ve made, it only tells you how well you’ve done. When you mistype a letter, the program momentarily interrupts the practice flow to teach you the unknown letter then resumes. LaserTyping transitions seamlessly between typing teacher to typing practice. • LaserTyping lets you switch between lessons and difficulty at any time; it’s your choice. We recommend, however, that you only move on to the next lesson when your speed has reached at about twenty words-per-minute. • LaserTyping lets you succeed in learning how to type. One elementary school in Colorado had 85% of third graders typing 30 words-per-minute in 15 hours of practice

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    Letter Chase Typing Tutor

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    OS:

    Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP

    Size:

    1.5 MB

    License:

    Shareware (Up to 30 users $65.00)

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    Letter Chase Typing Tutor for Windows is a complete typing program for all levels. Letter Chase touch typing software runs on all versions of Windows and works on a network. With Letter Chase Typing Tutor, it has never been easier to learn to type! Beginners to touch typing are guided by animated hands to learn the keys. Even young kids can learn the keyboard with Letter Chase Typing Tutor, making it ideal for schools and educational institutions (many elementary and high schools are Letter Chase users), as well as corporate training (keypad training included with the program). Experts learn how to become masters of touch typing with our course. Home computer users also benefit from learning the touch type method. No more hunt and peck, two finger typing. Within days you can memorize the qwerty keyboard and go on to developing speed. Letter Chase is a master at teaching speed typing. Two unique lessons will have you up to speed faster than any of the other typing courses, and with greater accuracy. We call them “Word Sweep” and “Letter Chase.”

    Letter Chase Typing Tutor Features

    All immediate family members can use Letter Chase typing tutor and print and save to file charts of their progress. Charts will automatically be saved with the present user name and the date included in the chart title. 11 Lessons will take you step by step to learn to type. Animated hands will guide you so you will not have to look at your keyboard. Making Letter Chase suitable for schools with young students. In the Beginners drills, transparent, animated hands will also guide you from home row to the letter to type. This will help you pick up on the direction and distance of the keys from the home row position. An Intermediate Section is included. With it you can practice words with commonly used letter combinations (ing, qu, ion, etc.). You can instantly pick the combination you want by clicking a speed button. The file will automatically go to the place you choose. Also, you can practice phrases or simple sentences. The animated hands are still used in the intermediate section. The Advanced Section allows you to practice with four lines. Your practice will be more realistic and a more accurate WPM score can be calculated, as will the speed tests. The Letter Chase section is unique to computer typing tutorials. The letters appear at an adjustable WPM rate of speed. The challenge is to set it slightly faster than you can normally type and then try to catch up. The speed adjuster can adjust to any WPM rate you want regardless of the speed of your computer. Another unique feature called “Word Sweep” places words on the screen for a limited amount of time (this is adjustable). The purpose is to teach you how to type the most commonly used words in the English language as quickly as possible. Speed tests are provided so you can monitor your touch typing progress.

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    Master Key

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    Win 2000/XP/Vista; Mac OS X 10.3+

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    5.4 MB

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    Shareware $20

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    Can shareware be better than commercial?

    Absolutely! Master Key is the most versatile typing tutor on any platform because we’ve worked with customers at home and in schools over 7 years. Kept completely modern, Master Key uses the standard interface respective to Mac or Windows so it never looks like a port or afterthought on one platform.

    Learn to type on a new keyboard such as QWERTY or Dvorak or improve your typing skills using our drills or any plain text files. Tracking mastery progress and playing the ParaTyper game keeps any user interested in progressing their typing skills well past 40 words per minute.

    Key Advantages

    Standard OS interface respective of Mac and Windows Drill Editor to create your own drills based on your own key vocabulary ParaTyper typing game Pausible drills so you can answer the phone, take another sip of coffee, or just scratch your nose Type a book’s worth. Paginates large text files, ebooks (Project Gutenberg) Allows corrections to the previous line Type in 12 or 24 point type Try it anonymously as long as you like

    Other Key Features

    Comprehensive individual statistics and history Timed or text-length drills Mastery goal for speed and accuracy with certificate print-out Dvorak, AZERTY and QWERTZ keyboarding support and drills Support for most Roman-based languages with your own text files as drills Optional audio feedback with actual typewriter audio Key Advantages for Schools The software is maintained and updated without need for repurchase You can test Network Mode before purchasing Network data can be shared by both Macs and PCs with the most options for networking of any typing program Uses the network efficiently by only storing dynamic information on it Class Editor to change settings for groups Class Reports exporting and printing Optional two-tier password system Optional restrictions on pupil activities Preferences can be centrally controlled or templated for user control Quick fulfillment on purchase orders Prompt technical support by email Master Key Groups and Users can be created quickly with Passenger

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    MaxType Pro

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    Windows 95/98/ME, NT/2000/XP/Vista

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    2.59 MB

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    Shareware $19,95

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    What is MaxType PRO Typing Tutor? Typing Tutor

    This powerful typing tutor will help you improve your typing substantially whether you are a novice or a seasoned professional. MaxType PRO has a lot of functions that will satisfy your changing needs as your skills and speed improve.

    MaxType PRO can help you become more productive with your PC and use your time more effectively. Irrespective of your age, your education, your computer expertise, or how much free time your have, you will improve and be able to utilize your new typing skills in your everyday work! The following functional features are available in Professional Edition:

    Typing Tutor

    “US \ UK Qwerty”, “Dvorak”, “Azerty”, German and russian “ЙЦУКЕН” keyboard layouts support Multiple-users interface - accounts can be password-protected. Flexible settings for each user. Measures typing speed in CPS, CPM or WPM Measures typing speed for each hand Generates beautirul reports for each typing mode with a lot of statistical data which can be printed Supports all Windows operating systems starting from Windows 95! Runs perfectly in Windows Vista. The following 6 different modes of learning will make the learning process varied and interesting: 1. The Lesson Mode is the base for the training course. You will have to learn 21 lessons step by step, each consisting of four parts: INFORMATION, ADAPTATION, IMPROVISATION and REALIZATION. A grade given on a 100-point scale at the end of the lesson will stimulate you to improve your skills. 2. The Problem Symbols Mode allows generating a random exercise with a desired concentration of symbols which are troublesome for you and decrease the accuracy considerably. You have a possibility to convert your demerits into merits! 3. The Extreme Typing mode is an effective means of working on your typing speed. It allows you to compete with an opponent, who can be set according to your typing level, for a typing speed in a chosen text. Another unique feature of this mode is that the record of your own typing (a MTR file) at a wanted replay speed (from 0.1x to 4.0x) can be your opponent.

    4. The Typing Test mode gives a possibility of statistical evaluation of your typing according to 20 (!) parameters of any txt-file.

    5. The Exam Mode will be a real trial when mastering a touch typing technique. It allows passing one of four Tests in extreme and accurate use of the touch typing technique in an appropriate row of the keyboard. Your diligence and persistence will be appreciated at their true worth and deserve medals of highest order! 6. The Network Challenge Mode provides you unique possibility to compete in speed of typing with any user in local network on any TXT file. You and your opponent will type the same text simultaneously, the only thing is to finish typing earlier than your opponent. This typing mode reminds Extreme Typing mode where your opponent is a real man. The integrated system of recommendations will give you recommendations concerning further training according to the results of your typing after you have completed typing in modes 1,2,3. MaxType PRO Typing Tutor will develop a training program especially for you!

    The information panel allows you to control the process of keyboard learning: input the number of hours per week you are going to spend on learning, and the program will survey the accomplishment of the schedule fixed.

    Daily and weekly reports on work done will shatter your illusions and reflect your real progress within the past period.

    Files with your lessons recorded will be saved in the history, and will reflect the dynamics of your learning. You can look through any file of your typing record and visually appraise your technique and typing speed from the outside!

    A large set of statistical data will give you the information about 20 (!) parameters of your typing. You will find answers to such interesting questions as: which hand types faster and more accurately, which fingers misprint more often etc.

    The integrated library of texts for typing includes special exercises, lyrics of popular singers, articles, as well as listings in different programming languages to improve skills at touch typing in specialists

    The reference system contains detailed information about the most effective use of functional features of this program.

    MaxType PRO Typing Tutor is the shortest way to learn a professional touch-typing technique. This is a chance to develop your skills of touch typing up to the professional level in minimal time.

    You will not regret choosing MaxType PRO Typing Tutor!

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    Miracle Type

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    Windows 98, 2000, XP, Vista

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    24 MB

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    Shareware $19,99

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    Both the downloadable and Internet versions of Miracle Type include all the key features necessary to get you Touch Tying in the shortest possible time.

    You will benefit from the same superb ergonomics and proven learning method regardless of which version you choose. Imagine being able to type all your documents in less than half the time it currently takes you.

    Miracle Type Features Download Internet

    Tips on technique and posture

    Advice on how to prevent RSI

    Superb learn to touch type in one hour method

    Memory Test

    16 Alphabet Key Drills

    Sentence Drills

    Learn to type all the numbers and symbols

    12 Number and Symbol Drills

    12 Number and Symbol Drills

    12 Speed Tests

    Speed Builder

    Speed Test result viewer

    Learn to Touch Type with the Numeric Keypad

    Error Key Analysis

    Automatic Section Resume

    Section Map

    Section Overview

    Voice Instruction

    Supports US and UK English Keyboard Layout

    Help Menu

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    Professor PC

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    Windows 98 or superior

    Size:

    3.75 MB

    License:

    Shareware $9.95

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    Product Details

    Complete and fully interactive typing tutor, enabling you to learn and develop a fast and correct typing skill using your own computer in a practical and fun way (typing games included)!

    Obtain impressive results! Professor PC Typing-Tutor was developed based on the need of those who want to improve their typing speed. It has an extremelly easy setup and usage.

    Beginners: An excellent an fast learning oportunity without hassle !

    Intermediate: A great way to improve your skills! Advanced: A good way to genualy check and re-evaluate your typing skills.

    The Professor PC Typing-Tutor is divided into 6 chapters and 32 different exercises! With hint windows for the various keyboard functions !

    You won’t need to type by looking at the keyboard anymore. With PC Professor Typing-Tutor, in no time you’ll be able to do the so called “Touch Typing”, having the ability to type full texts without ever looking at the keyboard !

    The Professor PC Typing-Tutor is very efficient, possessing resources such as:

    Student performance statistics; Control over the lesson durations (short/ medium/ long); Individual student history reports; Control music and sound effects in games and exercises; Reports with speed, precision and problematic keys; Characters per minute (CPM) evaluation.

    Learn to type correctly in order to avoid “RSI” (Repetitive Strain Injury)

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    Solo on the keyboard

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    MS Windows NT/2000/XP 95/98/ME

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    2,6 MB

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    Shareware $15

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    Say YES! to accurate typing—YESolo on the Keyboard

    Touch typing develops:

    fast typing speed;

    accuracy; healthy keyboarding habits without eye strain, and if properly practiced, without RSI (repetitive strain injury); enjoying of the process instead of hating it.

    There are many paths to touch typing. We can offer you a challenging, psychologically correct and enjoyable way to develop effective and fast typing skills—the typing tutor YESolo on the Keyboard.

    This course is a fruit of detailed experimental research done by Dr. Vladimir Shahidzhanjan, a psychologist and a journalist.

    We initially focus on accuracy and comfort more than speed because speed will come by itself after completing the well-designed tasks of the course.

    Through 30 hours of enjoyable keyboarding, you will learn to touch type in English (QWERTY) fast and effortlessly. 40 typing sessions are free for downloading and full-scale learning.

    We guarantee you will succeed if…

    you follow the instructions closely;

    you learn to place the hands correctly (a free video clip is available); you complete the full course; you enjoy what you are doing. Is all of this possible? Our answer is YES!

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    Super Typing Wizard

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    Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000 XP

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    2,6 MB

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    Shareware $19.95

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    Typing Well Isn’t Magic And Anyone Can Learn!

    Step By Step Instruction

    Super Typing Wizard introduces the keyboard starting with what is known as the home row - the keys your fingers rest on in the middle of the keyboard. Each key is introduced in a way that makes it easier for you to remember and practice the correct motion. With each exercise, you will get a picture of how your hands should be placed. It’s okay if all this is new to you because our wizards will walk you through it.

    The first several exercises teach you which fingers are for striking which keys and helps to build your accuracy and speed gradually. You are encouraged to repeat exercises to get comfortable with the keyboard before moving on to actual sentences. Instructional tips are provided to help with your posture and keyboarding skill.

    Reports To Track Your Progress

    You can always view your progress through the handy reports the program provides. As you improve you can save your scores to track how many errors you’re making and how many words per minute you are typing. The reports can also be printed for classroom situations or if you want to keep notes as you go.

    Serious Typing Mixed With A Little Fun

    The initial exercises are designed to provide the instruction and practice you need to learn the keyboard and develop your typing skills. Later exercises focus on topics to make things more interesting as you increase your speed and accuracy. We encourage you to then create your own exercises. You can use passages from a book or the lyrics of a song just for fun. Or you can use words and phrases from a particular industry like the medical industry, computers/software or legal

    Our Top Five Typing Tips

    Practice, Practice, Practice

    We all know that practice is one of the keys to learning any new skill and typing is no different. We recommend you practice your typing for a certain amount of time for a certain number of days each week to get the best results. It is better to practice for 15 minutes 3 days a week than it is to practice for 2 hours one day and not touch the keyboard again for 2 weeks.

    F is for Focus

    There are many things to focus on when typing. When you begin, focus on striking each key with the correct finger (even if it doesn’t feel right at first). Also focus on the copy (what you are typing) rather than on the keyboard or the computer screen. Try saying each letter prior to typing it to help you focus.

    Sit Up Straight

    As we mentioned, there are a lot of things to focus on. You don’t want bad posture distracting you. Sit up straight with your feet on the floor. Be comfortable yet firm. Your forearms should be parallel to the floor. After you’re typing like a wiz, you can put your feet up and put the keyboard in your lap.

    Rhythm and Melody

    Okay we’re not sure about melody but you might enjoy a little music while you type. In any case, try to develop a rhythmwith your typing. Your keys should be flowing consistently rather than in starts and stops (or spurts).

    Take a Break

    Learning is supposed to be fun. If you get tired, that’s okay. Take a short break. You don’t have to practice for hours - short sessions on a regular basis are just as good. Don’t fall into the typing trap of getting tired then making mistakes and getting frustrated.

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    Ten Thumbs Typing Tutor

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    Win Mac Linux

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    12 MB

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    Shareware $16.95

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    LINK (Win)

    Learn to type, the fun way.

    Typing is an essential skill. For the price of one takeout pizza you could:

    Double your productivity at work or school

    Increase your employment opportunities Reduce the strain of using your computer Ten Thumbs is the easy and fun way to get typing. Learn the proper way to type without looking at the keys. Our unique personal trainer approach adapts to you, teaching the best habits from day one. Ten Thumbs is engaging for children and yet simple enough for adults! Plus, its the only program that lets you learn by typing the lyrics to your favorite iTunes.

    Features:

    Mac Leopard and Windows Vista support

    The only program that shows you the 5 Habits of Highly Effective Touch Typing Two fun addictive games The only program to feature a friendly Typing Viking Multiple languages and keyboards The only program that lets you type your favorite lyrics with iTunes Dozens of other features

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    Touch Typing Technology

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    Win

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    23 MB

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    Shareware $26

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    Did You Know?

    The most amazing fact is that with all of the billions of people using a standard keyboard only a very small percentage of them can touch type! Think are you one of them? It is no secret that we are living in a computer-dependent world. And now typing skills have become more important than ever before. It’s no longer enough to be an average typist; the businessman or woman needs to be able to take dictation, type flawlessly, and do it all at high speed!

    Do You Want To Improve Your Typing Skills?

    If you answer yes… please read on.

    Touch Typing Technology is an effective way to improve your typing skills. It is using all ten fingers to type without looking at the keyboard. It means that you can type and read at the same time. If you are copying a document, filling a form or just writing something, you can do it faster and more efficiently.

    “Can You Show Me Some Advantages of Touch Typing?”

    The advantages of touch typing are numerous which includes:

    You will no longer have to use the “hunt-and-peck” style of typing – you’ll just know automatically where the keys are located.

    Increased typing speed which lets you complete your tasks more quickly.

    Increased typing accuracy which cuts down on proof reading time

    Muscle and tendon injury decrease because using your entire fingers load balances the work.

    Eyestrain is reduced because you do not need to constantly refocus your eyes by constantly shifting your gaze from the keyboard to the screen of the document you are copying.

    You’ll also be much more confident in your abilities as you practice.

    It can help you get the skills you need to create your own part time job.

    Touch Typing Tutor

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    Windows 3.11, 95, 98, 2000, Me, XP NT4

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    17 MB

    License:

    Shareware $14.95

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    Touch Typing Tutor - What can it do for me? Learn to type and increase your typing speed immediately!!! If you have ever dreamt about typing without looking down at your keyboard, Touch Tutor Typing Now! is the perfect solution for you. Highly-acclaimed, this typing software is a fun interactive guide that will help you through the painstaking process of learning to type professionally - super-fast.

    Learn to type using Touch Tutor Typing Now! and in just a few hours you will be able to:

    - Learn to Type at the same speed that you read. - Learn to Type professionally without looking down at your keyboard ever again. - Learn to Type while concentrating on the documents content and not on the process of typing. - Respond to more emails in a shorter time. - Get more work completed. - Visit more chat rooms and contribute to the discussions. - Become an international speed typist. Also, your unbelievable typing software comes with the followingfeatures, all designed to help you learn to type: - Interactive Video based Training - Deluxe Edition only - 3-D On-Screen Keyboard - variety of keyboard styles - Quick & Easy Learning - 19 lessons from home keys to advanced keyboarding - On-Line Practice via the Internet with other touch type learners - Typing Speed Testing - Typing Accuracy Testing - Improve your Typing through games - Use inbuilt or custom speed and accuracy tests - Multiple learner profiles, password protection on login - History, speed & accuracy recording and printouts

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    Turbo Keyboard

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    DOS

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    1.85 MB

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    Shareware $7.85

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    TurboTyping Reviewer’s Comments

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    Speed Reading Software Typing for Kids Software Vocabulary Software See a list of our 170+ review sites in software web services and electronics Turbo Typing from IMSI is inexpensive, easy-to-use typing software that has a decent set of features, but lacks the support needed to be truly useful.

    Ease of Use:

    Turbo Typing is very easy to use—which we felt was good, since there’s no real help support available for the program.

    Feature Set:

    Turbo Typing is a basic, no frills program that concentrates on basic drills and testing. There are 19 lessons available, with everything from individual finger exercises to drills on words or sentences. You can also view your test results on screen, view them in a graph or print them out as a certificate.

    Ease of Installation:

    We experienced no problems while installing Turbo Typing.

    Help/Support:

    IMSI does a very poor job supporting Turbo Typing. There is no help available with in the program, but there is a manual available if you purchase it in a box. We were very disappointed in IMSI’s customer support. Although there is online FAQs and a user forum available, but you have to pay $ 9.95 per call if you need telephone support or $4.95 per shot for email support, which we feel is an absolutely inexcusable rate.

    Summary:

    Although Turbo Typing from IMSI is a good product with a low price tag, you may end up paying big bucks in the end.

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    Typing Blaster

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    Win

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    1.4 MB

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    Shareware $28.88

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    TypingBlaster is the drill sergeant of typing tutors. Few tutors so closely simulate the standard drills of a live typing class. The product has study material for a wide range of skill levels, from the basic to very advanced. Text-typing exercises are arranged in 20 lessons. Learning is backed up by educational games and the intelligent Revision wizard. Section length can run from 1 to 30 minutes and a log file of important “grade” statistics such as CPM (characters per minute) and accuracy is generated. You may even challenge yourself further by setting a target speed rate anywhere from a ho-hum 70cpm to an astounding 200cpm. The trial version contains only the first six lessons.

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    Typing Master

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    Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP/Vista; Mac/Linux

    Size:

    4.4 MB

    License:

    Shareware $39.90

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    LINK (win)

    Don’t let slow typing hold you back! With TypingMaster Pro you can double your typing speed and get rid of typing errors. Just imagine the impact on your productivity!

    Rich in content and features, TypingMaster Pro typing software offers extensive study material and advanced reporting. With our easy-to-use captivating typing tutor results are guaranteed. Take your typing to the next level, try with the free demo or buy your license now!

    Extra! The Satellite diagnostic tool monitors typing when using any Windows software and creates fully personalized exercises to focus on difficult keys and words.

    Product Highlights

    Versatile drills, exercises and tests

    User-friendly design Dynamic reviews Detailed progress reports The Satellite for personalized training

    Unique Features for Optimal Learning

    Versatile Study Material

    Five comprehensive courses The five typing courses cover the whole keyboard - including special marks, numeric keypad - and help you to accelerate your typing speed.

    Multi-form exercises

    The visual keyboard drills, timed texts, games and dynamic reviews will get you in the flow and keep you engaged.

    Following Your Progress

    Advanced feedback and tips Get instructive feedback on your progress and difficulties as well as personal learning tips.

    Professional typing tests

    Test your typing speed with a professional timed tests and view your results with a detailed report.

    Illustrated statistics

    Follow your progress with graphical long-term statistics.

    Optimal Learning

    Optimized duration The duration of each exercise is based on your progress in accuracy and speed.

    Personal accuracy goal

    Set a personal accuracy goal level for the entire course.

    Smart review

    Let TypingMaster keep track of your problem keys and help you improve your skills with personalized review exercises.

    TypingMaster Satellite

    Let the Satellite analyze your typing in other programs for tailored training and typing statistics.

    Additional Features

    Support for multiple users Multiple users can easily improve with TypingMaster using the personal study profiles.

    QuickPhrase typing tool

    Store frequently used text snippets and paste them to any application with a few clicks.

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    TypingQueen

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    Windows 2000/XP

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    1.93 MB

    License:

    Shareware $14.95

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    The knowledge of touch typing has become inevitable today in the use of computers. With our typing tutor we show our users an easy and simple way to learn touch typing. Our typing tutor is self-understanding, so you can start right away (without lots of documentation). TypingQueen has a course of 20 typing lessons. Whether you are beginner or have experience in touch typing, this typing tutor is tailor-made for you. Even people with daily use can also improve their typing skills with TypingQueen. For example, you can reach 60 or more words per minute ( wpm ) without fail. New in this version: 4 typing games and typing test.

    TypingQueen - Typing Tutor - For beginners and advanced students - Course of 20 typing lessons - 3 level learning concept - 206 typing exercise texts - 4 typing games - Typing test - Free demo

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    Word Wacker

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    Windows

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    3.34 MB

    License:

    Shareware $24.95

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    Program Features

    Our touch typing programs have been in use for over 20 years to teach typing to thousands of people. Our exercises are designed to make typing fun and easy for those who want to learn at their own pace. Features include:

    The “Little Professor” as your private tutor

    Learning Aids: Pictures, Error Analysis, Suggestions Report Cards: Speed, Accuracy Control Panel - Customizing Features 50 Beginning Exercises 50 Skill Building Exercises 100 Advanced Exercises 100 Speed Building Exercises 100 Accuracy Exercises 100 Progress Exercises Numeric Pad Exercises Flash Card Exercises Timed Exercises: 1-, 3- & 5-minute Exercises - Develop Your Own WEB - Download 1-,3- & 5-Minute Exercises WEB - Download Flash Card Exercises Handle Up to 20 Users Back to the Classroom Exercises

    XT Typing Tutor

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    Win 2000/2003/XP

    Size:

    11.7 MB

    License:

    Shareware $17.95

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    This is a most recent typing tutor that comes with a new typing technique inspired by the classical guitar playing method. It is new and different from what other typing tutorials have to show. It’s only available for the QWERTY type of keyboards for now.

    This is what makes this typing tutor unique:

    it teaches you how to use all your fingers (including your THUMBS!) without looking at the keyboard it shows you exactly how to place (prepare) your fingers before typing parts of words it allows you to edit your own lessons it allows you to edit the way parts of words (combinations) may be typed

    However, there are MANY combinations where you must use your THUMBS in order to get the best typing speed.

    Other features:

    contains a full set of over 100 carefully made lessons

    it remembers the mistakes you make and lets you practice in order to learn how to type correctly it allows you to measure your typing speed by choosing a text file and typing its content it allows an unlimited number of persons use a licensed copy on a single computer This program is addressed to those that truly want to improve their typing speed and accuracy, that want to learn the best technique out there.

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    Best 10 Typing Programs Reviews 2008

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    Typing Software Reviews 2008

    Side-by-side comparisons

    1. Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing

    2. Typing Instructor

    3. 21st Century Typing

    4. TypingMaster

    5. TurboTyping

    6. Typing Tutor For Dummies

    7. Touch Tutor Typing

    8. Typing Pal

    9. Instant Typing

    10. Instant Immersion Typing

    Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing Deluxe 20Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing Deluxe 20

    Manufacturer: Broderbund

    With a complete re-design, Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing® Deluxe 20 may not look familiar, but we promise that Mavis Beacon still provides guaranteed improvements in only 2 weeks.

    Mavis Beacon’s unrivaled typing training program has great features that will benefit any user, from students just starting out to professionals looking to squeeze a few more emails into the work day.

    • Dynamic personal instruction automatically places and adjusts the lesson plans to users’ individual performance
    • 12 fun & challenging typing games that will keep users coming back
    • Over 325 practice session options
    • Detailed tracking & reporting

    New Features

    Core Curriculum Improvements

    While the core curriculum within Mavis Beacon remains as effective as ever, we’ve introduced a Curriculum Map to make it easier for users to see where they are in the overall training program.

    Re-designed Games

    Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing 20 Deluxe features 12 re-designed games. Each game provides a fun and motivating way to practice and improve typing skills.

    More Practice Content

    With over 325 different sessions, passages and tests, there is something for everyone in the Practice Area. Content includes passages and sessions from literary classics, historical autobiographies, poetry and more!

    Key Features

    Dynamic Personal Instruction

    Leverage Mavis Beacon’s renowned Adaptive Response Technology™ to run through the core training curriculum and maximize your improvements in the shortest time possible. Mavis Beacon will automatically place you in the lessons based on your current skill level and adjust your path as you progress through the training program.

    Practice Area

    Mavis Beacon lets you choose what you use to practice your typing. Select from hundreds of articles and passages covering a wide variety of topics and subjects including literary classics, history, autobiographies and poetry.

    Typing Games

    With a total of 12 typing games designed to improve your speed, accuracy and/or rhythm, the Games Area is sure to be a favorite destination for any user.

    Progress Tracking & Reporting

    Mavis Beacon tracks your performance over time and provides a series of reports so that you can understand and review your progress.

    • The Summary report gives a snapshot of the users’ cumulative performance.
    • Keyboard Proficiencies show detailed performance by individual key, allowing users to see on which keys they need improvement.
    • The Curriculum Map provides users with a view of where they are within the Mavis Beacon Training Program.
    • Progress Over Time charts users’ performance on milestone lessons over an extended period, giving users a view of how much they have improved.

    Spanish Mode

    In Spanish Mode, Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing presents help, reports and more in Spanish, allowing Spanish- and English-language learners to get more out of their time with Mavis Beacon.

    System Requirements

    PC

    • Windows Vista and XP SP2
    • 128 MB RAM / 512MB RAM (Vista)
    • Pentium III 700 MHz or higher
    • 300 MB free hard disk space
    • 32 MB graphics card
    • 24-bit color monitor, 1024×768 resolution
    • CD/DVD-ROM drive
    • Windows® compatible sound card
    • Windows® compatible mouse

    MAC

    • OS 10.4 and later
    • 256 MB RAM
    • PowerPC G4, G5 and Intel 800 MHz or faster
    • 300 MB free hard disk space
    • 32 MB graphics card
    • 24-bit color monitor, 1024×768 resolution
    • CD/DVD-ROM drive
    • Stuffit® application

    Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing Reviewer’s Comments


    TopTenREVIEWS - Gold Award - Awarded for excellence in design, useability and feature set

    Our first pick and the “TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award Winner” is Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing Deluxe 20 from Broderbund. With an extraordinarily easy-to-use format and a perfect score in every area we reviewed, Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing Deluxe is the most capable program we found for typing professionals and even typing newbies.

    We also looked at their slightly scaled down Standard Version (for $19.95) - a great value for those on a budget. It is short 20 lessons and 2 games, but otherwise includes all the same features as the Mavis Deluxe version.

    Or if you’re looking for a fuller Mavis Beacon typing program, try the Platinum Version (for $29.99) - with two additional games, even more practice content, and enhanced language options.

    Learning this software is fun – with plenty of videos, games, custom lesson plans and interactive guides. Plus, this version supports the OS Palm, so you can take it anywhere.

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    Ease of Use:

    Broderbund’s program was the most successful typing software we reviewed at combining a diverse, multi–featured program with a simple, easy–to–use format. We feel anyone, from kids to adults, from computer novices to advanced users, will be able to learn quickly and efficiently using Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing 20 Deluxe.

    Feature Set:

    Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing 20 Deluxe offers one of the largest feature sets available, including videos and interactive guides to instruct you on proper typing ergonomics so that your typing habits will be comfortable and healthy.

    With Mavis Beacon you can also create custom lesson plans and learning environments by practicing with content that interests you most, by personalizing your keyboard and sound options and by setting your own typing speed goals. For fun learning, this program offers ten, arcade–style typing games designed to improve your typing speed, accuracy and even rhythm.

    Mavis Beacon uses Adaptive Response Technology™, which adjusts your lesson plan to best fit your specific age, skill–level and progress. You can also track your progress over time with this program’s performance analysis feature.

    You can even download Mavis Beacon to your Palm OS® for convenient, on–the–go typing practice.
    Ease of Installation:

    We experienced no problems while installing Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing 20 Deluxe.

    Help/Support:

    Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing 20 Deluxe comes with a comprehensive, PDF file user manual, which you can print, as well as some brief help tips within the program. You can also contact Broderbund by email or call their telephone customer support line.

    Summary:

    Whether you’re just learning to type, looking to make a career move or simply want to hone your current typing skills, Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing 20 Deluxe by Broderbund can’t be beat

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    Typing Instructor Deluxe

    Manufacturer: Individual Software

    Typing Instructor Deluxe

    Features:

    • Choose from many Typing Plans or build your own
    • Navigate easily and choose your typing material
    • New! Dynamic Learning Method
    • Save your results and reports to track progress
    • Learn voice-touch typing (dictation)
    • 3 unique Travel Themes
    • Colorful Photos and Music
    • Ten Exciting Games
    • 300+ Magazine Articles

    System Requirements:

    • Pentium® 133 PC or Higher
    • Microsoft Windows XP, ME, 2000, or 98
    • 50 MB RAM available
    • Hard Drive space available: 580 MB (full install)
    • Double speed CD-ROM Drive
    • 800 x 600 16 Bit or higher display
    • 16-bit Sound Card
    • Speakers or Headphones
    • Mouse

    Recommended: Internet Connection

    Required for Typing Games: DirectX® 8 — compatible video card

    Typing Instructor Reviewer’s Comments


    TopTenREVIEWS - Silver Award - Awarded for excellence in design, useability and feature set

    Our second pick and the “TopTenREVIEWS Silver Award Winner” is Typing Instructor Deluxe from Individual Software. With a truckload of features, including some of the best typing games for children, Typing Instructor Deluxe is perfect for the entire family.

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    Ease of Use:

    As you move through the program (assuming you have a sound card and speakers), you’ll receive audio instructions to help you to know where to go and what to do next. Not only is this program fun to use, but we feel Typing Instructor Deluxe is a cinch for most people to master. Young children may need some extra help the first time through, however.

    Feature Set:

    With 64 different lessons, 80 practice sessions and over 300 practice articles, Typing Instructor Deluxe offers more features than any other typing program we’ve seen. You can also develop or hone your 10–key skills using 16 skill–building lessons, and you can customize the program with additional material and personalized tests.

    This typing program puts a fun twist on typing practice with ten typing games, making typing instruction fun for both kids and adults alike. Some games offer different challenge levels and keeps track of the highest scorer for bragging rights.

    Typing Instructor Deluxe also offers over 60 built-in music choices, and you can import your favorite music files too. You can also customize the length of any of the program’s 26 typing tests—anywhere from one to five minutes—to better fit your needs.

    This program also offers quick, easy viewing of your typing progress with six different options, like Results of all Activities, Test Results by Fingers and Last 10 Test Results, to name a few. Each report provides detailed information, some in graph form. Typing Instructor Deluxe also allows you to print an official–looking certificate detailing your typing speed and accuracy.
    Ease of Installation:

    We experienced no problems while installing Typing Instructor Deluxe.

    Help/Support:

    Individual Software offers praiseworthy support for Typing Instructor Deluxe. The program’s built–in help includes audio instructions as you move through the program, as well as a guided tour. Telephone and email technical support is available directly from Individual Software.

    Summary:

    Typing Instructor Deluxe by Individual Software is a feature–packed, fun typing program designed for the whole family. With a well–designed format and plenty of support, Typing Instructor Deluxe will increase your typing skills while keeping you interested, no matter your age.

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    21st Century Typing

    Features:

    • Correct finger positioning displayed on computer screen.
    • For non beginners initial test determines skill level.
    • 14 lessons to introduce keys. These 14 lessons break down typing into easily learned segments. Includes 10 key lesson.
    • 14 tests to check skill level at each lesson.
    • 14 practice sessions to reinforce particular skills.
    • A library of books to practice real-world samples.
    • Lessons do not include images which distract from learning making learning easier.
    • Program allows you to quickly and easily monitor your rate of progress, a feature which will reduces learning time.
    • If you make a mistake you will hear a beep. Don’t stop if you make an error, just keep typing. Errors are displayed below the text to type in red.
    • Choose your multimedia theme: Prehistoric or Modern.
    • Certificates of completion when you pass each test.
    • Two games to play to make typing fun.
    • Results provides graphic reports of speed or accuracy by hand, finger, row, and key. This allows you to identify problem areas.
    • Program help under help on tool bar.

    System Requirements:

    • Windows: 95, 98, 2000, NT, Me, XP
    • Minimum RAM: 16 MB
    • For sound features: Sound card
    • Minimum CPU: Pentium 90 MHz, P/90
    • Minimum Monitor requirement: 256 color
    • Hard disk space 21 MB

    21st Century Typing Reviewer’s Comments


    TopTenREVIEWS - Bronze Award - Awarded for excellence in design, useability and feature set

    Our third pick and the “TopTenREVIEWS Bronze Award Winner” is 21st Century Typing from 21st Software Corp. Although this typing program lacks many of the features offered by our #1 and #2 picks, 21st Century Typing is a high–quality typing program that’s simple, easy to use and effective.

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    Ease of Use:

    21st Century Typing is extremely user–friendly; just follow the instructions presented in both brief tutorials and you’ll be on your way to mastering the program.

    Feature Set:

    With 40 separate skill–building lessons, 21st Century Typing gives you the tools you need to improve both your typing speed and accuracy. The program offers a pretest that determines which program level best matches your typing skills.

    Some lessons allow you to focus on a specific hand, individual fingers, 10–key or even the characters and symbols on the keyboard. There are two games available that add fun and variety to your typing practice, but these games aren’t adjustable to match your skill level.

    You can test your speed skills with 21st Century Typing a few different ways—you can focus on either words per minute, accuracy or adjusted words per minute. The program presents your speed and accuracy results on the screen, which you can print if you wish.

    21st Century Typing also provides several customizable options, including statistical presentations, sounds effects, test/lesson lengths and passing requirements. This typing program also includes a large typing practice library, but you cannot add your own selections, as you can in higher–ranked typing software.
    Ease of Installation:

    We had no problems installing 21st Century Typing.

    Help/Support:

    21st Century Typing offers adequate support, mostly in its two brief tutorials-one explains how to use the lessons and the other teaches you how to play the games. The typing program also includes a built-in index search that offers information on specific subjects.

    You can also receive help directly from 21st Software Corp. through FAQs on their homepage or by email. We were disappointed 21st Software Corp. didn’t offer a telephone support number.
    Summary:

    21st Century Typing from 21st Software Corp. is a solid product that’s easy to use and has plenty to offer. If you’re looking for a basic typing program that will get the job done without all the bells and whistles, then this product is for you.

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    TypingMaster

    Features:

    • Learn to efficiently use the whole keyboard, including special marks and the numeric keypad.
    • Develop your skills with visual keyboard drills, instructive games and dynamic review.
    • Test your typing speed with a professional typing test and print out a test diploma.
    • Follow your progress with the help of graphical long-term statistics.
    • Let TypingMaster keep track of your problem keys and help you to improve your skills with personalized review exercises.
    • Multiple users can easily improve with TypingMaster by using the personal study profiles.

    System Requirements:

    • Windows 95, 98, NT4, ME, 2000, XP
    • 15 MB free disk space

    TypingMaster Reviewer’s Comments


    TypingMaster Pro by TypingMaster is reasonable typing software with a good set of features. It is priced about the same as the Gold and Silver typing programs.

    Ease of Use:

    TypingMaster Pro is fairly easy to figure out, but there is no screen by screen information or instruction. There also isn’t any help built into the program or a help section available online.

    We found it pretty frustrating to use this program, for example, we know that you can practice 10-key with it, but we simply could not find it or anything that could tell us where to look.
    Feature Set:

    TypingMaster offers a “Pro Trainer” tool that analyzes your typing while you use certain Windows applications and then creates a customized lesson based on your weaknesses. You can also customize your drills and tests to work on a specific typing weakness easily.

    TypingMaster Pro allows you to select between nine different languages to use and between 34 different types of keyboards. There are also some basic games for typing fun available with the program. TypingMaster Pro contains an easy-to-read reports page, which can be printed out in the form of a certificate of achievement.

    We did have a problem with the program’s testing system. Basically when you’re taking a test, the word you are supposed to type is underlined for you. But when you move to the next word, it takes an extra moment for the underline to move also. This problem becomes more irritating the faster you type.
    Ease of Installation:

    We experienced no problems while installing TypingMaster Pro.

    Help/Support:

    TypingMaster Pro offers built-in help that is accessible from the “Information” screen and there is FAQs available online where you will find the answers to common questions. There is also an online form you can use to email questions directly to customer support.

    Summary:

    TypeMaster from TypeMaster Pro is a basic, no-frills program that offers a great deal of lesson and test customization.

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    TurboTyping

    Features:

    • Track Your Progress In Windows® Applications
    • TurboTyping integrates with your standard Windows® applications to analyze and perfect your typing skills as you work on your daily projects that require typing. Then return to TurboTyping to monitor your progress and customize review exercises to target problem areas.
    • TurboTyping’s comprehensive study materials include ergonomic typing techniques to decrease stress in your arms and help prevent injury.
    • TurboTyping supports 3 different languages — English, French and Spanish. Plus, it includes a virtual keyboard with 7 additional language settings and allows the user to change the keyboard settings if using a language keyboard other than English.

    System Requirements:

    • Windows® 98
    • Windows® ME
    • Windows® NT
    • Windows® 2000
    • Windows® XP

    TurboTyping Reviewer’s Comments


    Turbo Typing from IMSI is inexpensive, easy-to-use typing software that has a decent set of features, but lacks the support needed to be truly useful.

    Ease of Use:

    Turbo Typing is very easy to use—which we felt was good, since there’s no real help support available for the program.

    Feature Set:

    Turbo Typing is a basic, no frills program that concentrates on basic drills and testing. There are 19 lessons available, with everything from individual finger exercises to drills on words or sentences. You can also view your test results on screen, view them in a graph or print them out as a certificate.

    Ease of Installation:

    We experienced no problems while installing Turbo Typing.

    Help/Support:

    IMSI does a very poor job supporting Turbo Typing. There is no help available with in the program, but there is a manual available if you purchase it in a box. We were very disappointed in IMSI’s customer support. Although there is online FAQs and a user forum available, but you have to pay $ 9.95 per call if you need telephone support or $4.95 per shot for email support, which we feel is an absolutely inexcusable rate.

    Summary:

    Although Turbo Typing from IMSI is a good product with a low price tag, you may end up paying big bucks in the end.

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    Typing Tutor For Dummies

    Features:

    • 144-page guide for preparing business correspondence and research papers
    • Self-paced typing tutorials to improve dexterity
    • Strengthen key proficiency with practice texts and dictations
    • Fun typing games to help increase speed and accuracy
    • Track and measure progress in all applications

    System Requirements:

    • Linux
    • Unix
    • Windows NT, 98, 95, 2000

    Typing Tutor For Dummies Reviewer’s Comments


    Typing Tutor for Dummies by Atari is a pretty easy to use typing software program that comes with a few good features. Unfortunately, the product’s lack of support and testing capabilities made it impossible for us to give it any higher ranking.

    Ease of Use:

    Typing Tutor for Dummies is fairly easy to use, which is a good thing as there’s very little help available. To use this product, you just click on the appropriate tab to move from section to section and then follow the brief instructions provided when you get there.

    Feature Set:

    Typing Tutor for Dummies offers several tabs to choose from, including Learning to use Ergonomics. From these tabs, you can access your typing stats, lessons, practice material, user options and ergonomic instructions. Audio dictation is available with this program.

    Typing Tutor for Dummies contains many practice sessions, as well as lessons. You can turn on or off sound, clock and other options for this program through the Settings Tab. And although this product doesn’t offer testing capabilities, you can time your practice sessions.
    Ease of Installation:

    We experienced no problems while installing Typing Tutor for Dummies.

    Help/Support:

    Atari offers help for Typing Tutor for Dummies in the form of brief, onscreen tips and a searchable index. We were unable to find any online support for this product.

    Summary:

    Typing Tutor for Dummies is a decent program for the price, but its lack of technical support from Atari and its nonexistent testing capabilities make it comparatively a poor pick

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    Touch Tutor Typing

    Features:

    • Type at the same speed that you read.
    • Type professionally without looking down at your keyboard ever again.
    • Concentrate on the documents content and not on the process of typing.
    • Respond to more emails in a shorter time.
    • Get more work completed.
    • Visit more chat rooms and actually contribute to the discussions.
    • Become an international speed typist.
    • Interactive Video based Training — Deluxe Edition only
    • 3-D On-Screen Keyboard — variety of keyboard styles
    • Quick & Easy Learning — 19 lessons from home keys to advanced keyboarding
    • On-Line Practice via the Internet with other touch type learners
    • Typing Speed Testing
    • Typing Accuracy Testing
    • Improve your Typing through games
    • Use inbuilt or custom speed and accuracy tests
    • Multiple learner profiles, password protection on login
    • History, speed & accuracy recording and printouts

    System Requirements:

    • 486 or Pentium (recommended)
    • 32 MB RAM memory (64 MB recommended)
    • CD-ROM drive
    • Sound card (recommended)
    • Windows 3.11, 95, 98, 2000, Me, XP or NT4
    • Mouse
    • Mac users — unfortunately we do not support MAC OS.

    Touch Tutor Typing Reviewer’s Comments

    Touch Tutor Typing Deluxe by Compucall Ltd. is extremely basic typing software that’s easy to use and offers decent help and support. But, for the price tag, this product just doesn’t give you your money’s worth.

    Ease of Use:

    Touch Tutor Typing Deluxe is extremely easy to use, as there’s not much to it. The navigation on this product is icon-based, with popup descriptions—which we felt was a nice touch.

    Feature Set:

    Touch Tutor Typing Deluxe can be used as a standalone product in a home or for a group in a classroom setting.

    The program comes with 19 separate lessons, which teach you how to type using the basic letters, and tests that go along with each lesson (the tests looks exactly like each lessons). There are also a few user options you can change within the program.
    Ease of Installation:

    We experienced no problems while installing Touch Tutor Typing Deluxe.

    Help/Support:

    Compucall Ltd. supports Touch Tutor Typing Deluxe with a telephone support line and 24-hour email support. There is not help built into the program or available FAQs.

    Summary:

    Although Touch Tutor Typing Deluxe by Compucall Ltd. is a simple, easy–to–use typing program.

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    Typing Pal

    Features:

    • Adapts automatically to all types of keyboards
    • Provides customized exercises adapted to your needs
    • Helps improve your speed and precision
    • Displays the keyboard characters
    • Gathers your typing statistics while you work with your usual software
    • 80 exercises
    • 65 practice paragraphs in English and 20 in Spanish
    • 20 oral dictations
    • 2 games for developing your skills while you have fun
    • A Spy that evaluates you performance while you work with your usual software (word-processing, email, etc.)
    • Made-to-measure improvement exercises
    • Advice on ergonomics

    System Requirements:

    • Pentium 200 Mhz or higher
    • Windows 95, 98, Me, NT4, 2000, XP
    • 32 MB of RAM
    • Sound Card
    • CD-ROM drive
    • Resolution of 800×600

    Typing Pal Reviewer’s Comments


    Typing Pal 3.0 by Enteractive Inc. is essentially the same program as Typing Tutor for Dummies.

    Typing Pal’s navigation tabs are slightly different and Typing Pal costs more than its sister product—these are the reasons this product received a lower ranking.

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    Instant Typing

    Features:

    • 4 CD-ROM suite to help you become a better typist
    • Shadow-hands demonstrations
    • Customized lessons for your skill level
    • Interactive games and typing tutorials
    • Full-featured talking program and a dictionary and thesaurus

    System Requirements:

    • Pentium or faster processor
    • Microsoft Windows 95, 98, or Me
    • 16 MB RAM
    • 25 MB hard disk space
    • 4x CD-ROM drive
    • SVGA video card
    • Sound card
    • Mouse, keyboard, and speakers

    Instant Typing Reviewer’s Comments

    Instant Typing is an older program that is no longer supported by its manufacturer, Topics Entertainment.

    Instant Typing comes with a strong feature set and customizable options that allow you to create lessons and tests that are geared toward your weaknesses. But with no support, purchasing Instant Typing is a gamble—if you have problems, you’re on your own.

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    Instant Immersion Typing

    Features:

    • Blast off from the home row of your keyboard with this multilingual, animated, arcade-style typing tutorial on CD-ROM. You set the speed, difficulty level, and practice exercises as you hone your keyboarding skills in your choice of English, French, Spanish, or Italian.

    System Requirements:

    • Windows 98, 98SE, NT 4.0, 2000, XP
    • Pentium 266 MHz or higher
    • 105 MB hard disk space
    • Microsoft DirectX 8.0 or greater
    • 16-bit color display (recommended)
    • Sound card (recommended)

    Instant Immersion Typing Reviewer’s Comments


    Instant Immersion Typing’s box somewhat resembles the Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing box but that’s where the similarity ends. Instant Immersion Typing is an animated, intergalactic arcade-style space game.

    This is a multilingual training suite where you can set the speed, difficulty level and the practice exercises allowing you to develop your skills using English, French, Spanish or Italian.

    The feature Set of Instant Immersion Typing is very limited – there is no support available from the manufacturer – if you purchase this product you are on your own.

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