Okay, it's truth or consequences time... we think we're pretty good
typists, right? We spend countless hours pounding these keys, after all. But let's face
it, most of us mere mortals scratch away at the keyboard with four to six claws we call
Well, here's some good news. Better typing means better efficiency, and TypingMaster is a tutor that can diagnose the lousy keyboard habits of experienced users, as well as teach solid typing skills to the more fortunate newcomers. Using all ten claws!
Now, now, it's NOT one of those awful things that has some shrill authoritarian voice barking out letters of the alphabet at you. TypingMaster will leave you your dignity, but it will work you like a dog. And your typing will improve almost immediately. (And you won't hate it.) The user interface is gorgeous and intuitive -- you'd just better be ready to type.
TypingMaster works almost like a game program, with various challenges, games and skill levels to be attained -- the main parameters being speed and accuracy. You cannot hide from this program: its algorithms watch your every keystroke, to analyze you personal typing foibles and suggest personalized exercises for your improvement.
For starters, you decide how much time you can stand per session, from 25 minutes to unlimited. Start easy! There are plenty or breaks, but when you're on the clock, it's heads-up time. The user interface consists of six index-tabbed sections, each containing all the program's options and functions. The Studying tab gives you access to a quick program run-through, and you access the TypingMaster drills here: keyboard exercise, text exercise, instructive games, story typing, and guided study. The Revision tab accesses the Revision Wizard, which gives you a personal analysis of your brush-up needs -- using teaching tools such as crazy sentence completion, a bubbles game, or WordTris game. (You'll think you're doing fine, then it starts going faster -- boredom is not a word that will occur to you.)
Just as the Revision Wizard identifies your problem-areas based on your keyboard input, the Statistics keeper won't let you crawl under a rock either -- it monitors your speed and efficiency and ranks it on a four-level scale from "beginner" to "expert." These calculations are summed up from the scores you've gotten on the various games and drills you've completed. A bar chart displays the keys you've demonstrated as having had problems using. This helps you choose the additional keyboard drills you need. There really is no mercy -- except to follow the recommended exercise plan and improve your skills. Which is the point of TypingMaster . It forces you to succeed.
All the keyboard exercises are geared at limbering stiff fingers and conditioning us to gain or regain a feel for the keyboard. TypingMaster pushes you, in livable degrees, to go faster, faster --until you find your reactions becoming more relaxed and automatic. And pleasantly enough, for the beads of sweat this program put on my brow, I could feel improvement within the first 25 minute session. And I kind of looked forward to having another shot at settling the score. It grows on you. Certainly the prospect of producing cleaner documents in less time will grow on you too. If you're serious about improving your typing, this is a serious typing tutor.
TypingMaster is free to try for 30 days, fully functional. Information for single-license and site-license ordering via major credit card or other means can be obtained at the product web site.
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