Rapid Typing Tutor

Rapid Typing Tutor

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 150 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.0
  • Total Downloads:
    1,754,140
  • Date Added:
    May 10, 2011
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    15.81MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,417
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Rapid Typing Tutor may be a good program to help novice typists improve, but experienced typists looking to increase their speed may be frustrated by the program's interface.

The program contains a series of lessons that scroll across the screen as the user types. Users can choose from lessons consisting of letters, syllables, capital letters, digits and symbols, or text. As each lesson scrolls across, a keyboard diagram shows an outline of hands moving to the appropriate key. Users type through each lesson and are then shown their scores on speed, accuracy, and arrhythmic input. The main problem with the interface is that experienced typists tend to scan ahead in the text they're typing from, focusing on words or phrases rather than individual letters. Rapid Typing Tutor allows users to see no more than a few characters ahead. And since the speed of the scroll depends on the speed of the typist, those who are already fairly quick may find that the blur of text flying across the screen is hard to process visually. Users who are just getting familiar with the keyboard layout likely won't be bothered by this, but they may grow increasingly frustrated as their speed increases.

In general the interface could be more intuitive, but most users should be able to figure it out. Users can create lessons, but it doesn't seem possible to cut and paste text from elsewhere into a new lesson, which is disappointing. Installation and uninstallation are trouble-free. For free software without limitations, this program is a boon to aspiring typists. More advanced keyboardists may wish to look elsewhere.

 
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  • Current Version

    4.3

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    out of 150 votes

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    • 4 star 57
    • 3 star 18
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    • 1 star 16
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4 stars

"It's progressively getting better with each new release"

August 21, 2011  |  By JamesAndersonJr

 |  Version: Rapid Typing Tutor 4.0

Pros

The graphics get better with each new release. Better organization has been added for version 4.0.

Cons

User interface still rough along the outer edges of the main window (tiny white blocks can be seen along edges against a dark desktop background) and buttons on the main black window look very unclean, quasi-child-like and rough to say the least.

Summary

I greatly commend them on their excellent efforts but unfortunately this is still a ways away from a (visually) clean application. Programming seems stable though, so I would still use it, and recommend it, but I encourage them to keep on improving. Hopefully by the time Windows 8 comes out they will own the most advanced typing tutor on Windows hands-down.

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5 stars

"My kid loves it."

July 25, 2011  |  By sarafultz

 |  Version: Rapid Typing Tutor 4.0

Pros

great for students learning to type
my daughter says it is almost like the one they use in school called UltraKey
saved me $50 (because I didn't have to buy UltraKey)
Even younger kids can use it
I like it too =)

Cons

None that I have found yet

Summary

My daughter was soooo bored over the summer and needed something to make her brain have a bit more activity. We have been on the computer a lot learning new things before she starts 5th grade this next year. She wanted to work on her typing and said that her school has something called UltraKey. UltraKey was $50 so I came to CNET to find something that she would agree with.
My daughter picked this program herself after doing some compare shopping and she thinks it is just as good as UltraKey. It even has one thing that UltraKey does not. Games!!!. Now she can have fun and better her typing skills. Maybe I can even get my 6 year old to start working on his typing too.
Thanks for coming through for me yet again CNET!

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5 stars

"Really works"

July 18, 2011  |  By brandi_cheyanne

 |  Version: Rapid Typing Tutor 4.0

Pros

Has increased my typing speed

Cons

Color screme

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5 stars

"This is a fun and great product for kids."

July 11, 2011  |  By sightedrewards

 |  Version: Rapid Typing Tutor 4.0

Pros

Colorful graphics for kids. Great lessons for anyone wanting to master touch typing. Easy and fast results

Cons

None, I have tried a couple different ones, and this one is great.

Summary

I like the ability to adjust the lessons according to a student's previous experience.

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2 stars

"Not good enough"

July 10, 2011  |  By rfbonte

 |  Version: Rapid Typing Tutor 4.0

Pros

It does provide a way to learn typing.
Its free.

Cons

Not attractive enough for youngsters.
Not in native language (dutch)

Summary

For an adult this could work, but not attractive enough for a non english child.

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5 stars

"EXCEPTIONAL! My five year old likes it more than I do!"

June 29, 2011  |  By Reezzii

 |  Version: Rapid Typing Tutor 4.0

Pros

The font is big and the backdrop colors are vibrant. Your results are quick and accurate!

Cons

I did not find anything negative about the program!

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4 stars

"Easy to use, good product"

June 02, 2011  |  By SummitCity

 |  Version: Rapid Typing Tutor 4.0

Pros

Rapid Typing Tutor 4.0 is easy to use, it takes you through the basic lessons quite easily. Even fat fingered hunt & peck typists such as myself seem to be able to use it and even learn something.

Cons

None that I have found as of yet.

Summary

I'd recommend this to anyone who doesn't know how to type, and even to those of us who would like to think they did.

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4 stars

"Good way to improve typing skills"

May 30, 2011  |  By HunterDX77M

 |  Version: Rapid Typing Tutor 4.0

Pros

Fast, easy to learn and more customizable than the previous version

Cons

I wish the interface looked a little more professional, but it is still nice the way it is.

Summary

The program itself is just fine. It's me that's the problem. I got so into the habit of the old program with its static cursor and one line of text that I had difficulty adjusting to this new format they have going for them. But again, this is my fault, not theirs. This is actually a more realistic way to type, anyway.

The themes they offer are a little childish and I wish there was something slightly more professional available as a theme. Sometimes, when people see that I am using this program they assume that I am playing a game or something (which I am not) because of the vibrant colors and such.

But as I have said for previous versions, this program is great! It single-handedly got be out of the find-and-peck method of typing I used to use and now I type like a normal person.

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5 stars

"mighty fine"

May 12, 2011  |  By hleemcc

 |  Version: Rapid Typing Tutor 4.0

Pros

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Cons

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4 stars

"Just got started, but it is working great"

May 11, 2011  |  By qualitymike

 |  Version: Rapid Typing Tutor 4.0

Pros

It seems to be working and I set aside time each day to learn more.

Cons

I have not found any cons.

Summary

I have tried different typing programs, this one seems to be the one that I am progressing the quickest.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.0
Version 4.0 added multi-line support; added support of the Ctrl+Alt+Shift+key; improved running speed ( including running by LAN and Flash card ); improved user interface.
General
Publisher Typing Tutor Labs
Publisher web site http://www.rapidtyping.com/
Release Date May 06, 2011
Date Added May 10, 2011
Version 4.0
Category
Category Educational Software
Subcategory Teaching Tools
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 2003
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 15.81MB
File Name RapidTyping_Setup_5.0.98.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,754,140
Downloads Last Week 1,417
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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