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Rapid Typing Tutor

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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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4 stars

"Great Little Program"

October 01, 2011  |  By mauries

 |  Version: Rapid Typing Tutor 4.1


Simple,easy to use and makes typing lessons fun. As good as any typing tutor I have come across


None-ticks all the boxes


If you want to learn to type this is a great starting point

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5 stars

"Works great I love it"

September 09, 2011  |  By garyolewiler

 |  Version: Rapid Typing Tutor 4.1


It is easy to use


Found no cons

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4 stars

"Excellent for the novice keyboard clacker"

September 01, 2011  |  By dsslaw

 |  Version: Rapid Typing Tutor 4.1


-Very user friendly interface
-Go at your own speed program
-Can go back and re-train anytime (particularly helpful if you've been away from the program for a while).
-Helpful feedback


None that have cropped up yet.


This is the best keyboarding training program for the novice typist I've yet to see, at any price (and FREE is a big bonus). You will get out of it what you put into it, as is the case with most learning curves. What I particularly like is that this is not an all or nothing deal. If you're a two finger typist, after using this program for a couple of hours you will be a 3 - 5 finger typist, and if you are happy with that you're done. Or, keep on going and become a real speed demon. It's all up to the user and you can't beat the price. Finally, the clear and helpful feedback is seriously and objectively motivational. If your typing skills are not what you want or need them to be, it's difficult to find a reason to pass up this freeware jewel.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.1
Version 4.1 adds Windows Themes support ( the contrast schemes, big fonts, not-system fonts support ); adds the finger scheme for Anti-RSI layout( Two hands #6 ); adds added the changing of the statistics parameters on the Results dialog box; adds some user interface improvements;
Publisher Typing Tutor Labs
Publisher web site http://www.rapidtyping.com/
Release Date August 16, 2011
Date Added August 25, 2011
Version 4.1
Category Educational Software
Subcategory Teaching Tools
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 15.64MB
File Name RapidTyping_Setup_5.0.105.exe
Total Downloads 1,793,337
Downloads Last Week 698
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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