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.
Touch typing is an invaluable skill that makes you a better performer in nearly everything you do on your computer. Good touch typing skills translate into less time needed to write emails, edit documents, browse the web, chat with friends and colleagues in instant messengers and do a lot of other things that require quick and accurate text input. In other words, the faster your type, the easier it is for you to fulfill your tasks and the more time you have for other things. It usually takes years to master touch typing, but you can drastically curtail this period by using specialized programs also known as touch typing tutors.
Rapid Typing is an innovative, feature-packed and absolutely free touch typing tutor that has helped countless users over the 5 years of its existence. The software can be efficiently used both by individuals and organizations - for instance, in computer classes or specialized touch typing courses. Rapid Typing is truly universal - it supports nearly all known languages, including all European languages, Urdu, Thai, Sanskrit, Hindi, Arabian and others. It also supports all existing keyboard layouts, including Dvorak, Dvorak for left or right hand, Colemak, BEPO, ABNT and a number of others, so users are not limited to learning to type in a single language using a single standard layout. The virtual keyboard of Rapid Typing is color-coded for better navigation and has virtual hands for extra realism. The program offers lessons for novices, advanced users and experts, so everyone will find a way to test their skills and improve them. Other notable features of the program include special lessons for the numeric keypad and special marks, saving of learning statistics and users' progress, a possibility to create custom lessons and modify standard ones, support for multiple users and import of touch typing lessons from plain text and RTF files.
What's new in this version:
Version 4.6.1: Typing Test: - Expert courses are available for the following keyboard layouts: - Arabic ASDF Eastern with Arabic-Indic digits; - German (Dvorak Type); - German (NEO); - German (de_ergo); - German (Latin1 without dead keys); - Greek (220); - Greek (319); - Greek (220) Latin; - Greek (319) Latin; - Greek Latin; - Greek Polytonic; - Russian (Typewriter); - US English Table for IBM Arabic 238_L; Other: Latvian interface language added; Minor bugs fixed.