Ten Thumbs Typing Tutor is a touch-typing tutorial that uses fun games, adaptive lessons, iTunes accompaniment, and a goofy Viking character to help make learning to type more fun. This app takes a holistic approach to typing instruction, starting with basic good habits (such as how to sit for maximum comfort and efficiency) and following with timed lessons that adapt on the fly to give you more practice with any problem areas. Ten Thumbs Typing Tutor provides a lot of feedback on your progress, and two different games (Brick Factory, in which you build the Eiffel Tower, and Safari Park, where you dodge missiles and alligators) let you take a break while sharpening your skills. Ten Thumbs Typing Tutor also comes with an iTunes SongSeeker feature, which can help you practice by downloading and typing lyrics to songs from your iTunes library as you listen to them. Overall, Ten Thumbs Typing Tutor is an enjoyable and engaging tutorial--but you get what you pay for, and users also have free and lower-priced options to choose from in this category.
Ten Thumbs Typing Tutor teaches the skill of touch-typing (typing with all the fingers without looking at the keys) in an accessible step-by-step way. Ten Thumbs has received critical acclaim for its easy-to-use, step-by-step approach to learning keyboard skills. The program is suitable for learners of all ages, and is used in schools, at home, in colleges, universities, and industry, including call centers and financial services organizations. Learn using full and proper QWERTY or Dvorak tuition with U.S and British keyboard support. The rich, customizable feature set includes network support, a range of feedback options, and automatic weighting of lessons to get you learning most effectively.
Also includes Dutch keyboard and language support added and added Swiss keyboard support to French and German languages.
October 31, 2009
Version: Ten Thumbs Typing Tutor 4.7
Runs well on MacOSX, unlike Spongebob and Mavis Beacon. The practice text is all nonsense sentences, and strangely, this is a great feature: they are oddly entertaining and keep you on your toes. The games are challenging and varied.
If you have some typing skill and start at the beginning, it takes a while to go through the whole keyboard; I could probably have saved some time by opting for the typing assessment instead.
Split network and single user into separate versions. Overhauled French language. Added printable progress reports from each lesson report. Added ability to export and print compiled student reports for teachers. Improvements to iTunes with added compatibility on Leopard. Bug fixes and enhancements