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RapidTyping Portable

By Typing Tutor Labs Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Aug 18, 2011

RapidTyping is a popular typing tutor program. RapidTyping Portable is a fully portable version of the educational freeware, one that runs directly from a portable device such as a USB drive on any Windows machine, but without having to be installed or leaving files, folders, or registry entries behind when you close it. This makes it a great choice for students, who can use the same program at school and at home.

We downloaded and extracted the program's zipped executable and associated files, which we saved to a Portable Apps folder on the desktop that we use specifically to keep track of tools like RapidTyping. Although it's portable, this tool has all the features of the installed version, including a multiuser capability. Also like the installed version, RapidTyping Portable sports a colorful, easy-to-manage interface that is designed to be as simple to use as possible. We could rapidly select between Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert levels as well as various lesson groups. Clicking icons on the left edge let us toggle quickly among the tool's main view, the stats page, and the lesson editor. The stats page displayed our results in words per minute or characters per minute, as we chose, and also displayed accuracy, lesson duration, and other useful data. Using the Lesson Editor, we could create custom lessons that let us focus on areas of weakness, such as a tendency to hit one wrong character. We could also change the program's background image by clicking Wallpaper.

As with many typing tutors, RapidTyping's color-coded keys, choice of keyboard configurations, and other options will make it easy for beginners to get started as well as enable experienced students to hone their skills. It's highly recommended for students, professionals, or for anyone who wants to brush up on his or her typing skills.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 5.3

Current lesson
  • When a user finishes the final lesson of the current course, the next course will start automatically.
Student list
  • Moving students between groups. ("Drag-and-Drop" or "Ctrl+X" and "Ctrl+V" shortcuts)
Statistics
  • Added "Speed" and "Accuracy" markers on the diagram current item's label.
  • Added "Shift" and "Ctrl" hot-keys for item selection on the lesson statistics diagram.
Lesson editor
  • Moving lessons between sections and courses.
  • "Create new section" command added.
  • "Properties" window has been deleted from the "Lesson editor".
  • The "Save statistics of the incomplete lesson" has been moved from "At the close application" section into the "Lesson Duration" section. Also, this option is disabled when "Do not stop the lesson" is selected.
  • The "Save all" menu command saves all courses for all keyboard layouts.
Also
  • The "Confirmation" message box appears if the user does not have right-access to the Student/Lesson folders.
  • Check-box "Apply to all" has been added to the "Confirmation" window when existing groups, students or courses are inserted.
  • More than 50 bugs have been fixed.

General

Release October 18, 2018
Date Added October 18, 2018
Version 5.3

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 10, Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 121,888
Downloads Last Week 2
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Developer's Description

A portable version of the popular RapidTyping, this software marks the latest in typing software. Learning how to type with RapidTyping is both a fun and productive experience. The portable version means that it does not need to be installed on your PC and it can run straight off a USB flash drive or any other type of media. Making it an even more attractive possibility, RapidTyping is also entirely free. Lessons are conveniently set up in such a manner that you can improve your typing abilities or start at the absolute beginning. Multiple user support makes RapidTyping a perfect tool for educational facilities such as schools and universities. Professional typists, teachers and writers will find the ability of RapidTyping to create their own courses tailored to each student truly invaluable. Custom lessons and courses allow designing your very own typing tutor tailored specifically to your needs. RapidTyping provides a complete virtual keyboard with both hands moving over it to show the right typing position for each hand and finger. Highlighted zones for each finger help you learn placing your fingers properly a second nature in no time. In a surprisingly little amount of time, you will be able to learn touch typing, the only proper and professional way to type. This typing software is designed to be intuitive and innovative and fun to use for children and adults alike. It will help you get over any unwanted habits you have obtained in the past and replace them with better typing habits.