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Editors' Review

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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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

Publisher Typing Tutor Labs
Publisher web site http://www.rapidtyping.com/
Release Date October 18, 2018
Date Added October 18, 2018
Version 5.3

Category

Category Educational Software
Subcategory Teaching Tools

Operating Systems

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

Download Information

File Size 13.67MB
File Name RapidTyping_Setup_5.3_x32.exe

Popularity

Total Downloads 1,854,431
Downloads Last Week 179

Pricing

License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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