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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 5.2
Version 5.2:
  • Rapid Typing is now also available as 64-bit Windows program
  • User logout without closing application
  • Teacher creates new student accounts with own lesson settings
  • Speed and Accuracy diagrams can be displayed together or separately
  • Lesson Goal is displayed on the Speed and Accuracy diagrams
  • Result window and student diagrams are displayed without delay
  • Using multi select to assign courses to a group
  • Use native digits for numeric formatting defined by the system's regional settings
  • The full support for the Right to Left languages
  • Persian course for experienced students
General
Publisher Typing Tutor Labs
Publisher web site http://www.rapidtyping.com/
Release Date August 26, 2016
Date Added August 26, 2016
Version 5.2
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 14.24MB
File Name RapidTyping_Setup_5.2_x32.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,851,293
Downloads Last Week 217
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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