September 2012: Five apps to make you a better typist
If you do a lot of writing, it’s nice to be able to type at a speed that lets you complete a writing task as quickly and accurately as possible. Below are five software packages available to help you improve your typing skills.
1: TypingMaster Pro Typing Tutor
TypingMaster Pro Typing Tutor is one of the better typing tutorials on the market. It features a series of comprehensive lessons that collectively take several hours to complete. The software also tracks your progress and provides a number of statistics, even going so far as identifying the keys that are the most problematic for you. TypingMaster Pro Typing Tutor sells for $29.95.
2: Rapid Typing Tutor
Rapid Typing Tutor is a free utility that appears to be geared more toward beginners than experienced typists who want to increase their proficiency. It lacks many of the bells and whistles found in other typing tutorials, but it does offer a lesson editor you can use to create custom lessons.
3: Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing
Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing has been around for a long time. There isn’t a free trial of the current version of Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing, but Download.com offers a free trial of a slightly older version, which is good for getting a feel for how the software works. It is worth mentioning, however, that the download is about 400 MB in size. Like most of the other typing tutorials on the market, it offers classroom-style lessons, typing tests, and typing games.
4: Ten Thumbs Typing Tutor
Ten Thumbs Typing Tutor is a typing tutorial that is intended for beginners and advanced typists alike. Although the Viking theme might not appeal to everyone, it does help keep the otherwise monotonous typing lessons lighthearted and somewhat fun. In addition to the typing lessons, Ten Thumbs Typing Tutor offers a variety of typing games, and it can automatically create playlists from your iTunes account so that you can listen to music while you’re working on your typing skills. Ten Thumbs Typing Tutor is free to use for the first 10 days.
5: Bruce’s Unusual Typing Wizard
Bruce’s Unusual Typing Wizard is a fun and free typing tutorial, even if the interface does seem rather dated. (It works fine on Windows 7.) The program offers instructional text and then guides you through a series of typing lessons, all the while keeping track of your speed and accuracy. There is also a typing game.
Summarised from an article by Brien Posey posted on TechRepublic.