It is interesting to observe how computer users are working with the keyboard. Computer geeks rarely use less than eight fingers to hack into their keyboard while the average user is probably more used to a two or four finger system. That's where typing software comes into play. Using additional fingers to type in words on the computer keyboard increases productivity and the words per minute output.
Typing software is also great for kids who are making their first experiences with a computer system. Rapidtyping Typing Tutor is one of those typing software programs that can be used by adults and kids alike. It comes with a colorful interface that is showing an underwater environment that rewards the student with scenery changes and additional animals that are shown on the screen.
Adults can look behind this and concentrate on the typing software. Before it starts the user has to pick a fitting keyboard, the Typing Tutor is supporting several types of keyboard layouts like QWERTY, QWERTZ and AZERTY.
The typing software is using lessons to tutor the user. They begin with combinations of four characters (letters, syllables, numbers, special chars) that have to be typed repeatedly in alternating order before it is showing complete texts.
An extensive set of statistics is recording the progress of each lesson over time showing valuable information like time needed and characters per second for the lesson which should hopefully improve over time.
The typing software uses profiles to distinguish users which makes it excellent for families with several kids.
Update: Rapid Typing offers online and offline typing games, typing technique instructions, and related information. This makes the site ideal both for users who want to playfully improve their typing on site, and those who prefer desktop applications for the purpose.
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