The different types of typing practice software available in the market provide the users, especially data entry professionals, with tools to improve their speed and accuracy. Developing the touch typing skills of users is the prime objective behind creating these software products.
Ten Thumbs Typing Tutor
The software teaches the user about how to touch type through a number of lessons. 'Brick Factory' and 'Safari Park' are the two games included in this software. Along with excellent tutorials, the software also gives instructions on how to keep the right posture while typing. The software is basically developed for kids. However, experienced typists too can use the special tests that help improve their accuracy and speed. The software incorporates many interesting features ranging from those that highlight errors with red color, to ones that provide finger placement lessons. The 'Extra Practice' section allows the users to practice for worst keys, while 'History' section generates a report of number of keys learned, as well as the speed and accuracy of typing.
The software called MaxType LITE is a typing tester that works on the 'Windows' platform. It allows the user to practice typing skills and provides test results. Test diplomas provided by the software help users in reviewing their performance on the basis of 20 parameters. Keyboard layouts supported by the software include 'Dvorak', 'Support Qwerty', 'Azerty', and also a few Russian ones. Library of the MaxType LITE incorporates basic lessons, articles, lyrics of popular songs, and special exercises. The software also enables users to compete against the mtr-record files present in the collection, in order to increase typing speed. The MaxType LITE 1.6.11 version of this software is 2,334 Kb in size and requires a minimum desktop resolution of 800 x 600.
Analytical Eye Typing Tutor
This software helps develop the touch typing skills of users. The software was originally developed to cater to needs of school and college students.
The concept of this game is based on 'Space Invaders', an arcade game. The objective in this game is to blast 'alien' words by typing them correctly. In this game, difficult words appear on the screen and players have to type them correctly before they land or touch the baseline of the screen.
KID'S TYPING SKILLS
This software allows users to improve their typing skills through character and word drills. The software teaches the user about which finger to use for a specific key. Platforms on which this software can run are Windows 98, Windows XP, Windows Vista, NT, ME, and 2000. Once the software is downloaded, the file should be unzipped, so that the 'setup.exe' program is run for installing it.
The PacWriter 1.0 is an educational game meant to improve typing skills of users. The user can choose from different combination of letters to practice his typing skills. The software provides 20 levels from which the user can choose any single one and practice. The software runs on platforms like the Windows 2003, XP, Windows Vista, NT, ME, and 2000. Objective of the player in this game is to type quickly and accurately.
The typing practice software thus, help improve typing skills and allows its users to work efficiently. The fact that these software are distributed freely through the Internet makes it easy for users to obtain them.