Typist

Version: 2.01 || Release Date: 2007-10-20 || License: Freeware Developer: Takeshi OGIHARA | App Owner: rmolenda

Typist is a typing tutor, which helps you in learning touch typing.
If you have never taken any lessons in typing before, please be patient. Typing is not difficult but it does take a lot of practice. Avoid the tendency to look down at your fingers while typing. This is a very bad habit and is hard to break later.

If you have always used the hunt-and-peck method, you will have an even harder time keeping yourself from looking. Don't be surprised if you find touch typing slower than your old ways. It may be slower when you first start. But, touch typing is far faster once you get the hang of it.

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5 Opinions

This application taught me how to use the dvorak layout over two years ago. I've come back to it recently to improve my accounting skills on the number keypad. To this day, I still consider it to be the simplest, best, and least-unappealing application to learn typing on the mac. The others make my stomach churn (or my wallet). Admittedly I did change the icon to use the 'Font Book.app' icon. Perfect.

This is great little application. So simple and it does exactly what it needs to. I'm learning how to type really fast surprisingly. Like the last poster put it though, double spaces after periods is no longer considered correct along with manual dashes.

This application works pretty well, however some of the exercises teach deprecated typing techniques like putting two spaces after a period, and manually wrapping lines with a hyphen.
However, this problem is easy enough to solve. In the finder, right-click the application and "show package contents". From there, go to: Contents/Resources/English.lproj/lib/ , then open each of the files with TextEdit use Find/Replace to change [period][space][space] to [period][space].

I like the program very much. So far i used a self aquired typing technique using around 8 different fingers, but i want to be faster and more accurate. so far i like the training with typist. The lecutres are very well structures and include usefull repetitions mixed with new stuff.
The interface is very simple but that's just right. I mean its to train typing, not for making your coffee.

Looks decent... and it has Dvorak support!

Only downside I can see is that it's a bit too simplistic. Try it, you'll see what I mean.