Most of the modern class of computing device users have one thing in common. We use our fingers to communicate to our newfound overlords of productivity– the Mac, a Windows PC, an iPhone or iPad or any equivalent. Each requires a finger touch or even 10 fingers, as in typing on a keyboard.
My last review was about Type Fu for the Mac. It’s an inexpensive utility which drills you into ever higher levels of typing speed and accuracy with timed exercises. Think of it as a typing tutor for anyone who needs more typing skill in the form of speed and accuracy.
If your budget doesn’t allow for the few dollars required to make Type Fu fun and useful, then here’s the bargain app for tutoring typing. Typist. While not as loaded with features as the aforementioned tutor, Typist is free but also helps to drill you on the basics of typing.
Typist uses the lesson method and captures your keystrokes, typing speed, and error rate.
Unlike Type Fu, Typist doesn’t give you an onscreen keyboard but does have multiple drills (lessons) that include the keyboard, speed drills, calculator keyboard, and even the Dvorak keyboard layout.
Using Typist is easy. It displays what you need to type and records your progress and performance as you type each lesson.
Lessons are available from a drop down menu. At the bottom of the Typist window you’ll see strokes per minute, typing speed (based on words per minute), error ratio for the less, and the total lesson time.
Try a couple of lessons a day for a week and you’ll be a better typist, and the speed and improved accuracy helps to increase your keyboard productivity. And it’s all free.