By Takeshi Ogihara
Open the Mac App Store to buy and download apps.
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.
Select a course, and exercise!!
What's New in Version 2.4.0
The size of window can be changed.
The progress of exercises can be recorded in iCloud.
As your exercises proceed, a "stamp" can be displayed optionally. There is a stamp for children.
You can set up typist so that a favorite picture may be displayed after exercises are completed.
This typing tutor software is mostly great and I only have a couple of minor complaints. Firstly although it says it sync progress with iCloud, it doesn’t do that. I’ve tried to cajole it to sync in many ways but every computer signed into iCloud operates completely separately. Obviously this isn’t ideal but it’s also not the end of the world (and iCloud is famously buggy so not entirely unexpected). The only other problem is although it supports English, it’s US (ANSI) English layout, so it assumes that to type a double quote, that’s shift-single-quote. For the basics though it’s fantastic - I’m touch typing at between 50 and 60 words per minute mainly because of the training in this app. I’ve tried other typing tutors and they are all utterly hopeless in comparison so considering this is free it’s a must-have (if you type on English qwerty or a Japanese layout).
Free but not very good for Dvorak
This application is an almost exact copy of GNU Typist (except for the GUI) but does not state this fact anywhere and should also be released under the same GPL license, but it’s free at least
The exercises are tedious and considering one can type thousands of words in Dvorak just using the home row, typing continually (aaa eee au au au ai ai ai) without mistakes is annoying and unnecessary. If one makes a single mistake in any of the boring drills, the exercise will have to be started again and it just becomes annoying rather than helpful. Don’t waste time with this and use some of the better free websites designed to teach real typing
Simple and very nice
its very simple and basic, you don’t need so many features to learn typing
for first time I practiced in type writer when I was young, but I wouldn’t waste a penny on buying others paid applications
this is good enough.